Meet Our Team

    The Office of Sustainability at Washington College facilitates programs and initiatives to transition institutional culture to restore ecological balance and social justice to our world. 

    Interim Director of Sustainability and Regenerative Living

    Shane BrillShane Brill '03 M'11 is Assistant Director of the Eastern Shore Food Lab where he explores the relationship between human diet, health, and sustainability. He brings expertise in permaculture to institutional efforts relating to health and nutrition, waste reduction, energy conservation, fiscal responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and food literacy and access.  

    Climate Resilience Coordinator

    Emily RuggEmily Rugg '20 is the Climate Resilience Coordinator, assisting in the launch of key institutional efforts in reducing Washington College’s carbon footprint and building overall resilience to climate change. Currently, Emily manages the College’s renewable energy initiatives and leads a pioneer forest carbon project on Washington College’s River & Field Campus.

    Carbon Analyst

    Sarah PoloSarah Polo '21 is a senior majoring in environmental studies with minors in anthropology and biology. She has been the carbon analyst intern for the past 2 years where she has calculated the college’s carbon footprint. Her efforts have provided an understanding of what sustainability practices the college can improve upon.


    Sustainability Council

    Representives from several student environmental organizations synchronize efforts for greater community impact. Contact Sustainability Intern Sarah Polo at for more information about this dynamic group.

    Sustainability Working Group

    Faculty, staff, students, and members of our Board of Visitors and Governors are working to establish baselines for the creation of a strategic plan in accord with our institutional trajectory. 

    Partners in Leadership

    We work closely with the Center for Environment & Society, SGA, and student organizations including SEA, Campus Garden, Compost Team, and Food Recovery Network.  

    Developing Projects

    • Compost Program
    • Forest Carbon Project
    • Gift Wall
    • Green Spaces Campus Map
    • Waste Reduction Campaign