Director of Sustainability
Shane Stennes is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Shane works with staff, students, and faculty to advance campus sustainability, particularly as relates to energy, food, construction, transportation, water, and waste management systems. Shane is also responsible for campus sustainability reporting, the campus Climate Action Plan (z.umn.edu/CAP) and Second Nature Carbon Commitment, engaging the campus community in sustainability initiatives, and program management. Prior to becoming Director of Sustainability in 2015, Shane served in a variety of related roles including Chief Administrative Officer for the University's Facilities Management department, Sustainability Coordinator for University Services, and Human Resource Consultant for University Services. Shane has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and a Master of Human Resources degree from the University of South Carolina. He is looking forward to engaging in hands-on learning with the students, co-instructors, and German colleagues to understand the interface between social, technical, and political aspects of the German energy transition.