Speakers

Meghan Fay Zahniser has been with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for 11 years and previously held the positions of Director of Programs and STARS Program Manager. Prior to AASHE, Meghan worked as Sustainability Specialist at NELSON, where she provided sustainability expertise and consulting services to various clients. She also spent over five years working at the U.S. Green Building Council where, as Manager of Community, she developed and managed a local chapter network for building industry professionals and helped create the Emerging Green Builders program that integrates students and young professionals into the green building movement.

Meghan also worked as Environmental Educator for the University at Buffalo Green Office, organizing campus and community education focused on energy conservation, green building, and sustainable living. She holds a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and health & human services, from the University at Buffalo, a master's degree in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate Institute, and a certificate in massage therapy from the Potomac Massage Training Institute.


Christine Daugherty, VP Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing. Christine and her team deliver global transformation and innovation through agriculture sciences and responsible sourcing solutions for PepsiCo.

Prior to PepsiCo, Christine worked at Tyson Foods, where she held various roles, most recently Vice President of Sustainable Food Production. Her responsibilities included natural resource conservation programs, responsible sourcing and farm animal well-being, as well as leading the company's sustainability programs across multiple platforms.

Christine holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Post-doctoral in Plant Gene Regulation from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Louisiana State University, as well as an MS degree in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University.


Ben McCall serves as the Executive Director of the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton, where he is also a Professor of Physics and Chemistry. In addition to advancing sustainability education, research, and community engagement, Ben advocates for enterprise-wide changes to make the university's operations sustainable and carbon-free.

Prior to moving to the University of Dayton, Ben was a Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he led a research group studying molecular spectroscopy and astrochemistry.


David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus. He also served as "Counselor to the President" of Oberlin College for ten years. He is the author of eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency (Yale, 2016) and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of four others including Democracy Unchained (2020). He has authored over 220 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations and on the Boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bioneers, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently a Trustee of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Children and Nature Network, and the WorldWatch Institute.

He has been awarded nine honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, leadership awards from the U.S. Green Building Council (2014) and from Second Nature (2012), and lifetime achievement awards from Green Energy Ohio (2015) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (2018). He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia. He headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as "the most important green building of the past thirty years," as "one of thirty milestone buildings of the twentieth century" by the U.S. Department of Energy, and as one of "52 game-changing buildings of the past 170 years" by the editors of Building Design +Construction in January, 2016. He was instrumental in the design and funding of the Platinum-rated Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. He is the founder of the Oberlin Project and a founder of the journal Solutions. His current work is on the repair and strengthening American democracy that includes publication of a co-edited book Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People followed by public events in major cities across the U.S.