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MUSAC Mission


Marylhurst University is a responsive and evolving institution of higher learning that prepares students, engages staff, faculty, and alumni, and collaborates with other institutions, networks, and communities to actively and effectively contribute to personal, social, economic, and cultural shifts that align the needs and rhythms of humanity to those of our planet and the diverse life it supports.

Grounded in the values and deep integrity of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Marylhurst University sets an internationally respected example of sustainability through its programs, practices, and facilities, and through the contributions of its members and graduates to work in the service of life in balance in the world.


In support of Marylhurst University’s mission to “aid students in advancing their goals for responsible participation in a rapidly changing world”; and to foster university-wide responsibility towards earth stewardship and building sustainable community; and to work to establish the university as a model of ecological sustainability; the Marylhurst University Sustainability Advisory Council seeks to:
            Encourage, advise and support university-wide implementation of sustainable operational practices

            Act as a liaison among community stakeholders including the university administration regarding sustainability concerns and recommendations

            Promote community education by making resources available, planning and/or participating in events for public awareness

            Engage the Marylhurst academic community in dialogue around, and encourage integration of, sustainability across the curriculum

Definition of "community": Unless otherwise articulated, “community” refers to Marylhurst students, alumni, staff, faculty, our campus neighbors ( Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, Holy Names Heritage Center, Mary’s Woods ).

MUSAC Self-Nomination Process now open

Interested persons may self-nominate for open positions. Membership is open to staff, faculty, students and alumni of Marylhurst University and interested members of the general public.

We urge anyone who is considering serving on MUSAC join us for our monthly meetings to get to know the work of MUSAC and to participate in the work for sustainability at Marylhurst. 
For more information or questions, email Greg Dardis, chair, at or Carole Strawn, executive committee member, at

Current Proposals

Recommendation to Ban Use and Sale of Bottled Water on Campus
Recommendation to Sign Talloires Declaration
Recommendation to Divest from Investment in Fossil Fuels

MUSAC Brown Bags

MUSAC offers brown bags on sustainability and environmental topics. Check the main Calendar of Events or My Marylhurst calendar for announcements of upcoming events. Open to Marylhurst community and general public. 

Greg Dardis, 503.675.3969;

Council Members
Greg Dardis, faculty, Science & Mathematics
Carol Higgins, SNJM, faculty, graduate Religious Studies Program
Kathleen Kaczor, Office of Campus Ministry, Marylhurst
Coby Rutledge, staff, Campus Facilities
Sister Carole Strawn, SNJM, alumna, Sisters of the Holy Names, Holy Names Heritage Center
Brian Young, student, School of Business
MUSAC Committees
Executive Committee
Chair: Greg Dardis
Secretary: Carole Strawn, SNJM
Campus Practices/Facilities Team:
Coby Rutledge, Brian Young, Kathleen Kaczor
Communications Team:
Carole Strawn, SNJM
Curriculum Team:
Greg Dardis, Carol Higgins, SNJM