Who We Are
Sara MacArthur, Director of Sustainability
I provide the vision and strategy to advance sustainability and space planning at Red River College. My most important role is building and maintaining productive working relationships with staff, faculty and external stakeholders. These relationships are the key to developing and continually improving sustainability programs and performance on campus. I believe strongly in contributing to my community through volunteering. Having served in various capacities on the Boards of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg and Westminster Housing Society, I’m a self-proclaimed ‘governance geek’. Now with a young daughter, my volunteer time is spent on the soccer field and in her school. I love to exercise and have a goal of running a 4-hour marathon (someday!).
BA (Hons) Psychology | Master in City Planning | LEED AP | Certificate in Public Participation
Contact me for: policies, sustainable campus operations, partnerships & planning
Whitney Crooks, Resource Reduction Specialist
My work focuses on engaging staff and students in efforts to reduce paper and plug load energy consumption at the College. I develop relationships with stakeholders while providing support and creative solutions (not to mention a lot of data collection and analysis!) so that we can reduce consumption on campus. When I’m not working on my Excel spreadsheets, I am spending time with my family, trying to learn something new, or volunteering. I currently serve on the Boards of the Green Action Centre and the Earl Grey Children’s Centre.
BSc Physics and Mathematics | MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology | Master in Environmental Studies | Certificate in the Change Management Process (Prosci)
Contact me for: paper reduction initiatives, plug load energy reduction initiatives, student projects
Christine Reid, Space Planner
From idea to inception – I facilitate growth and change by collaborating with staff and faculty to create responsive, flexible and innovative teaching, learning and administrative spaces on campus. Guided by the college’s strategic directions, I identify space opportunities, design space layouts and oversee a college-wide furniture refresh program. Guided by LEAN thinking (creating more value with fewer resources), I design for future-proof adaptability. To do this, I ask a lot of questions! I’ve been lucky to learn through volunteering with various organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary International, and most recently through Pembina Trails School Division. I’m passionate about growth – both my personal growth and the physical growth of the college.
Bachelor of Interior Design | Project Management Professional | Certificate in the Change Management Process (Prosci)
Contact me for: general questions about college space, office moves, furniture requests
Kristine Dornn, Sustainability Assistant
Motivated by community engagement, I work with students and staff to promote a culture of sustainability at Red River College. From Farmers’ Markets, waste reduction events, classroom presentations to online engagement, I find innovative ways to keep students and staff looped into (and excited about) campus sustainability. My work also provides research support and recommendations to enhance our sustainability programs and performance. When I’m not at the College, you can find me swimming laps in the training tank, volunteering at community events, and at the park with my dog, Flynn.
Bachelor of Environmental Studies
Contact me for: classroom presentations, event collaborations
Zero Waste Coordinator
This position is currently vacant, but we’ll be hiring soon!
Driven by data with a dose of creativity, I develop strategies to increase diversion and reduce overall waste generation. From basic hallway recycling to confidential shredding, e-waste, compost, construction materials, community donations and more, I work with a variety of stakeholders to keep these items out of the landfill and give them another life. Throughout the year, I organize events, presentations, and campaigns to increase awareness and prompt behaviour change on waste issues.