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Sara McKinstry

Campus Sustainability Manager

Sara J. McKinstry has been the Campus Sustainability Manager for UC San Diego since September 2014. In this role she helps lead and manage the University's sustainability efforts to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff.

One of first to become a Certified Sustainability Professional by the International Society of Sustainablity Professionals, Sara is also a LEED Green Associate, member of the Association of Climate Change Officers, and UC San Diego's STARS and Second Nature Carbon Commitment liaison. She has a background in communications, marketing and environmental journalism.

Before coming to UC San Diego, Sara was the associate director of the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute, the oldest endowed sustainability program in U.S. higher education, and has prior sustainability and communications experience with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, Smithsonian Institution, and New England Aquarium.

Sara earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of New Hampshire, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College. Originally from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, she also loves music and singing, spending time at the beach with her dog, writing, and digital and social media.