Meet the Central Sustainability Team

This year, six students are leading the Central Sustainability office.

With diverse backgrounds,  majors and interests, the team is working together to address sustainability from a multitude of perspectives.

For questions, comments, or to engage, visit Dow 275 or reach out to!

Ava Brewer

Ava Brewer is a senior in the CMU Honors program studying integrative public relations and event management. She began working for Central Sustainability in fall 2022 and is excited to continue making a difference on campus and beyond! Ava is also the trumpet section leader for the Chippewa Marching Band, has an internship with Rathbun Public Relations, is the head of marketing and design for TEDxCentral Michigan University, and is the PR chair for CMU Euchre Club. Some sustainability topics Ava is especially passionate about include waste reduction, fighting fast fashion, animal activism, and sustainability education. In her free time, Ava runs an Etsy shop and loves to read.

Claire DeBlanc in a tan sweater standing in front of the CMU Seal.

Claire DeBlanc

Claire is a senior majoring in environmental studies and political science and minoring in environmental science. Claire has always been passionate about sustainability, starting with activities like stewarding a nature sanctuary and coordinating local climate action. At CMU, Claire has been in multiple sustainability centered roles: Student Government Association Sustainability Committee Chair, community council Sustainability Advocate, and the president of Central Students Sierra Club. Other things Claire enjoys include mountain biking, hiking, and sailing.

Lauren Dey in a green shirt and black jacket in front of the CMU Seal.

Lauren Dey

Lauren is a junior majoring in environmental studies and Spanish. She loves nature and believes it’s important to preserve it for all to enjoy. She is most passionate about advocating for renewable energy and reducing plastic pollution. Lauren is president of Take Back the Tap, and she enjoys hiking, kayaking and reading. She hopes through working on projects with the Central Sustainability team she will make a difference for the present and future of sustainability at CMU.

Tiffany Jurge in a dark sweater in front of the CMU Seal.

Tiffany Jurge

Tiffany is a junior in the CMU Honors Program studying environmental studies and political science with a minor in Spanish. She aspires to go to law school in the future and ensure a sustainable world through a legal perspective as an environmental attorney. As Sustainability Coordinator for Central Sustainability and Vice President of Central Student Sierra Club, environmental consciousness and sustainable practices are some of Tiffany's greatest passions. Her other interests include language, travel, fitness, and art. Tiffany is beyond excited for all the projects she and her team are working on to ensure the success of CMU's sustainability programs!

Meghan VanDamme in a green shirt and black jacket in front of the CMU Seal.

Meghan VanDamme

Meghan is a senior majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in leadership. She has been a member of the CS team since fall 2022. Outside of school, Meghan has interned at Disney Cruise Line on the environmental sustainability team. She is passionate about sustainability because she wants to create a future that we can all feel good about. Meghan cares especially about protecting our water sources and waste reduction. She feels fortunate to be working on projects alongside the rest of the team and getting to see social and environmental progress on our campus as a result!