Sustainability and Energy Management




Chief Sustainability Officer
Director of Sustainability & Energy Management

Lauren Bishop

Phone: (828)227-3562


Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Education: Master of Arts, Industrial Technology, Building Science, Appalachian State University, 2005

Bachelor of Science and Business Administration, Real Estate & Urban Analysis, Appalachian State University, 2000

Bio: Lauren has been serving at WCU since 2005. She became the Energy Manager for the Facilities Management Department in 2007.  Her focus includes creating a holistic approach to integrating sustainability and energy conservation systematically across the campus and community.  It is a dynamic goal that includes all areas of campus and involves wearing many hats from campus programs, technical competencies, and strategic planning.  Her family includes her husband Blair and two young boys, Harper and Myles.  In her free time, she likes to enjoy time outside with her family, hiking, traveling, playing in her garden, and being a mom.

David King


Energy Management Specialist

David King

Phone: (828)227-2645

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Education: Master of Science from Appalachian State University with concentrations in Building Science and Renewable Energy Systems, May 2012.

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, High Point University, 1997.

Bio: David was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to the states at the age of eight. Prior to joining Western Carolina University, he worked as a fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund identifying cost-effective energy upgrades for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He has also worked as the Weatherization Coordinator for Green Opportunities (GO), a community based green-jobs training program for under-served young men and women. He is enthusiastic about working with students, staff, and faculty to identify energy efficiency opportunities and to further energy awareness across campus. David enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and getting dirty in the garden.


Recycling Coordinator

Jeff White

Phone: (828) 227-7449


Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio

Education: Kent State University 1975-1976, Ohio University 1976-1980 BA English Literature

Bio: Jeff joined WCU in September of 2016 as the university’s first recycling coordinator. Prior to joining WCU he was Director of Grounds and Assistant Director of the Marietta College, Ohio physical plant and Supervisor of Grounds at Ohio University.  His experience in recycling includes implementing and managing the Marietta College recycling program in addition to his other management responsibilities. He envisions recycling as part of an overall sustainability approach in which all skills and disciplines of facilities management and the campus community strive to achieve a greener world.  He values time with his family and enjoys fishing, boating, gardening, a good book and travel.



Joseph Guseman 

Phone: (910)368-1940


Hometown: Southport, NC

Bio: Joseph joined the WCU sustainability team in 2015. He is currently the chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative which is a committee of students, faculty and staff advisers that are responsible for allocating money towards the implementation of renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements, research, and internships on campus. He has spent his last two summers working as a park ranger in the Arctic of Alaska. He enjoys hiking and spending time with his pup suka. 

eliza hurst


Eliza Hurst 


Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education at Western Carolina University.

Bio: Eliza is a junior at WCU. She has been an intern in the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management since the Fall of 2016. She would like to be a high school Earth Science teacher to share her passion for sustainability. Eliza is an engaged leadership on campus; she was an RA in Walker hall, an Orientation Counselor, and an Orientation Student Leader. She has been appointed to Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative committee. When Eliza is at school, she likes to hike and explore the mountains, but when she is at home in Florida, she loves to scuba dive. By working in this office, she hopes to do her part in making sure that the outdoors are just as beautiful for the future generations. 

Katie Allison



Katie Allison


Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Education: Katie is a student at Western Carolina University looking to get her bachelors degree in Environmental Science degree with minors in Biology and Political Science.

Bio: Katie has been involved in the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management since 2016 where she assisted through the Environmental Science Ambassadors Program. She hopes to be employed through the EPA with the ultimate goal of reaching the Head Administrator of the EPA. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time outside with her friends, family, and pets. During her time at the OSEM, Katie hopes to spread education about sustainability to her peers.

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