Lisa Bjerke has been involved in strategic planning, built campus sustainability programs from the ground up, and created and implemented sustainability efforts on and off campus. She was a 2013 T.J. Watson fellow, researching concepts of human relationships to waste and resources in Germany, India, China, and Japan.
Lisa leads the GreenerU program team and collaborates across disciplines to help institutions mitigate climate change through the built environment and operations. Lisa is skilled in adaptive facilitation, group dynamics, and strategic planning, and her team provides mission-driven project management, capacity building, and sustainability knowledge to institutions.
Before joining GreenerU, Lisa managed College of the Atlantic’s discarded resource program on Mount Desert Island in Maine, where she completed her master’s degree in human ecology. There she implemented the campus-wide composting program, negotiated zero-waste policies, and created dining hall resource conservation practices. Lisa earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human ecology from College of the Atlantic.
Despite being a vegan, Lisa has partaken in eating traditional Swedish “surströmming” (sour herring), one of the most vile and inedible delicacies in all the world.