Center for Sustainability
Georgia Southern University

Who We Are

Dr. Lissa Leege
Center for Sustainability Director

Dr. Lissa Leege is the founding director of Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability (CfS) and oversees the academic aspects of sustainability on the Georgia Southern campus. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Ecology at Michigan State University in 1997, taught at the Ohio State University for one year and was hired in the Biology Department at Georgia Southern University in 1998, where she is currently a Professor of Biology. Her research concerns threats to rare plants, including the effects of fire and invasive species on endangered plant populations. She teaches Environmental Biology, Intro Biology, and plant-related courses. She has recently co-authored an Environmental Science textbook – The Environment and You, 2nd Edition with a collaborator at Duke University. She is a graduate of the 2013 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

Under Lissa’s direction, CfS has developed a Sustainability Concentration for undergraduates and a Sustainability Advisor Certificate Program for the general public. CfS hosts a Sustainability Seminar Series, including speakers such as Dr. Steven Chu (past US Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate), Robert Kenner (Food Inc.), Majora Carter (environmental justice), and an annual GreenFest for the local community. CfS conducts “No Impact Week” at Georgia Southern each spring with a campus-wide focus on sustainability. Since 2014, CfS has hosted a grant program through which over $900,000 in student sustainability fees have been allocated to projects to improve campus sustainability. A founding member of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network and the Savannah Sustainability Alliance, Lissa lives in Statesboro, GA with her husband and two sons ages 14 and 10.

Cami SockowCami Sockow
Center for Sustainability Program Coordinator

Cami is a recent Georgia transplant from Southern Illinois, but a Michigan native at heart. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a town that she will always hold dear to her heart. After finishing her Bachelors in Leisure Services Management with a focus in Outdoor Recreation in 2012, she taught experiential learning in Southeastern Minnesota. She then returned to SIU and obtained her Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Resources with a focus in Sustainability. She is happy to join the team here at Georgia Southern and hopes to make positive impacts through her position as the Program Coordinator at CfS.


Emily Rashidi
Center for Sustainability Academic Coordinator – Administrative

Emily received her BS in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and currently serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability.  Prior to joining Georgia Southern, she worked at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on the agricultural campus working with graduate students and senior faculty members.  Her experiences include working as an event coordinator for a corporation that handled events with Fortune 500 companies and universities in Atlanta, Orlando and Boca Raton, FL.

UntitledBrandon Hobbs
Center for Sustainability Intern

Brandon Hobbs is a Senior Biology Major at Georgia Southern. Originally from Orlando, FL, most of his life was spent on the southside of Atlanta. He is an aspiring medical doctor and hopes to one day apply his love of the sciences and sustainability with the needs of the humanities. His key role in the Cfs is to work with the garden club and the after school programs. He helps facilitate operations and teach alongside with other teachers in the program.

MiChel’le Hull
Center for Sustainability Graduate Assistant

MiChel’le is a 1st year Masters of Public Health (MPH) student. She attended St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL for two years before completing her undergraduate degree in Community Health at Georgia College and State University in 2014. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, MiChel’le interned at a nonprofit organization called AID Atlanta where she served as assistant youth outreach coordinator and aided in volunteer recruitment and planning and implementing community events. MiChel’le’s interests include traveling, volunteering, and coaching softball at her former high school. She is very excited about becoming a Georgia Southern Eagle and hopes to contribute greatly to the sustainability team.

Cortney Johnson
Center for Sustainability Intern

Cortney is a senior biology major with a concentration in sustainability. She first became interested in sustainability after being exposed to a documentary that showcased the devastating effects of global warming and, at that point, knew what she wanted to be a part of it. She started off as an after-school program volunteer and eventually became a teacher. Through this she was able to connect with different individuals and events involved with the Center for Sustainability that showcased the many aspects involved in the efforts to make the planet more sustainable. She hopes to use her creativity and ideas to bring awareness to, not just the environment, but how we interact with it as a whole. 

Holly Kight
Center for Sustainability Intern

I was born in the small community of Snipesville, Georgia located in Jeff Davis County, and was heavily involved in the 4-H club. My projects of choice were always environmentally focused, and led me to becoming a Biology major with a Concentration in Sustainability. My goal is to do some type of conservation biology work. Being sustainable simply makes sense. The need for more sustainability in all sectors is always present, and I believe it is the lack of education that prevents the practices from being implemented. I want to have the knowledge and experience to convince those around me that with a little bit of foresight, small things do matter and sustainable solutions can be formed.


Past Team Members

Christina Beslin
Center for Sustainability Graduate Assistant

Scott Blair
Center for Sustainability Graduate Assistant 

Maggie Fritze
Center for Sustainability Intern

Alex Giresi
Center for Sustainability Intern

Ashe Kelly
Center for Sustainability Intern

Melanie Sparrow
Center for Sustainability Graduate Assistant 

Alexcia Taylor
Center for Sustainability Intern

Hannah Womack
Center for Sustainability Intern


Last updated: 9/19/2017

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY (CfS) • P.O. Box 8042-1 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5895