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Aurora Winslade

Sustainability Director



  2. Phone: (610) 957-6497
  3. Parrish Hall E260

Winslade brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education and energy-efficiency efforts in the private sector, where she helped to translate visionary ideas into on-the-ground reality. At Swarthmore, she helps the college integrate sustainability into operations, learning, and campus life. Winslade's role includes co-directing the President's Sustainability Research Fellowship program, a year-long course and internship program that engages student leaders to develop solutions to campus sustainability challenges; chairing the Carbon Charge committee and supporting the entire Ecosphere to meet Swarthmore's commitments to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, 80% waste diversion by 2022; and implementing the Environmental Sustainability Framework.  

She was previously the transformational program manager for Hawaii Energy, a state program administered by Leidos Engineering, at which she designed and managed programs to shift the market for energy efficiency in Hawaii through education, research, and strategic partnerships. In 2012, Winslade launched the sustainability program for the University of Hawaii. She and her colleagues developed a sustainability strategy for its ten-campus system, and she guided a process that spurred the university’s board of regents to develop a policy that commits the UH System to climate neutrality, zero waste, and local food self-sufficiency. 

As a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz and as its first sustainability director, Winslade spent more than ten years collaborating with campus community members to develop a range of sustainability programs and build a fully funded, highly effective office with a strong emphasis on student leadership development.

Winslade's enthusiasm for sustainability intersects with her interest in social justice. While in Hawaii, she partnered with MA‘O Organic Farms, a social enterprise that employs at-risk youth between the ages of 17-24. The young people work on the farm part-time and receive a tuition waiver to attend community college. She helped to design a new degree program on Sustainable Community Food Systems to provide an opportunity for the youth to obtain a B.A. at the University of Hawaii West Oahu.

Winslade also is an adjunct faculty at the Bard College Sustainable MBA program, where she teaches the Leading Change in Organizations course. She is also a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, which inspires and connects students, young professionals, and citizens to promote human rights, diversity, and active citizenship in their communities.

In her role at Swarthmore, Winslade works closely with an array of campus constituencies to ensure that the College’s sustainability programs reflect its Quaker roots and the long tradition of honoring the natural environment.