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Office of Sustainability
University of Mississippi

Meet the Office of Sustainability

Photo by UM Photographer Kevin BainIan Banner, Director

In 2005, Ian was appointed Director of Facilities Planning and retains the position of University Architect, and Director of Sustainability. He holds a B.A. in Architecture from Plymouth University, a Master in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Ian was born in England and came to the United States in 1984.  He has professional and teaching experience, having been in private practice with Shafer/Banner Architects from 1987 to 2002 and with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1987 to 1994.  He received tenure and the position of Associate Professor in 1994.

Ian’s areas of architectural expertise are in energy-efficient design and construction, daylighting, passive systems such as thermal buoyancy “stack-effect” ventilation, and the environmental impact of building materials selection.  He has written on architecture and the environment, indigenous houses in the Appalachians, natural lighting in overcast and clear sky regions, and humidity and ventilation of medieval buildings in northern Europe.

Kendall McDonald, Associate Director

Kendall joined the University of Mississippi in 2015 and was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Sustainability in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and graduate studies in social work. Her interests are in the human dynamics that comprise organizations, and how to design resilient human systems on a changing planet. In 2015, Kendall was recognized by the Udall Foundation for environmental leadership.

She is a homegrown Mississippi native, with roots in Oxford and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Beyond her work, Kendall spends most of her time fixing up her 1840s antebellum home place in Holly Springs, Mississippi with her husband, making pottery and cleaning up after her two dogs, Ophelia and Parsons.


Kathryn Kidd - Project manager

Kathryn Kidd, Project Manager

In the Summer of 2021, Kathryn Kidd joined the UM Office of Sustainability as the Project Manager. She holds an M.S. in Natural Resources with an emphasis in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before her role here, she had four years of professional experience working at the University of Missouri Sustainability Office. She also was the first teaching assistant for the development of an introductory sustainability course in its first and second offering at the University of Missouri. Her master’s thesis dissertation researched sustainable water resource management practices on the Yellowstone River in Montana. Kathryn is very passionate about sustainability education and outreach in higher education. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys walking the trails with her dog, fishing, and hanging out at the Oxford Community Market.

Fall 2021 Green Student Interns

Allegra Latimer, Senior GSIP Intern

Allegra Latimer is a French and biology major with a minor in chemistry from Brandon, MS. She has worked with the office for three semesters now focusing on food waste reduction and expansion of the current UM Compost program. She now assists in the management of our GSIP program, community outreach, and is conducting Green Labs pilot research. Having the opportunity to work closely with varying campus/community organizations, students, and faculty/staff to promote sustainability conversations has grown her knowledge of sustainability efforts on campus as well as those in the larger community. Over the years, she has developed an understanding and passion for sustainability as something that can be incorporated into everyday practices. She believes in engaging in ongoing sustainability conversations and efforts around the community in order to help contribute to larger sustainability goals. Allegra is also a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is a pre-med student interested in incorporating sustainability into topics of food insecurity and overall state health.

Taylor Cox, Campus Relations Intern

Taylor is a junior from Las Vegas, NV, double majoring in management and economics and minoring in environmental studies and biology. Coming to Ole Miss, she knew she wanted to incorporate environmental and sustainability topics into her education towards a business degree. Since then, she has become more involved in organizations that promote sustainability on campus and has worked to be more active in business-related organizations. She combined her knowledge in both areas last summer when she completed an internship with a nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean sustainability and education as one of their business and development interns. Following graduation, Taylor hopes to continue combining her background in business and environmental work as a sustainability consultant to help companies engage in more environmentally friendly practices. Outside of work and school, she enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking.

Anuja Sharma, Sustainability Data Intern

Anuja is a sophomore majoring in computer science with a math minor. She is an international student from Kathmandu, Nepal. She loves traveling and listening to music. Growing up with her grandmother in Chitwan, Nepal, she has had some wholesome experiences of working in the field, watering plants, harvesting crops, and most of all, enjoying every bit of nature. She always wanted to explore more about the peaceful aura of green mountains and hills that represent the beauty of her country. She believes that sustainability is a pleasant feeling that connects our hearts to every aspect of our surroundings. Her career interest is in the field of data science and software development. Working as a data-coordinator intern for the Office of Sustainability, her goal is to optimize the utilization of data to extract useful information about various aspects of sustainability and keep track of our progress in this never-ending journey of preserving our environment.

Nichalus Vali, Sustainability Data Intern

Nich is a B.S in biological science graduate currently studying Philosophy at Ole Miss. He has interned and volunteered with the Delta Health Alliance in Leland, MS to promote literacy and academic achievement via STEM lessons and enrichment activities with 1st – 5th grade Leland Elementary students as a part of the Deer Creek Promise Community’s mission to revitalize historically underprivileged communities in Washington county. He has also served the public as a Deputy Criminal Clerk at the Desoto County Justice Court where he worked to promote the highest levels of quality and access to court services to defendants, attorneys, law enforcement, and other interested parties. Nich’s interest in sustainability is derived from an aesthetic and recreational interest in natural spaces, as well as an ethical imperative to understand and reinforce the value relationships between the environment and human systems reliant upon it to bring wellbeing to individuals and their communities. His goal is to complete a master’s program in Philosophy with a particular focus on the relationship between environmental ethics, politics, and justice. Afterwards, he intends to earn a J.D. and center sustainability in a future legal career. Outside of school, he enjoys hunting, target shooting, and trying plant-based food alternatives.

Delaney Smith, Green Week Intern

Delaney is a senior at the University of Mississippi from Overland Park, KS studying international studies and German with a minor in environmental studies. She became interested in sustainability from a young age and is looking forward to sharing this passion with the UM community through Green Week. After graduation, Delaney plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainable development. In the future, she hopes to find a career that will allow her to combine her interests in government and politics with her passion for sustainability by helping to develop public policy and build a more sustainable future. Delaney is also a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and works as a copy editor at The Daily Mississippian. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and throwing a frisbee around in the park.

Sarah Ferguson, Green Week Intern

Sarah Ferguson was raised in Nashville, Tennessee with a natural-born love for the outdoors, and has long been interested in environmental issues. As a result, she is majoring in biology and minoring in environmental studies at the University of Mississippi. The environmental education she gained at Ole Miss really sparked her desire to pursue a career in the environmental sciences, and pushed her to get involved with organizations that value the natural world, such as the Magnolia Grove Audubon Conservation Chapter, and the Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Research. Her interest in the Green Student Intern Program initially came from noticing the lack of sustainability efforts being put forth by her fellow students and wanting to encourage them through her own effort. She hopes her involvement with this program can help change her community’s attitude towards sustainability, as she is incredibly passionate about environmental awareness and education. After graduation, she hopes to get involved with environmentally-focused organizations that are working to keep the earth green and the oceans blue. She enjoys walking trails, traveling, and cooking, and when she can, she scuba dives

Christian Boudreaux, Compost Collective Intern

Christian is a freshman Stamps Scholar that is majoring in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry and Spanish. He has lived in Oxford since middle school but spent his childhood both on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Eastern North Carolina. Growing up in these locations allowed him to spend time exploring the outdoors with his family and instilled a lifelong love for science and nature. Since being admitted to the University, Christian has become involved in several environmental and conservation organizations across campus such as Hill Country Roots, Green Roofs, and Magnolia Grove Audubon. He is the Compost Collective intern for the Office and, most recently, is working to start a new aquatic conservation organization named Aqua Culture. It is his ultimate goal to continue his studies by attending graduate school to become a marine biologist. This, he hopes, will allow him to continue to pursue his passions for science, the natural world, and the conservation of fragile ecosystems.