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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 Masters 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 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.


Profile Photo Lindsey AbernathyLindsey Abernathy, Associate Director

Lindsey joined the Office of Sustainability in September 2014 as  project manager and assumed the role of Associate Director in fall 2017. As Associate Director, Lindsey is interested in sustainability communications, assessment and strategic planning. In 2019, the Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with numerous UM departments, completed the university’s first comprehensive sustainability assessment, utilizing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The data collected will guide future sustainability planning and projects.

Lindsey is chair of the UM Green Fund Committee and is a member of the UM Energy Committee and Council on Community Engagement. Since 2015, she has served as staff adviser for the UM Food Bank on campus. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability,  Lindsey worked in public relations at the University of Mississippi where her she earned national and regional recognition for social media management and a public relations campaign to promote the use of buses on campus. She holds  bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA from UM. During summer 2019, Lindsey completed the University of Vermont’s Campus Sustainability Leadership Program and is now pursuing the Certified Climate Change Professional credential through the Association of Climate Change Officers.

Originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Lindsey spent much of her childhood playing outdoors in the coastal forests along the Mississippi Sound, as well as exploring the barrier islands with her grandfather and extended family. Lindsey enjoys gardening, writing and running (mostly after her three-year-old son, Abe.)


Kendall McDonald, Project Manager

Kendall joined the Office of Sustainability in 2015 as Sustainability Fellow and assumed the role of Project Manager in Spring 2018. As Project Manager, Kendall works extensively with students through change agent empowerment and sustainability leadership initiatives like like Eco Reps, the Green Student Intern Program, and others. Kendall also facilitates the university’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee and serves on the Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center Advisory Board for the City of Oxford. In 2014, the Udall Foundation recognized Kendall for her dedication to solving environmental issues. In her free time, Kendall makes pottery and participates in migratory bird research through Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and gardening.


Jade Chalkley, Sustainability Fellow

Jade joined the Office of Sustainability in August of 2018. As the Sustainability Fellow Jade serves as a mentor for interns and students, leads projects like the office’s social media strategy, and works with the Office of Sustainability to assist in development and operation on current and future programs.  Jade graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University and holds her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Jade has worked extensively with sustainability during her time as an undergraduate in Florida and also worked with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Jade enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and has a cat named Stella.