Jeff Severin was hired as the first director of of the Center for Sustainability in January 2007. He has worked at the University of Kansas since 2004, managing the recycling program prior to his appointment with CFS. During his tenure at the Center, he coordinated the development of a campus sustainability plan and helped launch new initiatives addressing campus sustainability including campus beautification, faculty development, and student leadership programs.
In 2017, Jeff became director of campus planning and sustainability, overseeing space management and the Campus Planning Advisory Board. In addition to coordinating various sustainability-related committees, Jeff serves as a staff Senator and chairs the Staff Senate Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He also chairs the LiveWell Lawrence Healthy Built Environment Workgroup and is chair-elect of the LiveWell Lawrence coalition.
Before coming to KU, Jeff served as Field Coordinator for the Kansas StreamLink program of the Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance, where he focused on K-12 watershed education and stewardship. He also served for 8 years on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, including 2 years as president.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Urban Planning with an emphasis in Environmental Planning.