Staff profiles: Diane Barker
“It’s time to make a difference, and we are on the path to making a difference here at MSU,” said Diane Barker.
Barker, assistant director for sustainability for Residential and Hospitality Services, said MSU is on the right track, but it must continue its progress toward sustainability.
“We know there is a problem out there, and we can’t just put our heads in the sand and pretend it’s not there,” Barker said.
As a leader in energy and environmental design, she works on many different projects to make her division of the university more sustainable, from green construction projects to recycling programs.
One part of furthering the university’s sustainable initiative is through education. To do her part in educating students, Barker has lectured about sustainability to classes.
Barker has a long history at MSU. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lyman Briggs College, and has been on staff for 31 years.
“I think the best part is to see how we are effectively making sustainable changes within our division and the university, and seeing people getting excited about what they are doing,” Barker said.