ENS Speaker Series

The ENS Program hosts a monthly event series called “What can I do with an ENS major?” This series is designed to give students an idea of what kind of jobs they can pursue after graduating with a degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies. Below is a list of the current dates and names of speakers presenting this year.

A list of previous years' speakers can be found here.


February 13, 2020
234 Whitehall Classroom Building

Russ Turpin, Senior Envionmental Specialist, EcoGro Environmental

EcoGro is a locally owned environmental design firm that undertakes stream restoration projects, wetlands construction, and dam removal. Russ Turpin is a native plant specialist and has been involved with nearly all of EcoGro’s projects. His primary responsibility has been running heavy equipment on stream mitigation projects in Central Kentucky. He also manages and oversees native plant restoration, weed control and ongoing maintenance programs. In addition, he supports local water quality initiatives by providing education, outreach, technical assistance and volunteer labor for riparian plantings, rain gardens and other “Green” stormwater practices.



March 5, 2020
121 Jacobs Science Building

Dr. Lenard Sauers, Vice President of Global Sustainability and Global Product Stewardship at Proctor and Gamble, Senior Envionmental Specialist, EcoGro Environmental

Dr. Len Sauers is an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Xavier University where he teaches environmental and social sustainability to senior undergraduate and graduate students. Before joining Xavier, he was Vice President of Global Sustainability and Global Product Stewardship at the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where he retired in 2016. His primary responsibilities were to develop and execute P&G's global sustainability vision/strategy/goals, ensure its products were safe and in regulatory compliance and lead resolution of technical external relations issues (e.g. questions on environmental quality, chemical safety, animal welfare, etc.). He was P&G's primary contact for environmental and social NGOs. Dr. Sauers has a PhD in Toxicology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. He is currently an independent consultant in the areas of sustainability, product safety and technical external relations.



April 9, 2020
221 Jacobs Science Building

Winifred Bird, Environmental Journalist

Winifred Bird is a journalist and translator in northwestern Illinois. Her central interest as a writer lies in nature and our place within it.  She has reported on wildlife, agriculture, nuclear disaster, sea level rise, and many other topics for a wide range of national publications. You can view a few of her favorite projects by clicking on these links.

For close to a decade, she lived in rural Japan, where she divided her time between writing, growing organic rice and vegetables, and absorbing a second culture. She returned to the United States in 2014, and currently lives in a small town on the banks of the beautiful Rock River.

In addition to writing, she works as a Japanese-to-English translator and editor, primarily of academic texts in the humanities and young adult fiction. From 2009 to 2015 she was the translator and English-language editor for japan-architects.com, an online directory of contemporary architects. She frequently writes about architecture and design for Dwell and Interior Design.

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