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 date and names of speakers presenting this year.

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

October 9, 2019 Room
110 Whitehall Classroom Bldg

David Butler, AllTech

David Butler is head of sustainability at Alltech. In this role, he helps set the company’s sustainability commitments and goals. He also ensures that Alltech continually finds innovative ways to be more sustainable across the more than 120 countries in which it operates.

Butler previously worked in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection on the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. He has a renewable energy and sustainability podcast called Clean Power Planet, and he founded a solar energy activism community called Solar Kentucky.
Prior to his role as head of sustainability, he was the digital marketing manager at Alltech for more than 9 years. He built the company’s online visibility through search engine optimization, social media interaction and content marketing. Butler received bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental geoscience from the University of Kentucky. He also received a master’s degree in geochemistry from the University of Kentucky. His graduate research focused on bioremediation of chlorinated solvents in wetland soils.


November 20, 2019
110 Whitehall Classroom Bldg

Ashley Wilmes, Attorney

Tim Mayer, Attorney

Ashley Wilmes is an attorney in Lexington, where she specializes in environmental law and federal criminal defense. She is a graduate of Centre College, where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics, and the University of Oregon School of Law. Prior to moving back to her home state of Kentucky several years ago, Ashley was in-house counsel for environmental advocacy organization WildEarth Guardians in Boulder and was a visiting lecturer with the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She has represented organizations across the country in cases under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, and has argued environmental matters before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. Ashley serves on the executive committee of the Kentucky Sierra Club, is chair-elect of the Environmental Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association, and is the mom to two young boys. 

Tim Mayer is an attorney with the KY Energy and Enviro Cabinet and is current chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Ky Bar Association.

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