Ms. Nancy Givens
Coord. Sustainability Prog. Dev.
Office: Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability
Nancy Givens, MS, is Sustainability Programs Development Coordinator. Ms Givens has a diverse professional background, with over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of public and environmental health, energy conservation/renewable energy education and advocacy, leadership and management training, faculty development, and sustainable development. She has worked in multiple settings, including public interest, public health, industry, and university, and brings a diversity of skills and experiences to the Center. She has presented broadly at state, national, and international conferences. Ms. Givens joined the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability at Western Kentucky University in January, 2009, expanding its focus on education for sustainability, campus-community partnerships, and civic engagement. Previously, she had worked at WKU at the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and as Wellness Programs Director.
Ms. Givens currently is Co-Chair for the Education for Sustainability Steering Committee at WKU and is a member of the WKU Sustainability Committee. She is a co-founder of GreenToppers Students for Campus Sustainability and BGGreen Partnership for a Sustainable Community. Ms. Givens is a Board member of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society. In 2007, she spearheaded the installation of the first small commercial grid-intertied "Generation Partners" solar pv installation in Bowling Green as a community demonstration project. In 2008, she received the Women of Achievement Award in Community Service from the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission.
Ms. Givens holds an M.S. in Public Health/Environmental Health from WKU and a B.A. in Human Biology from Brown University. She is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an Education for Sustainability focus through WKU. She was born in New York City, and has lived in several places on the east and west coasts before moving to Kentucky in 1982. She lives in Bowling Green, but raised her two children, Ariel and David, on a 160 acre farm in Hart County with a passive solar, owner built home and large vegetable garden. In her spare time she enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction; travelling to cities, beaches, woods and mountains; a variety of outdoors activities including canoeing, hiking, and gardening; and all of the arts – dance, theater, music, art, ceramics.