Kelsey Wingo
Webster University, Sustainability Planner

Kelsey was born and raised here in Missouri, and while environmental work in the Midwest can constantly feel like an uphill battle, she believes the wisdom and enthusiasm found in the area can foster impactful, lasting change. She studied four years of Strategic Communications at the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she led the climate justice student organization, Mizzou Energy Action Coalition, and co-founded the university’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, ReInvest Mizzou.

Kelsey currently runs the Sustainability Office at Webster University. She joined Webster University in the fall of 2015 as the Sustainability Planner where she has spearheaded the revitalization of the campus Sustainability Coalition, created the university’s first Sustainability Peer Educator program, launched a summer Lunch & Learn series and is the key creator of the campus Bike Share program. She also serves as an adjunct instructor teaching seminar courses on environmental justice and sustainable design.

Previously, Kelsey has held leadership positions and organized with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Missouri Coalition for Climate Justice. She was the Sustainability Coordinator for the 2015 True/False Film Festival. She currently serves as a mentor in the USGBC’s Green Schools Quest where she advises local K-12 school students and staff in launching grassroots sustainability initiatives at their schools.

She served as a Coach for the Sierra Student Coalition’s 2017/2018 Climate Justice League. Additionally, she has led educational workshops as a trainer for the Sierra Student Coalition’s summer leadership program, SPROG, on topics such as messaging, framing, anti-oppression, entering a community, creating a narrative, and others. Kelsey spends her downtime reading, exploring Missouri state parks, listening to podcasts, and trying out new slow cooker recipes.