Our Vision

The mission of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities is to promote an integrated approach to sustainability through education, public visioning, partnership, research, demonstration, and coordination. Sustainable design is the promotion of human systems in balance with the natural environment. The Institute was established to promote an integrated approach to issues of sustainability and to facilitate this process. In our educational programs and pilot projects, the Institute provides an opportunity to explore the broad concept of ‘sustainable development’ and look further at specific applications on a project-by-project basis. Each project is different in order to cover a range of issues.

Staff & Board of Directors


W. Cecil Steward

Donna Woudenberg
Projects & Operations Manager

Diane Wanek
Director of Communications

Board of Directors

W. Cecil Steward, President & CEO
Dean Emeritus, College of Architecture, FAIA, DPACSA
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Sharon Kuska, Ph.D., Vice-President
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Jay Leighter, Ph. D., Vice-President
Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska

Robert Blair, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska–Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

James P. Cramer
Design Futures Council & The Greenway Group
Atlanta, Georgia

Mary Ferdig, Ph.D.
Sustainability Leadership Institute
Omaha, Nebraska

Charles Francis, Ph.D.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

Milo Mumgaard
Legal Aid of Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska

David Ochsner
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Jim Powell, Ph.D.
University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, Alaska

Nicholas You
Citistates, UN-Habitat, and Guangzhou Institute
Italy, Kenya, and China