Our Team

Sustainability team at AU

The sustainability team at Augustana includes (left-right) Dr. David O'Hara, director of sustainability; Anna Steinwand, student coordinator; Pamela Miller, former director; and Hatem Khalfaoui, student assistant for data analysis.

Dr. David O'Hara, Director of Sustainability

David O’Hara is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Augustana’s Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics. He teaches courses in Environmental Philosophy, Field Ecology, and Nature Writing. His courses include classes in the history of ideas, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, American Pragmatism, and Latin American thought to Classical Chinese philosophy. He regularly teaches rainforest and reef ecology in Central America, in partnership with Bio-Itzá, an indigenous environmental organization in Guatemala. His western civilization course in Greece covers both ancient philosophy and contemporary agriculture and aquaculture. He studies fish and forests, and he tries to spend his spare time outdoors (preferably in Alaska, where he studies salmonids) or studying environmental law. His books include "Downstream," a book about the brook trout of the Appalachian Mountains, and "Narnia and the Fields of Arbol," about the environmental vision of C.S. Lewis. He tweets: @davoh; and you can find his environmental humanities photography on Instagram: @davohpics. He also blogs at slowperc.blogspot.com. He thinks striving for sustainability is a practice of stewardship, of loving our neighbors as ourselves, and of caring for “this fragile earth, our island home.”