Faculty and Staff
G. Dodd Galbreath
Founding Director and Assistant Professor
Galbreath brings over 29 years of experience to the Institute for Sustainable Practice (ISP). As the founding director, he leads one of the nations first academic sustainability programs. The following summarizes his diverse background.
Executive Public Service: While serving two former governors of different parties, Galbreath led efforts to implement a nationally recognized wetlands conservation plan; to create one of the nation’s first environmental justice plans; guided passage of five legislative proposals to manage competing water allocations and transfers and designation of the first state scenic river in 25 years.
Private Sector Business: At URS Corporation, one of the nation’s largest engineering design firms, he provided some of Tennessee's first sustainability consulting services to trade associations, the Department of Defense and development projects.
Sustainability Innovation: Galbreath currently specializes in green infrastructure for water management, climate change education, the relationship between faith and sustainability, leading workshops and giving conference presentations on the fundamentals of sustainability.
Leadership Peer Recognition: The Tennessee Wildlife Federation's Conservationist of the Year for 1998; project leader resulting in two Tennessee Governor's awards for Environmental Excellence in 2008 and 2009; and the Tennessee Environmental Council's Sustainable Tennessee Award for 2012.
Dr. LisaRenee English
Managing Director and Interim Academic Director
Dr. LisaRenee English serves as the Managing Director and Interim Academic Director in the Institute of Sustainable Practice. She earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Arkansas and was among the first in her field to publish research on eco-inspired design. In her more than 10 years in academia, Dr. English has held leadership positions ranging from a faculty member teaching in traditional face-to-face, hybrid and online environments and serving in leadership positions at institutes following both non-profit and for-profit educational models. She has held various academic leadership positions including Academic Coordinator, Department Chair and Program Director (Dean equivalent), worked in both graduate and undergraduate level programs, and managed programs in traditional academic disciplines and more applied fields.
Research: Dr. English was among the first in our educational history to earn a hybrid Ph.D. degree in Biology. In addition to her biological research she designed a software program that was used to decrease intra-specific competition between students in a college biology laboratory by mimicking niche specialization found in nature.
In addition to teaching in the Natural Science Departments, Dr. English has directed several academic programs including Environmental Science while holding an endowed fellowship.
Dr. English is published in both peer reviewed science journals as well as educational journals.
Graduate Practitioner Faculty
Tiffany Wilmot is the President of Wilmot Inc., a premier sustainability consulting firm committed to finding innovative solutions that improve performance, minimize waste, and boost health, efficiency and profits. She is a pioneer in the green building and waste prevention industry. Under her leadership, Wilmot Inc. has managed a wide variety of clients such as the Saturn Corporation, the US Army, Nashville Electric Service, and Vice President Al Gore. Wilmot also facilitated the Tennessee Titan’s Coliseum construction and demolition (C+D) project. At the time it was the largest C+D project in US history. Additionally, she served on Mayor Karl Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee, which was co-chaired by Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Master of Business Administration degree, and believes that green building is fundamentally tied to sound business practices. Ms. Wilmot is a co-instructor for SU 6123, Introduction to Green Building Design, Construction and Operation.
Margo Farnsworth works as a consultant in strategic sustainable development for organizations, businesses and individuals; as well as serving as adjunct faculty for Lipscomb University’s Institute of Sustainability and advising a PhD candidate for Metropolitan University of Leeds in the U.K. She is a Biomimicry Fellow; and serves as a Board Member for both the Biomimicry Institute’s Education Advisory Board and Missouri Prairie Foundation. For over two decades Margo served the people of the Southeast by working for the Cumberland River Compact as Executive Director, then Senior Fellow. While there, Margo brokered a bi-state water agreement between Tennessee and Kentucky, helped build seven watershed associations to work on nonpoint source pollution and enabled them to proceed with projects such as measuring the carbon sequestration value of buffer zones and measuring sedimentation for river restoration. She has also worked as a Naturalist, Science Teacher, Mammalogist and Park Ranger. With degrees in Biology Education and Parks Administration her professional accomplishments include research in environmental education, qualitative mammal studies and service on numerous local and state environmental boards and committees. Margo has been recognized as a national River Hero, and received the State Resource Management Award of Excellence, “Friend of Fisheries” award, State Environmental Educator of the Year and the Freeman Tilden Award for Outstanding Interpretation. Ms. Farnsworth is the instructor for SU 6073, Applied Natural Resources & Biomimicry.
Andrea Cloninger Wilson
Andrea Wilson is a nutrition consultant, adjunct professor of sustainable food systems at Lipscomb University, and founder of Liberation Kitchen, a sustainable menu planning service that is committed to helping people eat with common sense and a conscience. With experience marketing athletes and nutrition products, she specializes in copywriting, program development and partnership management. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Winthrop University. Andrea is deeply committed to finding common ground with individuals, businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations and working in tandem to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Ms. Wilson is a co-instructor for SU 6143, Sustainable Food Practice.
Kim Shinn is a registered professional mechanical engineer, a certified commissioning authority, a LEED Fellow and Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction, and a Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant at TLC. TLC is an engineering firm committed to sustainable design in mechanical, electrical, structural, communications, and technology systems engineering. Mr. Shinn is the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a former chair of the South East Region Council, and a former National Board Member of USGBC. Mr. Shinn has been involved in over 200 LEED certified projects, including academic, laboratory, commercial and industrial facilities, as well as helping to develop the LEED rating system for Health Care design and construction. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (thesis on the Crosbyton Solar Power Project) and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (cum laude) from Texas Tech University. The photo shows Mr. Shinn (at the top of the mast) helping to assemble a 30 kW vertical axis Darius wind turbine at Texas Tech in the spring of 1978. He has much less hair now, but remains shy about showing too much leg. Mr. Shinn co-teaches SU 6133 Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications.
Justin Southwick is a project manager at Wilmot, Inc. He leads resource efficiency and green building certification projects throughout the Southeast, including the first LEED for Homes renovation in the U.S. Previously, he led risk management, technology and Six Sigma quality projects at General Electric. While running a real estate investment firm, he learned first hand the challenges and necessity of sustainable development.
John Patrick retired in April 2010 as a program analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in Washington, D.C. During his federal career, he was also a special agent with the EPA OIG and a postal inspector with the U.S. Postal Service. He co-authored the February 2099 report from the OIG on EPA's mitigation and adaptation efforts to confront climate change and the February 2010 report on EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act program. He has spoke to state groups, national conferences, universities, faith communities and federal workshops concerning climate change and it's subsequent policy questions. John has completed his coursework in the doctoral program in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, focusing on environmental corporate management and sustainable farming methods. He received his Master's in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has also received an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Management and is a Certified Internal Auditor. John is currently a co-owner of Foggy Hollow (a small, organic vegetable farm) near Joelton, Tennessee. John lives in a LEED platinum home and is a board member of the Cumberland River Compact, which is a nonprofit working to maintain the health of the Cumberland River and its 14 watersheds. Mr. Patrick is a co-instructor for SU 6143, Sustainable Food Practice.