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Driven Doer: Dr. Nancy Tuchman

02.17.16 | Announcements

Nancy C. Tuchman, Ph.D. Founding Director Institute of Environmental Sustainability (photo by Natalie Battaglia)

Once again, it’s time for our Driven Doer series!  Here, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.

This month, we’d like you to meet Dr. Nancy Tuchman, founding director of Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Delta Institute board member.

What do you do?
I am the Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago (IES) and an aquatic ecology researcher.

What drives you and inspires you to get up in the morning?
The opportunity to deliver relevant academic programs to students who want to be part of affecting change and finding solutions to the degradation of our shared natural resources.

How did you first get involved with Delta?
I heard Delta’s Bill Schleizer and Ryan Anderson give a talk at the Good Food Industry Conference and approached them. Soon afterwards we developed a collaboration and have written several grants together to fund a project where invasive plant biomass is converted into clean energy. They introduced me to Jean Pogge, Delta’s former CEO, who then agreed to serve on the IES Board and in turn, Jean invited me to serve on the Delta board.

Delta in 4 words or less:
Environmental, economic, sustainable solutions.

Favorite place in the Great Lakes region:
Pictured Rocks, National Shoreline on the northern shore of Michigan’s upper peninsula in Lake Superior.