Crystal joined AASHE in August 2013 as editor for the AASHE Bulletin. Today she holds the title of programs coordinator and supports various member resources, including STARS and the Bulletin. Before coming to AASHE, she earned a bachelor's degree in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University where she later worked as the communications and outreach manager for the university's Office of Sustainability. Crystal believes sustainability begins within. Caring for and nurturing the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional well being of oneself has resoundingly healthy impacts on our shared existence. In her spare time, you'll find her hiking and admiring the biological diversity in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and practicing and teaching yoga and meditation.