Kara Salazar

Purdue Extension Specialist, Sustainable Communities

Purdue Campus
Kara Salazar

Kara Salazar joined the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant as Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist in 2012. In this position, she serves as a link between Indiana communities and scientists conducting research on sustainability. She develops programs and tools that transfer new technologies and discoveries to communities that can apply this work to support informed land use and policy decisions. Working with multidisciplinary teams throughout Purdue University, Extension and the Sea Grant college network, she develop products, programs and resources that engage decision-makers in evaluating, prioritizing and implementing sustainability strategies for their communities. Focus areas include placemaking and enhancing public spaces, lawn and landscaping conservation practices and natural resources management.

Kara came to Sea Grant and Purdue Extension from the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI where she was the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach. She has a B.S. in Public Affairs and Environmental Science and a M.P.A. in Natural Resources Management and Nonprofit Management from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She also received a M.S.Ed. degree from the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with concentrations in Community Building and Science Education. She holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from IU and the LEED Green Associate credential.