Programs: Sustainable Communities Extension Program, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Purdue Extension: FNR Extension, Why Extension?
Kara Salazar is Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist for Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. Working with multidisciplinary teams, Kara develops programs, products, and resources to support community planning and sustainable development strategies in Indiana communities. Focus areas include placemaking and enhancing public spaces, lawn and landscaping conservation practices, community development, and natural resources management.
Kara 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. Kara is a certified planner (AICP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) with additional credentials including a Certificate in Fundraising Management and LEED AP Neighborhood Development. Kara serves as a governor appointed member of the Indiana Land Resources Council, as a member of the Purdue Land Use Team, and as the North Central Region Representative for the Community Planning and Zoning Extension Community of Practice.