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Kara Salazar

IL-IN Sea Grant College Program 

  • Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
FORS Room 308
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Programs: Sustainable Communities Extension ProgramIllinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Purdue Extension: FNR ExtensionWhy Extension?

Kara 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, Kara 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, Kara 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 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 holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from IU and the LEED Green Associate credential. She 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.

Awards & Honors

(2014) People’s Choice Award, First Runner Up, Enhancing the Value of Indiana’s Public Spaces Poster. Annual Conference of the Community Development Society, July 2014.

Selected Publications

Miller, B., TePas, K., Salazar, K., Doucette, J., Schomberg, J., Hart, D., . . . Penny, M. (2013). Engaging Great Lakes Communities to Develop Tipping Point Action Plans. International Association for Great Lakes Research Annual Conference. Retrieved from