Forestry and Natural Resources
Assistant Program Leader and Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
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Kara Salazar is Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, affiliated with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue University Extension, and the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. Working with multidisciplinary teams, Kara oversees the development and delivery of programs to support community planning and sustainable development strategies in communities across Indiana and Great Lakes states. Extension program focus areas include place making and enhancing public spaces, land use, green infrastructure, community development, facilitation and strategic planning. Kara also serves as a liaison between Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant and Purdue Extension. In this administrative role, she facilitates and coordinates collaborative activities between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Purdue Extension program areas of Community Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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. Additionally, she is pursuing a PhD part-time in Natural Resources Social Science at Purdue University. Kara is a certified planner (AICP) and a Professional Community and Economic Developer with credentials from LEED AP ND and the National Charrette Institute. Kara serves on the Indiana Land Resources Council, the Community Planning and Zoning Extension Community of Practice, and the Purdue Land Use Team.