McKinly Dortch is a recent graduate from the University of Westminster, earning a Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Innovation. With a dissertation covering Carbon Labeling in the Food Industry, she graduated in August 2021. During her time in London, she learned about applying sustainability to business. Some of her favorite classes were supply chain, strategies, CSR, and digital disruption.
McKinly holds her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University, where she received the Presidential Scholar, Academic Excellence and J Fleming Environmental Science Award. She was involved in further developing the Environmental Science Program at her University by serving on the review board as a Student Representative. McKinly was on the board of Executives of the OSU Environmental Science Club for three years, where she planned budgets and led volunteers for a Citizen Science initiative measuring a local stream’s water quality.
Buying her first pair of waders and teaching others about the stream’s natural system was a defining moment where she knew her profession had to better the environment. Her capstone project focused on the sustainable building practices at an addiction rehab nonprofit and the Ferguson Building at OSU. The capstone successfully resulted in implementing rainwater harvesting landscaping and a green roof on the new building.
For 3 years McKinly worked as a Biological Science Aide at the USDA-ARS where she planted, harvested, and threshed Sorghum to analyze experimental data. Then, McKinly was the OKC Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Sustainability Intern in 2019. During the internship, she designed a hydroponic system, performed campus-wide waste audits, and got to study gorilla behavior. She also participated in the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy (OCLA) at The Nature Conservancy to further her collaboration with diverse Oklahoma backgrounds.
This training, along with her recent studies, shaped her passion to work towards sustainable solutions within businesses which align with ASAP’s mission. McKinly supports all members of the team in both LEED and WELL projects.