UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

2016 Speakers

Abigail Reyes, JD, Director, Sustainability Initiative, UC Irvine 

Abby Reyes is director of the Sustainability Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. The Sustainability Initiative is making engaged sustainability scholarship and practice integral to UC Irvine’s excellence as a research, teaching, and service university. Ms. Reyes also is a co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE project, leading the Research Integration and Impact Team, and co-chair of the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council. In addition, she has provided facilitation and design services for the Salton Sea Initiative, UCI OCEANS, Research Justice Learning Community, Nexus 2014, and the Borrego Stewardship Council. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford and JD at UC Berkeley Law. After clerking for the Honorable Richard A. Paez on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Reyes served as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit. She is co-chair of the board of EarthRights International.                

Adam Schnirel, Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator, Facilities, UC San Francisco 

Adam Schnirel joined UCSF Recycling and Waste Reduction Program in 2012. Having worked and studied in the environmental and natural resource management field for 7 years prior, Adam brought an outside perceptive to the UC team. He continues to work towards zero waste on a daily basis and discovers ways to innovate recycling processes and education techniques.                 

Adam Stocker, Research Associate, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley 

Adam joined TSRC after receiving an M.S. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley in June 2015. His research topics and interests include carsharing, ridesharing, ridesourcing/transportation network companies, microtransit, and alternative fuels. Prior to joining TSRC, he worked with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority in their modeling and travel forecasting division. He also has previous experience in roadway design and construction. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from UC Davis in 2012, and grew up in Santa Monica, California.                

Adam Wheeler, BSE, PE, LEED AP, Principal Commissioning Agent, Commissioning, Sherrill Engineering 

Adam has over 30 years of experience in the energy management, DDC controls and mechanical engineering fields, and is a member of both ASHRAE and the Building Commissioning Association (BCA). He is a registered Professional Engineer (mechanical) in California.  Adam has managed building commissioning efforts for numerous projects throughout Northern California, including a large proportion of laboratory and medical facilities. He is expert at all aspects of the commissioning process, from the design through the construction, closeout and post-occupancy phases, for the full breadth of mechanical and electrical systems. Together with Ross M. Sherrill, Adam Wheeler developed Sherrill Engineering, Inc. into the San Francisco Bay area’s first dedicated commissioning firm, and refined their “hands-on” expertise oriented approach to this emerging specialty. Mr. Wheeler takes the lead role in the design and construction phases of commissioning.  He is personally involved throughout every Sherrill Engineering project with a special focus on control systems.                

Adriana Gomez, UC Merced Carbon Neutrality Fellow, Office of Sustainability, UC Merced Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Adriana has had a longtime passion for writing; in high school she wrote and published her first novel online, and her skills improved further when she became a journalist for her local cable news channel. Since then, she has continued working to shed light on topics such as sustainability, environmental responsibility, and cultural awareness. These experiences have helped Adriana refine her definition of what a leader is – someone who helps bring attention to topics and ideas that can create positive change in their community. Today, she works to develop strategies for projects that envision a rich future and bring people together in the process. Her goal is to perform work that helps inspire others to join forces and continue efforts to change not only the world, but the lives of others.

Alexis Reyes, LEED AP, BD+C, Assistant Director of Sustainability, Facilities and Campus Services, Pomona College 

Alexis Reyes is the Assistant Director of Sustainability at Pomona College. She directs the Sustainability Integration Office and various campus sustainability projects. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.    

Alex Schrobenhauser-Clonan, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Student, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco

Alex is a fourth-year medical student at UCSF, who will be starting a psychiatry residency in June with plans to eventually specialize in hospice and palliative medicine. His professionals interests include clinical communication skills, peer support and trainee mental health, contemplative research and science, and novel approaches to end-of-life anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. He hopes to add to the nascent but growing field of climate change and mental health, with the belief that connecting our personal and mental well-being to the quality and stability of our environments is the final frontier of climate denial, beyond which swift, comprehensive and just transitions to sustainable, post-growth industries will be self-evident rather than unorthodox.

Aline Gregorio, Assistant Professor, Geography, Cerritos College 

Aline is a Brazilian immigrant who overcame language, customs, and financial struggles in order to achieve her educational goals. She earned her Liberal Studies degree from Fullerton College and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Geography from California State University of Fullerton. Currently, Aline is an Assistant Professor at Cerritos College and an Adjunct Professor at California State University of Fullerton. The relevance of Geography to the contemporary world and the way in which human and physical systems are in a constant interaction at varying degrees and scales is what attracts Aline to the discipline of Geography. In her classes, she exposes students to core geographical principles and encourages them to seek something they find meaningful. To Aline, everyday in the classroom is a golden opportunity for improving the relationship with this world that we all share.                

Allen Doyle, LEED AP, CEM, Sustainability Manager, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, UC Davis 

After 20 years as an Oceanographer and Soil Scientist, the urgency of climate disruption and environmental degradation compelled Allen Doyle to join management of resources on campus, especially laboratories. At UC Santa Barbara he co-founded LabRATS; then at UC Davis he developed the Green Lab and Green Office programs, and moderated the I2SL Energy-Efficient Laboratory Equipment Wiki. He co-coordinates a list server, Green Labs Planning, a 200+ member national network.  At UC Davis he focuses on plug load and cold storage management, including the Freezer Challenge contest. As well he encourages ventilation optimizing through wider “comfort band” temperature set points, and low risk workspace enrollment. After recently serving on two RFP development panels, sustainable procurement, strategic sourcing and third party verification has become a focus. He co-chairs the I2SL Continuous Performance Improvement initiative, and has worked with many laboratory associations and agencies, equipment manufacturers and private laboratories.                

Allison Callow, Sustainability Coordinator, Science, Math, and Technology, Skyline College 

Allison Callow is Skyline College’s 2015-2016 Sustainability Coordinator and Climate Corps Bay Area Fellow. At Skyline College, she coordinates the Sustainability Blitz program and the Sustainability Ambassadors Network. As a lifelong learner and connector, she has served in a variety of roles in many different sectors, including environmental education, fair trade, policy, nonprofit, and marketing. She holds a BA in International Relations from UC Davis.                 

Allison Paradise, Executive Director,  My Green Lab 

Allison Paradise co-founded My Green Lab to bridge the pervasive, inexplicable gap between sustainability and science.  Combining a long-held passion for environmental stewardship, a belief in the power of collective action, and the knowledge afforded by her experiences as a scientist, Allison maintains a unique appreciation of the vast potential to make research methods more sustainable.  Under her leadership, My Green Lab has established widely-used standards for sustainable laboratory practices, and is currently guiding the Center for Energy Efficient Laboratories. As a scientist, Allison’s research focused on using a systems approach to studying complex biological processes.  She holds an Undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Spanish Literature from Brown University, and a Graduate degree in Neuroscience from Harvard University.  She is a 2015 recipient of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories’ Go Beyond award, and is frequently engaged to speak on topics related to sustainability in research.                

Amorette Getty, PhD, LabRATS Co-Director, Sustainability, UC Santa Barbara 

Amorette Getty is co-Director of the LabRATS Lab Sustainability Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In that role she has led a wide range of user-focused and facility-level sustainability programs, addressing issues surrounding energy, water, and material management in the laboratories. She also works to maximize the efficiency of laboratory research at a broader level, advocating for increased access to shared-use instrumentation and increased information sharing among technical experts in the laboratory. Her PhD in Material Science, also from UCSB, focused on semiconductor growth and processing for energy-efficient LED lighting.                

Amro El Badawy, PhD, W.M. Keck Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Global Waste Research Institute, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

Dr. Amro El Badawy is the W.M. Keck Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Global Waste Research Institute at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. He previously conducted research at the U.S. EPA to investigate the environmental fate, transport and toxicity of nanomaterials. He has authored/co‐authored several peer‐reviewed articles, book chapters and EPA reports on the environmental implications of nanotechnology.                

Andrea Traber, AIA, LEED Fellow, Principal Integrated Design Services Integral Group 

Ms. Traber contributes over 23 years of experience as Project Architect and Principal on numerous green building projects, climate action plans, as well as sustainability and energy programs to the Integral Group team. She has worked on over 110 green building and master planning projects.  Throughout her career, Andrea has dedicated herself as a leader with several green building and sustainability organizations, including the USGBC NCC, serving as President and on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Healthy Communities Initiative.  Prior to Integral Group, Andrea lead a 30-person sustainability consulting team providing energy, water, green building, commissioning, energy modeling and sustainability program management.    

Andrew De Los Santos, Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, Earth Systems Science, Facilities Management, UC Merced 

Andrew John De Los Santos is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California Merced, double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Earth Systems Science. Originally from Los Angeles, Andrew decided to attend UC Merced because he saw an opportunity to make real change. He has fulfilled this opportunity through his work as a Recycling & Composting Intern for Facilities Management since October 2014. Andrew works to reduce campus landfill waste through recycling and composting, which contributes towards UC Merced’s Triple Zero Commitment. Andrew has a strong passion for sustainability and works alongside sustainability educators to promote sustainability throughout campus. His dream is to use engineering to design products or operating systems that promote sustainability.    

Andrew deCoriolis, Director of Strategic Projects and Engagement, Farm Forward

Andrew deCoriolis is the Program Director at Farm Forward where he leads—the first authoritative guide to higher-welfare poultry products. BuyingPoultry helps consumers and food service organizations become educated on higher-welfare poultry and plant-based products. Andrew has extensive experience in sustainability, grassroots organizing, and corporate leadership in both the public and private sectors. Andrew’s work has engaged more than half a million program participants and has been covered in leading periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and GreenTechMedia.                                        

Andrew Zumkehr, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Environmental Systems, UC Merced

Andrew Zumkehr graduated from the University of California, Merced with a BS in Computer Science and Engineering and a MS in Environmental Systems. He is now an Environmental Systems PhD candidate, who studies energy and environmental sustainability issues at the University of California, Merced. Andrew’s current research projects include: using carbonyl sulfide as an atmospheric tracer of the photosynthetic CO2 flux, assessing the feasibility and potential benefits of canal-top solar power, and quantifying the potential for local food systems and exploring local food sustainability strategies.

Ann McCormick , PE, LEED AP, Principal, Newcomb Anderson McCormick

Ann McCormick has been an active member of the energy efficiency community in Northern California for over 25 years. She is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco based energy engineering and management consulting firm devoted exclusively to solving energy and sustainability issues. She is responsible for technical and managerial oversight of the firm’s major projects and programs including development of sustainability plans and templates. Ms. McCormick serves as a Commissioner overseeing Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. She holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a BSME from Michigan State University. She is a Registered Mechanical Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ashley Stewart, Green Office Certification Coordinator, PACES (Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability); Undergraduate Student, Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Ashley Stewart is graduating this Spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and plans on becoming a legislative aide in environmental policy. Her current positions with Sustainability and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis sparked her interest in protecting our natural resources. Furthermore, Ashley’s knowledge of developing environmental policy has stemmed from her internship experience with local and national politicians and their respective campaigns. As a Green Office Certification Coordinator with the PACES team, Ashley has assisted in achieving sustainability goals at UC Santa Barbara. As a sustainability consulting resource for departments, she has completed audits and data analysis for waste management, energy, and water usage. The PACES program goal is to reduce the environmental impact of departments on campus as well as promote sustainable policies and protocols that will meet UC Santa Barbara’s future climate action plans.

Ariana Vito, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Masters Candidate, Urban Planning, UC Los Angeles

Ariana Vito recently graduated from UCLA’s Urban & Regional Planning Master’s program, focusing on the intersection of transportation planning and sustainability. She is particularly interested in improving mobility options in the Los Angeles region through public transit systems and active transportation. She interns for the City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment and is the Student Coordinator for UCLA’s Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program. She is proud to be a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, helping to develop strategies for UCLA to transform its energy use and achieve the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.

Arianne Teherani, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Arianne Teherani, PhD is professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and educational researcher in the Center for Faculty Educators in the UCSF School of Medicine. Since 2007, she has served as director for program evaluation, a role in which she oversees evaluation design, planning, and policy for the undergraduate School of Medicine curriculum at UCSF. She is the prior chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability and the current UCSF representative to the Global Climate Leadership Council. She was also named the UCSF Faculty Climate Action Champion and is currently co-leading one of the University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Curriculum Workshop and Networking event.

Austin L. Eriksson, Sustainability Program Manager, Facilities Planning, CSU Northridge 

Austin Eriksson is the Sustainability Program Manager at California State University, Northridge. In January 2016, he co-authored the University’s Climate Action Plan as well as led the University’s STARS submission efforts. Through a collaborative effort with the Institute for Sustainability, he is tasked with implementing the University’s Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan. He works with all facets of the University to drive progress and seek innovative ways to reduce the University’s impact on the environment. Working under the Department of Facilities Planning, he has spearheaded efforts to reduce the university’s water consumption, improve waste management practices as well as reduce energy consumption.  

Bailey Kinsolving, Facilities Management Sustainability Team; Student, Environmental Science, UC Irvine

Bailey Kinsolving is a graduating senior at the University of California, Irvine receiving her Bachelors in Environmental Science with a minor in Global Sustainability. She has been working for the Facilities Management Sustainability Team since July 2015 to help increase the campus diversion rate in an effort to achieve Zero Waste by 2020. She and her teammates work diligently to drive down the amount of waste going to landfills from campus through educational outreach and the implementation of innovative programs such as composting in student housing and styrofoam recycling. Bailey plans to utilize her academic and hands-on experience in the field of sustainability and apply it in the corporate and municipal environments.             

Ben Chandler, Senior Sustainability & Lean Consultant,  Haley & Aldrich, Inc. 

Ben has over 25 years of experience working with multi-stakeholder groups in the field of construction, environmental stewardship, and sustainability, in the U.S and internationally. He is adept at facilitating groups on complex issues to help reach common understanding and create mutually beneficial outcomes. Ben is a Certified Lean Practitioner, embracing Lean philosophy (maximizing value, minimizing waste, and respect for people) and applying Lean tools in his leadership and facilitation roles.                

Benjamin Sommerkorn, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside

Benjamin Sommerkorn is a second year Mechanical Engineering PhD student in the Laboratory for Environmental Fluid Modeling and will have a Designated Emphasis in Public Policy. He graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a degree in Applied Mathematics in 2013. He was raised by his mother and aunt and has 7 sisters, yes that many. His plans are to work with renewable energy systems, particularly with the ocean and water resources in the form of hydrokinetics. His policy interests are in the social justice of sustainability, moving away from fossil fuels, and preservation of water resources.

Boykin Witherspoon III, Executive Director, Water Resources and Policy Institute, CSU Office of the Chancellor 

Mr. Witherspoon’s experience includes the administration of all aspects of the management for the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives and the Water Resources Institute including: strategic planning and budgeting; promotion with community, universities and industry; liaison with advisory boards; program management; development and oversight of contracts and grants; hiring and supervision of staff; and training and publications efforts. Additionally, Mr. Witherspoon is a focused problem solver with international project management experience developing Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and software for sustainable landscape architectural planning and design.  Mr. Witherspoon’s professional experience includes managing interdisciplinary teams of designers, scientist and software developers creating innovative and sustainable land use and land planning solutions with an emphasis on programmatic suitability and capability analysis.  Mr. Witherspoon is dedicated to ingraining GIS and geographic information science into the teaching, legal and regulatory frameworks that direct development and use of the Earth’s resources.                

Brett Webster, MPP, Candidate, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley 

Brett Webster is a MPP Candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. His focus is on energy and environmental policy, with specific interest in sustainability aspects of energy storage strategies in California’s high-renewables future. Before coming to Berkeley, Brett spent 10 years teaching for the National Outdoor Leadership School, leading expeditions to remote, glaciated mountain ranges in Alaska and Chilean Patagonia. During this time he also worked as a carpenter and woodworker and developed an interest in green building practices.                 

Brian Gialketsis, Program Associate, Student Affairs, The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley

Brian Gialketsis, from Ventura County, California, is in his third year at UC Berkeley, and excited to be a member of The Green Initiative Fund Team. He’s pursuing a simultaneous degree in Rhetoric and Conservation & Resource Studies, with an area of interest in Political Ecology. When Brian is not at the beach or on a hiking trail, you can find him making playlists of new music; attending festivals, concerts, lectures and performances; reading about current events; spending time with family and friends or working to inspire environmental sustainability and justice.

Brook Murphy, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Studies, CSU Sacramento

Brook Murphy has been involved in the development and application of precision agricultural technologies both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Along with his colleague Dudley Burton, helped establish the Sustainable Technologies Optimization Research Center (STORC) on the CSUS campus to promote research and technologies into sustainable systems. Our primary project has been the development of a closed-loop bio-waste to healthy food sustainable system demonstrating to the campus and public how waste can be renewable resource. This system also provides a model for sustainable urban development.

Bruce Rich, PE, LEED AP, CCM (Certified Construction Manager), Area Manager Construction Services, Parsons Brinckerhoff 

Bruce Rich possesses a comprehensive background in the building industry and a thorough understanding of public works projects, which he gained on a wide range of facilities projects, including K-12 schools, community colleges, housing and military installations.  These projects used different forms of project delivery (including construction management, general contracting and design-build), and were completed for agency clients at the local, state and federal levels.  Many of the projects involved blended funding from multiple federal, state and local sources. He is the program manager for Las Positas Community College campus in Livermore, California, overseeing project and construction management services for the $230 million, 8-year capital facilities bond program.                

Cailey Hall, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, English Romanticism, UC Los Angeles

Cailey Hall is a PhD candidate in the English department at UCLA, where she is working on a dissertation about digestion and waste in Romantic-era British literature. As a UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, she has been working with Professor Allison Carruth to develop the syllabus for a course Professor Carruth will be teaching on food and literature as part of UCLA’s new Food Studies minor. This summer, Cailey will be teaching her own critical reading and writing class at UCLA (English 4W), focusing on literary representations of food adulteration. 

Cara K. Uy, Sustainability Coordinator, Center for Sustainability, Santa Clara University

Cara Uy is the Sustainability Coordinator of Santa Clara University’s (SCU) Center for Sustainability. Passionate about behavior change and leadership development, Cara develops and coordinates campus sustainability events, creative communication strategies, and collaborative programming to engage academics, residence life and student organizations, faculty and staff, as well as the general campus community. She also contributes to strategic planning, budgeting, and compiling data and metrics. Outside of her work at SCU, Cara enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and reading/discussing psychology.

Carina Anttila-Suarez, PhD, Professor, Biology, Skyline College 

Professor Carina Anttila-Suarez joined Skyline College as a full-time faculty member in January of 2013. At Skyline she is the faculty lead for the Sustainability Ambassador Network (SAN) while teaching courses in Environmental Science and Biology. Since 2012 she has served as the Chair of the Teaching Section for the Botanical Society of America. Professor Anttila-Suarez has a PhD in Biology and was a NOAA SeaGrant Fellow at Bodega Marine Laboratory where she published on invasive species. As an Arctic and Alpine Field Biologist in a joint project between University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu) and the University of Idaho (School of Natural Resources), her dissertation was on hybridization, biodiversity and ecology of vascular plants in diverse habitats impacted by man. Prior to Skyline, Carina was a tenured faculty member at San Jose City College and served as interim Dean of Math, Science and Engineering at SJCC’s sister campus, Evergreen Valley College.  

Carli Yoro, Green Department Associate, Office of Sustainability and Energy, Office of Sustainability and Energy, UC Berkeley

Carli Yoro recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy. She has researched state level building code policy with the U.S. Green Building Council and has worked with water/energy grant funding with the California Environmental Protection Agency. She has a passion for energy efficiency, California water rights, and climate change policy. She is very proud of her time working with Lisa and the Office of Sustainability and Energy to help implement the 2015-2016 Green Department Certification Program.

Carlos Chavez-Iglesias, Student Lead, Sustainable Office Program; Undergraduate Student, Business, CSU Northridge

Carlos Chavez Iglesias is a Business Undergraduate Student with an emphasis on Sustainability, who is currently the Sustainable Office Program lead at California State University, Northridge. Working under AS Recycling, he has aided the implementation of the Sustainable Office Program throughout campus. Upon graduating he plans to continue his education by attending graduate school.            

Caroline Karmann, PhD candidate, Architecture, UC Berkeley 

Caroline Karmann is a PhD candidate in Building Science in Architecture at UC Berkeley. She also works as a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Built Environment. She received a Masters in Architecture (2006) and in Climate and Energy (2008) from INSA Strasbourg, France. After graduation, she worked at Transsolar Energietechnik in Stuttgart, Germany, for 4 years. At Berkeley, her research focuses on indoor environmental quality for buildings using radiant systems.                

Carolyn Hernandez, LEED Green Associate, LCI #4703, Bicycle & Transportation Coordinator, Transportation and Distribution Services, UC Irvine 

Carolyn Hernandez serves as one of UC Irvine’s Transportation Coordinators specializing in bicycle transportation and transit.  As one of two campus bike coordinators – and a bike commuter – at UC Irvine, she plans and hosts large education festivals, sustainable commute presentations and outreach, and teaches the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling courses.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.            

Catherine Kniazewycz, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Design and Construction, Facilities Planning, CSU Northridge 

Catherine Kniazewycz is an architect and the Director of Design and Construction with Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at California State University, Northridge.  She worked in various capital program positions in the University of California system for 22 years, most recently as Director of Architecture at the UC Office of the President and previously as Director of Project Management at UC Merced, where she oversaw the delivery of two LEED Platinum and three LEED Gold projects.                

Chao Wang, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Riverside

Chao Wang is a first year PhD student from Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UC Riverside. He is now working under Prof. Matthew Barth as research assistant here at CE-CERT.  Chao’s research area includes intelligent transportation System (ITS), Connected Vehicle Technology, traffic/vehicle predictive and optimal control. His research goal is to design and apply various efficient Artificial Intelligence techniques to improve the Mobility, Safety as well as the environmental impact of existing transportation system. Chao received his BS in from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and won the outstanding graduate student award.

Charlotte StremAssistant Director, Physical and Environmental Planning, UC Office of the President

Charlotte works with all ten University of California campuses and five medical centers on land use and environmental planning. Her office administers the University’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. She is the former chair of the Sustainable Transportation and the Solid Waste and Recycling Working Groups and continues to work on implementation of the UC Sustainability Policy. She is a proud graduate (1974) of the Environmental Studies program at UC Santa Barbara and has a Master’s degree in City Planning from University of Pennsylvania with  a Certificate in Urban Design. She likes to say she is a “networker by blood type” because she loves sharing ideas and information among campuses.

Chiel Borenstein, Operations and Partnerships Associate at, Alumni, Environmental Economics & Policy, UC Berkeley

Chiel serves as an Operations and Partnerships Associate at He recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Chiel’s interest in sustainability began his sophomore year of college. During his time at Cal, he has worked with his fraternity, student consulting groups, and the student government to make the campus more sustainable. Under the instruction of distinguished professors like David Anthoff and Jonas Meckling, he has been exposed to a gamut of environmental policy, natural resource economics, and climate modeling. After a successful summer internship with an environmental startup, Chiel found his true passion: clean technology. He plans to continue working towards this interest through sustainability consulting for high-emission companies and business development/operations for clean tech non-profits.

Chris Brown, Project Manager, Capital Project Management, CSU Fullerton

Chris has been a project manager at Cal State Fullerton for over 2 years. He has managed a variety of construction projects from existing building retrofits and renovations to lighting and landscape projects. He recently completed the campus-wide turf removal of roughly 11 acres which received a substantial rebate from MWD. Previously, he worked at a few different CSU campuses as a construction management consultant. Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Cal Poly SLO and is a LEED Green Associate.

Chrissy Thomure, CEM, LEED AP, Climate Action Manager, Sustainability Office,  UC Santa Cruz

Chrissy Thomure is the Climate Action Manager at UCSC.  She has a decade of experience in institutionalizing sustainability at organizations of all sizes.  She is serving as the internal project manager for the UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy, a study that will develop a roadmap for how the campus will achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.   Chrissy also oversees the Green Labs program and the Carbon Fund, a student fee measure that allocates $150K per year to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   Prior to working at UCSC, Chrissy was a consultant working in the  sustainability and energy fields.  She helped to develop the first LEED-based regional rating system and piloted it in the Yellowstone Region, created an energy efficiency workforce training program for Jackson Hole, WY and conducted ISO 14001 environmental audits for the aerospace industry.  Prior to her consultant work, she was the sustainability director for a ski resort in Wyoming.                

Claudia Villegas, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Psychology, UC Riverside

Claudia Villegas is a fourth year Undergraduate Student at University of California, Riverside. She is majoring in Psychology and is primarily interested in finding solutions to food insecurity among local communities. Claudia is a Global Food Initiative Fellow founder of the Seeds and Trees organization that uses workshops to educate low-income communities on healthy eating habits and sustainability practices. Claudia is determined to close the knowledge gap between the university system and the surrounding low socioeconomic communities by opening up the public university and its resources to the community. During her final year at UCR, Claudia will be focusing on refining the organization process of Seeds and Trees while simultaneously exploring new ways to engage these targeted communities. After graduating from UCR, she intends to pursue a Graduate Degree in Public Policy and continue to provide grass rooted ways of learning and sharing food knowledge with the less fortunate.

Cole Schoolland, Account Executive, Higher Education Business Group, Lucid 

Cole Schoolland, Account Executive at Lucid, has been with Lucid for over four years and has a decade of experience connecting client needs to innovative solutions. His extensive knowledge of the technologies used to analyze, prioritize, and implement energy saving strategies positions him to work with a diverse set of teams to drive forward energy efficiency projects leveraging data across their building portfolio. Cole’s focus has been to help organizations leverage utility and energy data to drive decisions about building optimization, planning, and tenant engagement.                

Coleen Barsley, Sustainability and Operations Analyst, Facilities Services, CSU Channel Islands 

Coleen Barsley has been involved with sustainability in higher education for just over a year after working for an electric utility, an energy management system installer, and boiler OEM. She has a degree in Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, N.Y. and is very pleased to have earned a position in Facilities Services at CSU Channel Islands.  She lives in Camarillo where CSUCI is located and feels it is a vital part of the city’s identity. Working in an academic atmosphere is invigorating and rewarding knowing that the measures implemented on behalf of the campus community will yield magnified results as the students carry their experiences forward with them.                

Colleen Hatfield, PhD, Rawlins Professor for Environmental Literacy, CSU Chico

Dr. Colleen Hatfield is the Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy and is also a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at CSU, Chico. Her specialty is Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology and she has been involved in numerous projects involving restoration in riparian habitats along the Sacramento River as well as projects involving a variety of species of concern. As Rawlins Professor, Dr. Hatfield teaches Environmental Literacy in the College of Natural Sciences and engages with the Rawlins Advisory Board which is comprised of university and community members. The Environmental Literacy course, in GE Area E (Life Long Learning) for the Sustainability Pathway, provides the venue for integrating concepts and practices of sustainability and resilience into the curriculum to increase student awareness of the intimate link between environmental resources and the choices we make.

Colleen McCamy, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Colleen McCamy is a second year Environmental Studies major who intends to pursue a concentration in Marine Ecology and conservation and a minor in art. Colleen is able to explore her passion for the ocean in research and education through interning at the Research Experience and Education Facility (REEF), the on campus aquarium. Through her work with Amigos de las Americas, she a has experience with community-driven projects, stakeholder engagement, and engaging the youth. She is eager to empower her peers to get involved with the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and create a campus wide consciousness of the initiative.

Cully Nordby, Ph.D., Academic Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UC Los Angeles

Cully Nordby is the Academic Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, as well as a graduate certificate in conservation biology, from the University of Washington. While doing postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley on avian behavioral responses to invasive species, she held a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. She chaired the the UCLA Sustainability Committee 2008-2016 and now serves on the UC Climate Neutrality Initiative’s Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group. She also serves on the Environmental Sustainability Committee for the Culver City Unified School District. She teaches courses in environmental science and sustainability and works to connect students, faculty and campus staff to make UCLA as a Living Laboratory for sustainability education and research.

Curtis Schmitt, PE, Principal, Energy Efficiency, ARC Alternatives 

Curtis Schmitt specializes in working with diverse organizations to provide strategic energy planning by marrying the depth and breadth of his technical expertise with a programmatic approach.  He served as the technical lead for the UC system wide Deep Energy Efficiency and Cogeneration Study conducted for the University of California Office of the President, and is the energy efficiency lead for the UC Santa Cruz Climate Energy Strategy. He holds an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis.  He is also a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in California.                

Dale Sartor, PE, Staff Scientist; Engineer, Environmental Energies Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Dale Sartor, PE, is a Staff Scientist/Engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) where he focusses on building energy efficiency technology applications. He leads projects to develop and transfer new technology and stimulate the use of underutilized technology. Mr. Sartor has an AB in Architecture, and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor. He has over forty years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including ten years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL’s In-House Energy Management Program. Currently Mr. Sartor is focused on RD&D on energy efficiency in buildings for the high tech industries (i.e. laboratories, cleanrooms, and data centers). He oversees the Federal Energy Management Program’s new Center of Expertise for Data Centers                

Dan Henroid, Director, Nutrition and Food Services; Sustainability Officer, UCSF Health

Dan is the Sustainability Officer and Director of the Department of Nutrition and Food Services at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health. He is responsible for patient meal services at two hospitals totaling 722-beds, seven retail food operations with a combined sales of $9 million, a catering service with annual sales of $3 million, plus oversight of inpatient and outpatient nutrition services and gift shops. He has served as the Sustainability Officer since 2009 and coordinates sustainability activities for the Medical Center with the UCSF campus. UCSF Health has been recognized as a sustainability leader by the University Healthcare Consortium and for the past 6 consecutive years by Practice Greenhealth for sustainable operations including the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award.

Dan Miranda Jr., Logistical Waste Management Coordinator, Facilities Operations, CSU Fullerton

Dan Miranda first joined CSUF Facility Operations as part of the Moving Services Department. He has handled many different aspects of logistics during his 18 years of service, gaining an intimate working knowledge of the University before bringing that knowledge with him to the Logistical Waste Management Coordinator position, where for the past two years he has worked with Kevin Mattson to assure the smooth running of daily campus Waste Management operations.

Daniel Charette, Intern, LabRATS, UC Santa Barbara

Daniel Charette is a third year Pharmacology major working on Laboratory Sustainability at UCSB. He previously worked in small-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing, making new drugs for Phase I and II clinical trials. As a Lab Sustainability Coordinator this year, he hopes to bring new practices and programs to the research labs on campus in order to make them more environmentally friendly. Specifically Daniel hopes to be able to bring conservational practices to the pharmaceutical industry after college. He also enjoys surfing and playing ultimate Frisbee in his free time.                

Daniel M. Fernandez, PhD, Professor, Division of Science and Environmental Policy, CSU Monterey Bay 

Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez has been a professor at CSUMB for 20 years, 3 years of which he has also served as Chair of the Academic Senate, Chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy for 6 years, and Chair of the Senate Curriculum Committee Council for 3 years.   He teaches physics and classes in sustainability, systems thinking, and infrastructure.  He is the co-coordinator of the Environmental Studies program.   His research involves collection of water from fog.  He was the recipient of the President’s Medal for outstanding service to the university in 2012.                

J. Daniel Kelly,  UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Graduate Student, Medicine, UC San Francisco

After graduating from Princeton University, Dan Kelly, MD, MPH, went to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he pursued a Global Health Fellowship after his third year. In Sierra Leone, a local doctor and he were inspired to start Wellbody Alliance, a health and human rights non-profit organization that provides high-quality healthcare to the rural poor. After internal medicine residency and with a Fulbright scholarship, Dan conducted HIV research in Sierra Leone while building the community health work of Wellbody Alliance to care for the half million people living in rural Kono district. Dan was an infectious disease fellow at University of California, San Francisco, and an MPH student at University of California, Berkeley, when Ebola struck Sierra Leone. After a close friend died of Ebola in August 2014, Dan decided to take a leave of absence from fellowship training and the MPH to take a full-time leadership role in the Ebola response. Dan reached out to his long-time mentor Paul Farmer and established a coalition with Partners In Health in Sierra Leone. Dan spent eight months on the ground in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic and led multiple frontiers of work, ranging from Ebola care to clinical trials of innovative Ebola diagnostics, and integrated Wellbody Alliance into Partners In Health. Dan returned to UCSF and UCB to finish his infectious disease fellowship and MPH, but he continues to conduct Ebola research in Sierra Leone. Dan became an international expert on Ebola and has published on the topic in New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, and The Lancet.

Daniela Aramayo, Project Manager, Newcomb Anderson McCormick

As a Project Manager with Newcomb Anderson McCormick, Ms. Aramayo is responsible for contributing to the development and management of energy efficiency and renewable programs and projects for utilities, community colleges and municipalities.

Danielle DeMello, Project Manager, Center for Geographical Studies; MA Candidate, Geography, CSU Northridge 

Danielle De Mello has been working in the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) since 2010.  She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Geography and a Certificate in GIS in 2009 and is currently working towards an M.A. in Geography.  She has worked at the Center for Geographical Studies (CGS) for 6 years and is presently a Project Manager.  Her work at CGS has focused on contemporary and historical wetlands mapping, historical ecology, municipal GIS, and transportation mapping.

Danielle Kemp, RD, Dining Services Dietitian, Residential Dining Services, UC Santa Barbara

Danielle Kemp serves as the Dining Services Dietitian for University of California Santa Barbara Housing and Dining Services. Danielle is responsible for the development and implementation of all Nutrition Education Programs. She also works closely with sustainability staff to introduce more sustainable menu and recipe options. After completing her undergraduate education at California Polytechnic State University, she moved to New York City to complete her dietetic internship through New York Presbyterian Hospital. Danielle has worked in both clinical and foodservice industries, and is enthusiastic about teaching others about nutrition and working towards healthy lifestyles.                 


David Blekhman PhD, Professor Technology, CSU Los Angeles

Dr. David Blekhman is a Professor in the Power, Energy and Transportation program in the Department of Technology at CSULA. Blekhman received his BS-M.S. in Thermal Physics and Engineering from St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Joining CSULA in 2007, Dr. Blekhman has been a PI ($4M), Co-Pi ($4.3M) and a Senior Personnel ($7M) funded by DOE, NSF, Argonne Labs, CARB, CEC and others. Dr. Blekhman was a key faculty in the construction of the CSULA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility where he is currently serving as the Technical Director. Dr. Blekhman has initiated the electrical vehicle charging program on campus which currently has 15 ports. Blekhman is the lead faculty advisor for EocCAR3 and Supermileage competition teams. Bringing emerging green jobs opportunities to his students, Blekhman offers courses such as Fuel Cell Technologies, Photovoltaics, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Advanced Engine Design, etc.                

David El Fattal, MBA, EdD, Vice President of Business Services, Cerritos Community College District

Dr. El Fattal has served for 30 years as a senior-level administrator in California within community colleges, K-12 schools and private industry. His experience includes serving as chairperson of multiple initiatives such as the Cerritos College Sustainability Plan and the Cerritos College Integrated Energy Master Plan. His sustainability work focuses on establishing holistic and cost-effective strategies to increase campus-wide efforts connected to water use, energy costs, waste management, carbon emissions, clean transportation, renewable energy, procurement practices, community engagement and sustainability education throughout academic programs. Dr. El Fattal oversees the $560 million Cerritos College Bond Construction Program, which is modernizing the 60 year old campus with new state-of-the-art facilities and resources to improve student success.

David Liebman, Energy & Sustainability Coordinator, Sonoma County Junior College District.

David Liebman is a Climate Corp Bay Area Fellow, serving as the Energy and Sustainability Coordinator for the Sonoma County Junior College District (SCJCD). David received a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University, with a focus on Energy Management & Design, City Planning and the relation between Energy and Agriculture. At SCJCD David is supporting the creation of sustainable building standards for a Facilities Master Plan, as well as establishing baselines. Other projects include Prop. 39 energy efficiency projects, and the drafting of three separate action plans; sustainability, energy, and water.

David Ostrowski, Supervising Building Service Engineer, Physical Plant, CSU Fullerton

Dave Ostrowski joined Cal State University Fullerton in the Physical Plant department in 2000. His area of expertise is in the HVAC field and worked in the Aerospace Industry for Northrop-Grumman before joining the Cal State Team. He is currently Supervising the operations of the Building Service Engineers in the Trigeneration/Central Plant department.

David Robles, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, Undergraduate Student, Humanities; History, UC Santa Cruz

David Antonio Robles has an education in the Humanities with professional experience in Agriculture and Community Engagement. After years of working within his community as well as at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, he has built bridges between various entities for the purpose of producing a sustainable society. By identifying individual’s ability to make a difference, David hopes to bring these various efforts together in order to change the way his community functions within their environment.

David Trombly, PhD, Engineer/Data Scientist, Facilities Management – Utilities, UC Davis

David Trombly is a Data Scientist at UC Davis Utilities, where he administers data management systems, supports campus energy savings and planning, drought response and metering efforts, and manages data science projects. Before joining UC Davis, he provided air quality environmental consulting to industries including oil and gas production and refining, mining, metals, construction, and paper. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis.

Debbie Meyer, General Manager, Food Services Housing & Residence Life, Aramark 

Debbie Meyer has been at the CSUEB campus for 8 years.  She was hired as the Retail Food Service Director and moved into the Residential Food Service Director role approximately 2 years ago.  Her current position is the General Manager of Food Services.  Debbie has been in food service over 30 years and has a passion for residential dining and educating students about their sustainable efforts.                

Deirdre McShane Carter, PE, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Deirdre Carter is Energy and Sustainability Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory part of Sustainable Berkeley Lab (SBL). She is responsible for understanding Berkeley Lab’s electricity, natural gas, and water consumption and reducing the consumption of these commodities to reach Department of Energy (DOE) and UC sustainability goals. She previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Taylor Engineering where she designed energy efficient mechanical systems for high-profile buildings such as the SFMOMA Expansion and the Alameda Country Crime Laboratory, retro-commissioned existing buildings for utility rebates, and created energy models and performed life cycle cost analysis to support several code changes for Title 24-2013. She has also previously worked at DPR Construction as an Energy Analyst and Thornton Tomasetti as a Structural Engineer. She holds a M.S. from Stanford University and BSE. from Duke University, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer.                    

Delphine Faugeroux, MS, LEED Green Associate, Green Lab Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, UC Riverside 

Delphine Faugeroux is the Green Lab Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Riverside. She is responsible for the feasibility study, implementation and review of the Green Lab Program. She conducts and monitors energy efficiency, water conservation and waste diversion projects to improve safety and promote sustainable operations in all campus laboratories. She serves as the liaison between researchers, lab managers, EH&S staff, Physical Plant staff, Campus Planning, Architects & Engineers and the Office of Sustainability. Delphine also develops new requirements and enhance existing requirements for the Green Lab Certification, track metrics and prepare specific and program-wide reports on Green Labs. Prior to joining UC Riverside, Mrs. Faugeroux worked for 2 years in several international laboratories and then for Veolia Water. Delphine holds an Associate Degree in Chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France, and a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering from AgroParisTech, France.                

Dennis Guerra,  Architect, Lionakis 

As a Senior Associate at Lionakis, Dennis Guerra works closely with the management team and co-leads the Education Team, focusing on higher education projects. Dennis has played a major role in the development and oversight of the Quality Management/Project Delivery Systems for the firm. Dennis holds over (30) total years of experience, encompassing all phases of project design, construction documentation and project management. His expertise extends into the construction administration phase of the project where his strong emphasis on partnering with all stakeholders and team members leads to the successful completion of his projects.                

Dennis K Elliot, PE, CEM, Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability, Facilities Management and Development, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dennis Elliot is the Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability for Facilities Management and Development at Cal Poly SLO, and a part-time lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.   Dennis manages the University’s utility procurement, energy and water conservation programs, and acts as the University Engineer for strategic planning, operations, and new construction.  Dennis also mentors the Green Campus intern program, and serves on all three campus sustainability committees.  Dennis has served in a variety of energy related positions at the University over the course of his 30 plus year career.                

Dhruti Khetani, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, Undergraduate Student, Business Information Management, UC Irvine

Dhruti is one of the three fellows of the Food Engagement and Communications Project. She is a Business Information Management major. Her passion for sustainability started in high school where she observed high food waste in the cafeteria. She bought it to her counselor, dean and a few teachers, but was dismissed by saying there is not much that could be done. She then attended a junior college, where she actively participated in the New Vendor Task Force and Go Green initiative to bring hydration stations onto campus. This is where she realized her genuine belief in the cause. Because food is where her knowledge for sustainability began, it remains her favorite sector in the large sustainability umbrella. She wishes to increase participation among students and work on projects that facilitate improvement of the food system.

Dianne Rush Woods, PhD in Social Work, UC Berkeley 

Dr. Rush Woods has the distinction of being appointed as the first Diversity Officer for California State University, East Bay, as of July 1, 2013. In her role as Diversity Officer, Dr. Woods coordinates efforts to foster and support diversity, equity and inclusion as core values throughout all aspects of the University community. Her work emphasizes diversity-oriented programs and initiatives including implementation of the University Diversity Plan to ensure that actions are taken to fulfill its commitments. She previously served as the Chief of Staff to Dr. Leroy Morishita, President of Cal State East Bay. Joining the faculty initially as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Dr. Woods was appointed as a tenure track faculty member in 2001. A founding member of the Department of Social Work, Dr. Woods served as its chair from 2007-2010. As a professor and active scholar in Social Work, Dr. Woods is recognized regionally and nationally for her work in the areas of race, gender and equity issues in the academy; photo-voice, community empowerment; and the overlap between domestic violence and animal abuse. In addition, Dr. Woods has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a series of Title IV Education Department grants and California Social Work Educational Consortium II Mental Health Department grants. Dr. Woods has participated extensively in faculty governance during her tenure, most notably serving as the Senate’s Vice Chair in 2009, and Senate Chair from 2010-2012. She also served as the University’s representative to the Statewide Academic Senate Fall 2010-Spring 2012. Dr. Woods, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W. from the University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley; and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dominick Suvonnasupa, 2015-2016 Associated Students President, UC San Diego

Dominick Suvonnasupa is a Transfer Student at UC San Diego, and served as the 2015-2016 Associated Students (AS) President. During his tenure as a student leader, Dominick helped develop the Triton Food Pantry, and also founded the campus’s Basic Needs Workgroup. In addition to his position on AS, Dominick also served as a Resident Assistant, the Director of Campus Relations for the Undergraduate Investment Society, and a Marketing Strategist for ADWAVE UCSD. Beyond his campus involvement, Dominick enjoys competing in Jiu Jitsu and Boxing.

Donald Strauss, PhD, Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Department, Antioch University Los Angeles

Donald Strauss, PhD, M.F.A. is the founding chair of the Urban Sustainability MA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, launched in October 2010 with the intention of training practitioners and activists committed to working at the urban intersections of global environmental change and social, economic, and environmental justice. In March 2015, Donald completed his work in the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England (AUNE), where he earned a PhD. While in the Environmental Studies Program, he focused on narratives of individuals and groups in urban communities and their relationships to the natural, social and political ecosystems with which they interact. His dissertation, titled Ridazz, Wrenches, & Wonks: A Revolution on Two Wheels Rolls Into Los Angeles, is an examination of the spontaneous emergence of a bike culture that has played an unlikely role in the transformation of regional transportation policy and the cultural life of Los Angeles, California.

Doug Horner, AIA, Director of Facilities and Bond Construction, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Mr. Horner has over 30 years of experience focused primarily on the planning, programming, design, management and construction of Educational Facilities. These projects have included a football stadium for Northern Michigan University, a performing arts center for Concordia College, $80 million of California K-12 facilities, and most recently the delivery of over $500 million in projects for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. Mr. Horner’s work at CLPCCD has resulted in the construction of over 372,000 square feet of new and remodeled facilities.             

Doug Kind, BSEE, Associate Director, Engineering and Sustainability, CSU Fullerton 

Doug Kind has held several different positions over the course of his twenty‐plus year career. He began as an Engineer for Northrop working on B‐2 aircraft program. Subsequently, he served the University of California, Irvine as Manager of Design, Planning and Inspection Services and later with their Design and Construction Services. He has also served as a Senior Electrical Engineer for various consulting firms designing numerous buildings throughout the West Coast. He currently serves asthe Associate Director for Engineering and Sustainability at California State University, Fullerton and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine.                            

S. Drew Story, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Drew is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside and is studying the aggregation and deposition mechanisms of engineered nanomaterials. As the Public Relations Officer for the UCR Graduate Student Association, Drew has worked to institutionalize sustainability in the graduate student experience on campus. Drew is passionate about the inclusion of science in the state and federal level policy-making process, and intends to use his scientific training to participate in the sustainable management of natural resources in the face of climate change. Drew is the Editor in Chief of a science communication resource focused on southern California’s Salton Sea, and currently serves on multiple advisory committees under the California Natural Resources Agency regarding the Salton Sea Management Program.

Edralin J Maduli, Vice Chancellor District Services, West Valley Mission Community College District 

Edralin has led community college districts for the past 20 years.  He is currently the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for the West Valley Mission Community College District.  Assuming this position in April 2009, he is responsible for the district’s finances, information system, public safety, maintenance operations, facilities and construction, and general services. Previously he served as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Administrative Services for Cuesta College and Vice President of Business Services for Las Positas College.  He is a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He received his MBA from Golden Gate University and BS and MS in aeronautical engineering from Cal Poly (SLO) and Oklahoma University, respectively.                
Elaine Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Chapman University 

Elaine Benaksas Schwartz, PhD is currently Assistant Dean of External Relations in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University. Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. Dr. Schwartz served as an Advisor for the Solar Decathlon and mentor to the Chapman science students participating in the Solar Decathlon team.                           

Elena Thomsen, EIT, Engineer/Data Scientist, Facilities Management – Utilities, UC Davis

Elena Thomsen is an Engineer at UC Davis Utilities, where she has worked as an intern and full time employee for the past one and a half years. She developed a passion for metering and data problems while doing an internship with UC Davis, and in the process did cutting edge work on campus metering systems. After graduation, Elena accepted a full time position with UC Davis, where she currently functions as an administrator and super user for data management systems focusing on supporting the data and engineering needs of the utility metering and water systems. She also provides project management and engineering support for the campus water production systems. Elena has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis.

Elissa Thomas, Transportation Analyst, Parking & Transportation Services, CSU Fullerton 

Elissa Thomas is the Transportation Analyst at Cal State Fullerton, and has nearly a decade of service in the TDM field as a champion of sustainable transportation at California State Universities.  She is a vocal proponent of active transportation, public transit and ridesharing to improve environmental as well as personal and workplace health and wellbeing. Elissa is a graduate of Occidental College and has previously presented on innovative transportation projects and programs at the national Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place Conference, the Association for Commuter Transportation, and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.                

Elizabeth Agredano Research Fellow, Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE); Anthropology, CSU Fullerton 

Elizabeth is a Research Fellow with the California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) program and a CSUF alumna (BS Geology, BA Geography). As a Research Fellow, she aims to understand community perspectives on the viability of urban gardening as a food source for very-low income populations, while simultaneously increasing accessibility to alternative food systems within the scope of the U-ACRE project. She organized and maintained an urban garden, introduced an informational newsletter, and led a gardening life skills class and hands-on workshop at the U-ACRE partner location, Pathways of Hope in hopes of facilitating food security and interest in small space gardening. Her goal as a Research Fellow is to explore the barriers to vegetable consumption and urban gardening that may result from social location, and to improve community outreach methods. In her free time she volunteers with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy and enjoys poetry.                

Elizabeth Carroll Consavari, PhD, Lecturer,  Department of Art and Art History, San Jose State University 

Elizabeth Consavari teaches in the SJSU Art and Art History Department. Her interest in Design History emerged from her research on the early modern Italian Interior. By introducing sustainability as a sub theme to an art history course, she would like to understand if sustainable design concepts and the project-based learning model in combination, provide students with a practical and successful academic experience in aim of environmental literacy.                 

Emanuel Preciado, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Masters Candidate, Urban Planning, UC Irvine

Manny Preciado is a first-year Masters student in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus in Environmental Policy. As an urban planner, he wants to utilize urban farming as a means to help revitalize communities, provide communities healthy food at a low cost, assist communities to reconnect with nature, and create spaces that communities can be proud of and participate in. He is especially interested in trans-border collaboration between San Diego county in the United States and Baja Mexico on binational projects. One of his goals as an urban planner is to implement urban gardening as a tool to help build sustainable communities, particularly in low-income areas.  

Emily Williams, Researcher, Climate Hazards Group, Geography, UC Santa Barbara

Emily Williams works with the Climate Hazards Group in Geography at UCSB and is a co-founder of the Climate Justice Project. She graduated from UCSB in 2013 with a B.S in Environmental Studies and concentration in Geography. After graduating, she worked for the California Student Sustainability Coalition as a Campaign Director for Fossil Free, and attended COPs 19, 20, and 21. Her focus is on climate justice, and her research interests are in the interdisciplinary study of climate science, social science, and policy.

Eric Eberhardt, Associate Director Energy Services, Energy & Sustainability, UCOP

Eric Eberhardt is the Associate Director, Energy Services for the University of California system in the Office of the President. His responsibilities include energy efficiency program development an management, utility and regulatory liaison and articulating the University of California’s position on energy and utility-related legislative activities. Mr. Eberhardt has worked in a variety of engineering, business development and management positions in the energy and technology industries, including engineering product design for Sun Microsystems and energy efficiency program design and implementation for Quantum Energy Services and Technologies. Most recently  Mr. Eberhardt worked with Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a Strategic Accoun Manager for the Healthcare and Hospitality Segments on the Corporate Accounts Team, and as a Principal Account Manager and Supervisor for California’s first active Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) implementation. Mr. Eberhardt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Certificate in Construction Management from the University of California Extension, Berkeley. He holds two U.S. patents and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Eric Pollack, Food & Hospitality Commodity Manager, UC Office of the President

Eric Pollack has been involved in procuring  for the hospitality and restaurant industries, as well as full food production facilities, for the past 40 years. He has established national and regional programs for food and non-food products for Marriott Corporation, MGM Mirage Group, Gate Gourmet, Brinker International and now for the University of California. He is currently working with the UC campuses, and their sustainability group, to establish and contract for more sustainable food offerings and more compostable disposable products.  Eric is also working with the current supply base to monitor the sustainability impact for each of the UC campuses.        

Erica Kudyba, Associate Environmental Engineer, Utility Services, Stanford University 

Erica Kudyba is an Associate Environmental Engineer at Stanford University in the Water Quality, Efficiency, and Stewardship team, where she focuses on water efficiency and water quality compliance. She oversees the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) program and the water fixture demonstration program. She also dedicates a lot of time to pilot study implementation, data management, and reporting to regulatory agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management from Ball State University.                

Erick Rodriguez, Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering; CAD Assistant, GEOSYS, Facilities Management, CSU Fullerton

Erick Rodriguez is going into his fourth year at California State University, Fullerton majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Geography. Erick worked as a student assistant in Facilities Operations for the Engineering and Sustainability department for a year where he helped put together the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, known as STARS. He now works for the GEOSYS department where he works with programs such as ArcGIS and Autocad to develop maps and collect data for the campus.

Erik Helgren, PhD, Associate Professor; Chair, Physics, CSU East Bay 

Dr. Helgren earned his BS at UCLA and then worked in the defense industry (Hughes Aircraft Co. and Raytheon Defense Systems) before returning to UCLA to earn his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in 2002. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at UCSD and then at UC Berkeley and LBNL. Dr. Helgren joined the Physics department at CSUEB in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor and took over as the Chair of the department in 2014.  Research interests encompass studying the fundamental properties of renewable energy materials including studying the metal insulator transition in semiconductors and the electrical properties of conducting polymers.                  

Erika Brown, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Graduate Student, Public Health Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Agriculture and Natural Resources Division; UC Berkeley

Erika Brown is an incoming PhD student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (SPH). In addition to UCOP, Erika has had the pleasure of working with the SF Food Security Task Force, a number of researchers at SPH, and IMPAQ International on addressing food inequity throughout the Bay Area. She intends to focus her doctoral studies on studying the impact of food insecurity on health and overall wellbeing, focusing on how to maximize alleviation efforts to minimize its burden among women and children.

Erin Claybaugh, Sustainability Program Manager, Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Laboratory Directorate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Erin is the Sustainability Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She studied Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago and then Corporate Environmental Management at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Her work at Berkeley Lab has included providing technical assistance to the House of Representatives’ Green the Capitol Initiative and the Energy Efficiency Standards Group. During weekends, Erin likes to explore the San Francisco Bay Area and volunteer at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands.                 

Erin Fabris, MESM, Sustainability Coordinator, Housing, University of Southern California 

Before coming to University of Southern California, Erin graduated from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in June 2015 with a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management with a specialization in Corporate Environmental Management and focus on Strategic Environmental Communication. During her time at the Bren School she collaborated with two major film studios to produce a life cycle assessment of a feature film which identified the major environmental impacts of a film across its life cycle. Other projects include a carbon neutrality communication plan for UCSB and carbon accounting for a local Santa Barbara business.                 

Estella Shi, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Mathematics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Estella is a second-year student at UC Berkeley pursuing degrees in Applied Mathematics and Conservation & Resource Studies. She is a research apprentice in the Department of Mathematics and is also the current Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she channels her studies into analyzing energy usage in buildings. When not researching or working Estella likes to read Russian literature, watch stand-up, and excessively check Twitter. 

Estefania Narvaez, West Coordinator Field Staff, Real Food Challenge 

Estefania graduated in December 2010 from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, which she mobilized to become one of the first Fair Trade Universities in the country. Being born and raised in Ecuador nurtured her lifelong concern for justice. She is an organizer and activist passionate about making real changes to build sustainable food systems, alleviate poverty and hunger, and to let our world breathe some clean air. After a long time of shifting from one home to another, she is now settled in Seattle supporting student food justice initiatives in the West. When she is not organizing she is dancing salsa, eating Ecuadorean food and riding her bike in the sun.                

Eugene Cordero, PhD, Professor Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University 

Climate scientist and Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University. His research interests are focused on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. Eugene coauthored Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming , where together with Bay Area Chef, Laura Stec, they explore the connections between food and global climate change. Eugene teaches various courses in climate change and is involved in projects working to improve methods of education that engage and ultimately stimulate social change.    

Evelyn Young Spath, Ed.D.

Evelyn Young Spath has served for 11 years as the Executive Assistant to the President at California State University, Bakersfield. She is the chief support and a primary liaison to the President and is responsible for the executive management and operational excellence of the Office of the President. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Dr. Young Spath works collegially with fellow members of the executive leadership team and advisory committees on institutional planning, governance, and policy development and implementation. She serves as the President’s liaison for environmental sustainability and champions recycling and alternate transportation initiatives on campus, including ‘Runner Ride, CSUB’s bike share program. Her accomplishments include writing a successful $1.2 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) federal grant to enhance the public transit stop on campus; the university’s designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University (bronze) by the League of American Bicyclists; the Kern Green Award for recycling; and Associated Students, Inc.’s Greenie Award at the 2016 This Way to Sustainability Conference for the ‘Runner Ride bike share program. Dr. Young Spath also oversees the Office of Events which leads, facilitates, or supports more than 6,000 events annually. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from CSU Bakersfield, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine.  She is fluent in Spanish.         

Fernando Maldonado, Program Director,  Student Affairs Global Sustainability Resource Center, UC Irvine

Fernando Maldonado is one of two program managers at UCI’s Global Sustainability Resource Center (GSRC). Fernando is an ecological design enthusiast with expertise in global aquaponics development and community gardening. Fernando graduated with a degree in Organizational Management from Florida State University and is currently working on his master’s in eco-social design.  Originally from Guatemala, Fernando has organized unprecedented work in aquaponics design and education in community gardens that he has built and managed in several regions of Guatemala and Costa Rica. He is passionate about building sustainability with communities at the grassroots level, and is excited to share his skills and experience with the UC Irvine community. Fernando looks forward to cultivating existing GSRC programs and building new systems to link together cross-sectional sustainability work on and off campus.
Fletcher Alexander, Sustainability Programs Manager, Institute for Sustainable Development, CSU Chico 

Fletcher Alexander is the Sustainability Programs Manager at California State University, Chico. He works collaboratively across campus on the development and implementation of sustainability initiatives in support of the campus’s long-term sustainability goals and on further developing the campus’s culture of sustainability. He graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Economics with an option in Environmental Economics and Thematic Studies in Environmental Issues. He then worked for a year and a half with the City of Chico on the development of a community-wide 2020 Climate Action Plan before coming back to the University in 2011. For his work advancing sustainability at CSU, Chico and across the CSU System he was recognized at the 2015 CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference as the Sustainability Champion of the CSU.                 

Fletcher Beaudoin, Assistant Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University 

Fletcher is the Assistant Director of Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions. He focuses on sustainability research, education, and community engagement, working to build links between the PSU community and sustainability practitioners. He develops programs focused on scaling applied research and curriculum across the university, serves as a convener and connector for advancing collaborative actions for addressing complex sustainability issues, cultivates university-practitioner partnerships around topics of urban sustainability and ecosystem services, and provides the day-to-day management of the Institute’s activities and programs. He received his BA in English and Spanish from the University of Oregon and his Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and Energy Policy from Columbia University.  He serves as a co-chair on the Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board and also the Board for the Northwest Environmental Forum.  

Fred E. Diamond, MBAx, CSI, ACIA, CDT Director of Facilities and Construction Citrus Community College District

Fred Diamond is the Director of Facilities and Construction for Citrus Community College District and has been in the educational facilities industry for over 20 years, both at the community college and K-12 level.  Additionally, Fred has been in the architecture, engineering and construction industry for over 30 years. Fred holds certifications through the Construction Specifications Institute and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and is the national school committee chair for the American Construction Inspectors Association.  Fred serves on the Registered Construction Inspectors Board, the Inland Empire Construction Specifications Institute Board and also serves in various capacities for California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing, including serving as one of the Core Instructors for the CMMCP. Mr. Diamond also serves on the management team for the California Community College’s Investor Owned Utility Partnership and also serves on the Facilities Task Force for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.                

Fred Smoller, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science, Chapman University

Fred Smoller, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at Chapman University. He helped lead the effort to bring the solar decathlon to Orange County from Washington, D.C. in 2013 and was one of the faculty leaders for Team Orange County.

Gayle Ta, MBA, PMP, Assistant Director, Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions, Business and Analytics, UC San Diego 

Gayle Ta is the Assistant Director of Business and Analytics for the Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions at UC San Diego.  She created a sustainability program for procurement in 2012 and successfully secured a sustainability position in 2013 to help advance green supply chain initiatives at the campus. With more dedicated resources, they hope to increase sustainability awareness across the campus and to influence behavioral changes in campus buying habits.  Gayle is also a founding member of the Staff Sustainability Network (SSN) which is a new staff association at UC San Diego aimed at connecting faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members with similar eco-passions.                 

Gabriela Estrada, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; UC San Diego

Exploration of the effort of community webbing, or peer to peer network. Identifies factors that need to be taken into account when attempting to organize a space that has traditionally been under represented and underserved.

Gabriel Martinez Morabe, UC Merced Carbon Neutrality Fellow, Office of Sustainability, UC Merced Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Gabriel Morabe is a full-time student studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Merced. He is determined to aid the sustainability mission through innovative projects of sustainable development. Through his minor in psychology, he studies the complex ways humans are nudged toward behavioral modification for more sustainable habits. He is a Fellow for the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative and Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Office of Sustainability. He established his professional identity through both programs developing his expertise with creative tools in planning, implementation, and evaluation. He worked for a nonprofit organization in Oakland called Clean Water Action which inspired him to show individuals that they can become a part of something larger than themselves. Through his experiences working with inspiring individuals he continues to advance his passion for developing sustainable projects and his enthusiasm for working with dynamic teams with a similar vision for a more sustainable world.

Gary R. Clay, PhD, Professor, Landscape Architecture Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mr. Clay has been teaching in Cal Poly’s Landscape Architecture Department for 21 years. His focus areas are Landscape Ecology, Environmental Resource Planning and Design, and Visual Resource Management. Presently, Mr. Clay is a member of Cal Poly’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, and teaches collaborative design studios that focus on areas of sustainability and natural systems.

Genesis Gilroy, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Communications, UC Santa Barbara

Genesis is a fourth year Communication major at UCSB and a fellow of the UC Global Food Initiative. She is working with Dr. David Cleveland to conduct exploratory research on the food policy and landscape within her campus. Before coming to Santa Barbara, Genesis spent her time as student trustee and ASG president of her community college where she advocated for food sovereignty and security. Her experience in student leadership led her to pursue a role in sustainable food systems after observing the correlation between food quality, social issues and an unhealthy planet. To understand production within the food system Genesis interned, lived and worked on a natural process farm in Northern California during the summer of 2015 which provided her insight into the relationship between a community and its food source. Genesis seeks to apply her communication skills to spreading awareness of best practices, teaching others how to eat to their advantage and how to grow their own food sustainably.

Gerri McNenny, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University 

Gerri McNenny, PhD, is a Rhetoric and Writing Studies specialist and director of the Graduate Project on Writing and Educational Research (Grad POWER) for the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Her areas of research include sustainability education, service learning, learning communities, rhetorical analysis, discourse analysis, and ideological literacy. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Sustainability Education, Rhetoric Review, Journal of Basic Writing, Dialogue, and Reflections. She also edited and contributed to the book Mainstreaming Basic Writers: Politics and Pedagogies of Access.                

Glen Bennett, Certified Water Manager, EPA Water Sense Partner, Certified Turfgrass Professional, and QWEL Certified, General Manager, Aqua Cents Water Management 

Glen Bennett has 30 plus years in the landscape industry, and is currently the General Manager of All Commercial Landscape Services and Aqua Cents Water Management in the Central Valley.  Glen received his degree in Environmental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He holds QWEL Certification as a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, is an EPA Water Sense Partner, a Certified Turf Grass Professional, and a Certified Water Management Consultant.  Glen is the current President of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of CLCA, the CA Landscape Contractors Association.                   

Grace Junge, PE, LEED AP, Energy Engineer, EnerNOC Inc. 

Grace Junge is an Energy Engineer at EnerNOC. She specializes in RCx and MBCx projects and data driven continuous commissioning. She particularly enjoys working closely with facility technicians to come up with innovative and customized control methods to optimize the performance mechanical systems. Grace holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.                

Gregory Dyment, Director, Fullerton Arboretum, CSU Fullerton

Greg has been the Fullerton Arboretum director for 19 years. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Greg was the managing director at Lakewold Gardens in Tacoma, WA. For most of Greg’s career, he has been interested in issues relating to food security, the environment, sustainability and open space. Greg served on the City of Fullerton Laguna Lake Advisory Board and has advised the City of Villa Park in adopting water efficient garden design in their landscapes. He has also assisted the Yorba Linda Water District in providing relevant information to water customers in an effort to encourage their customers to use less water in their landscapes. Greg serves on the board of Hart Community Homes, a non-profit social enterprise serving foster youth in Orange County, CA.

Gustavo Plascencia, General Manager, Dining Services, UC Riverside   

Gustavo Plascencia is the General Manager of Special Projects for Dining Services at University of California, Riverside. He graduated from UCR in 1995 with a BA in Political Science, and has worked at UCR Dining Services since 1992. In addition to coordinating special projects, Gustavo develops and implements sustainable initiatives for Dining Services, and serves as the department’s food safety and workplace safety coordinator.              

Gwen Alldredge, Energy and Environmental Associate at San Mateo County Community College District

Gwen Alldredge is the Energy and Environmental Associate with San Mateo County Community College District. As a member of the Sustainability team within the District Facilities Department, Gwen works on a variety of projects from groundwater recapture, EV charging station infrastructure expansion, sustainability reports, and student support. With a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of the Pacific, Gwen is able to bring an analytical perspective to projects and sustainability efforts.

Hamutahl Cohen, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Gradaute Student, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Hamutahl Cohen is a PhD student in Environmental Studies studying food production in sustainable agro ecosystems. He works in both tropical and temperate crop systems and with local communities.

Hannah Campi, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Environmental Science, UC Riverside

Hannah is a senior Environmental Science major at University of California, Riverside, and was the undergraduate student engagement fellow for the UCR Carbon Neutrality Initiative this past year. She is particularly interested in the overlap of social and environmental issues, and identifying ways we can address them together. Over the course of my fellowship, she was able to explore this idea more by looking at where UCR most needed change, and what students felt about their role in those changes. Hannah hopes to continue exploring these intersections and finding a ways to build support for sustainability initiative by highlighting their importance in other sectors.

Hannah Malan, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, Masters Candidate, Community Health Sciences, UC Los Angeles

With a background in communication, professional writing, and environmental advocacy, Hannah is currently completing her Master of Science degree at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. Dedicated to advancing the health of people and our planet, Hannah serves as a Graduate Student Researcher for both the EatWell pod of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and the K-12 Dining Subcommittee of the UCOP Global Food Initiative (GFI). She is also a GFI Fellow, currently completing a research project on food literacy among students at UCLA.

Hannah Ulansey, Director of Campus Center for the Environment, ASUCD, UC Davis graduate

Hannah Ulansey, from Humboldt County, California, graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis in Soils and Biogeochemistry. She worked as the Director of Campus Center for the Environment, an environmental advocacy unit of ASUCD, where she helped facilitate coordination between student and administrative environmental efforts. She quickly found a huge void where green grants should exist on campus and worked with Shaina Forsman to bring TGIF to UC Davis. Hannah enjoys backpacking, rafting and composting in her free time.

Hayley Weddle, Associated Students Advisor, UC San Diego

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree at UCSB and Masters in Higher Education from SDSU, Hayley Weddle began her career working with the Associated Students at UC San Diego.  In the past year, she has helped the organization open the Triton Food Pantry, a service available to any student experiencing food insecurity.  Next year, Hayley is excited to begin her PhD in Education at UC San Diego, and hopes to engage in research focused on access and equity in the education system.

Helen Cox,  PhD, Director, Institute for Sustainability, CSU Northridge 

Dr. Cox is the Director of the Institute for Sustainability at California State University, Northridge, a position she has held for the past seven years. In this capacity she develops and promotes educational and research programs related to sustainability; coordinates and assists in the implementation of greening efforts for the campus; participates in campus planning for sustainability; and heads up joint campus-community climate action and resilience efforts. She is actively involved in STEM education focused on sustainability, renewable energy initiatives, climate change education, mitigation and adaptation, and resilience planning. Helen earned her PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Computer Science and MA, BA in Physics from Oxford University. She is a Professor in the Geography Department at CSUN, where she teaches and conducts research related to the atmosphere, weather monitoring, remote sensing, climate change, and sustainability.                

Hilary Ego, Utility and Sustainability Specialist, Facilities Planning, Maintenance & Operations, San Mateo County Community College District 

Hilary Ego serves as the Utility and Sustainability Specialist at the San Mateo County Community College District.  Her duties include project management and support on a variety of sustainability efforts including: water conservation, energy efficiency, waste management, planning, student and faculty involvement, and community engagement.  She holds a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Water Resources Management form the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Hilary’s passion for sustainability continues to be reverberated throughout the District and the greater San Mateo County community.                

Hoaithi Dang, Global Food Initiative Ambassador, Office of Sustainability, UC Merced

Growing up in a technology bound world, I find that our connection to nature is slowly diminishing. We depend on our smartphones, GPS, and gadgets for just about everything we do in our lives. I believe that as a society if we can slow down and interact with our surroundings, we can develop deeper connection with humans and create resilient communities. As I have grown through my experiences, I have realized that to mobilize a large group of peers to develop initiatives surrounding positive social change is one of my deepest ambition. I believe that the ability to inspire is one of the greatest skills a leader can have. I strive to be someone who is respected amongst their peers, yet has the knowledge and authority to persuade the mass. That is what defines me as a successful leader.

Holli Fajack, Sustainability Coordinator, CSU Long Beach

Holli Fajack has a diverse background with experience in environmental education, policy analysis, sustainability consulting, communications, and fine art. Holli joined California State University Long Beach in 2014 as its first Sustainability Coordinator. In this role, Holli works to implement, develop, and coordinate campus sustainability programs and engage students, faculty and staff in those efforts. Holli’s previous positions include Policy Analyst for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Budget and Innovation, Director of the Student Greening Program for the non-profit Sustainable Works, and Project Assistant at the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Holli has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA and a BFA in Photography from Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Holly Mayton, UC Global Food Initiative Ambassador; PhD Candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Originally from Virginia, Holly is currently a graduate student studying Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside. Her interest in sustainability and food systems grew from her experiences as an undergraduate working part-time for the Office of Sustainability, serving as chair of the Student Council Sustainability Committee, co-managing the campus community garden, and establishing zero-waste dining and events on the University of Virginia campus. Holly looks forward to remaining actively engaged in expanding student opportunities in both campus- and California-wide sustainability efforts.

Hugo Gregoire, Sustainability Ambassador; Zero Waste Team, Sustainability, CSU East Bay 

Hugo Grégoire is an international student at California State University East Bay from Montréal, Canada. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with a minor in Environmental Studies, and a focus on applied behavior analysis. Since Fall 2015, Hugo has served as an officer for the International Honor Society in Psychology at CSUEB. He is currently interning as a sustainability ambassador at CSUEB, where he works to educate students about sustainable living, among other projects. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Hugo has been focused on how to help communities engage in sustainable behaviors. He currently volunteers at WeCare Solar to teach middle school students how to build solar suitcases for orphanages and camps in Africa that do not have electricity. In the future, Hugo hopes to continue educating people about sustainable living, and working to help businesses and corporations implement green programs.                    

Isabella Beltran, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Engineering, UC Merced

Originally from Riverside, California, Isabella is a third year Environmental Engineering undergraduate student at University of California, Merced.

James Barsimantov, PhD, Principal,  EcoShift Consulting 

James Barsimantov received his Doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on Environmental Economics and Resource Management. James has extensive experience in greenhouse gas emissions quantification, climate action strategy, and supply chain sustainability. He has developed sustainability rating systems, methodologies to quantify GHG emissions, and multiple client-specific tools for GHG emissions, energy usage, and financial analysis. James has provided expert witness testimony in multiple cases on energy and climate policy and speaks frequently in both academic and corporate sustainability venues on sustainability measurement, life cycle analysis, and environmental policy. He is a past instructor at UC Santa Cruz.                

James Hand, CEM, Campus Energy Manager, Infrastructure and Utilities, Facilities Services, UC San Francisco 

Jamie Hand is UCSF’s Campus Energy Manager. He manages UCSF’s Energy Management program, which includes energy efficiency projects through the Strategic Energy Partnership, on-site solar development, utilities budgeting, energy and emissions reporting, and collaborative efforts to reduce energy use with IT, building occupants, and campus procurement. He has worked at UCSF for 3 years and has worked in energy efficiency for the last 8 years. His previous work experience includes energy auditing and utility rebate program administration. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Middlebury College and is a Certified Energy Manager.                 

James Logsdon, Assistant Director of Grounds and Events, Grounds, CSU Northridge

An employee of more 25 years at the CSU Northridge campus, managing a team of 25 employees in the maintenance of 255 acres of landscape, hardscape, roadways, parking lots and structures. Design, consultation and implementation of landscape projects including sustainable, low water use/drought resistant planting areas throughout campus. Working in conjunction with the campus Sustainability Manager, the CSUN campus was recognized through the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus U.S.A.”. Responsible for sustainable efforts throughout campus including the renovation of more than 700,000 sq. ft. of turf, our Computerized Irrigation System upgrade and overall campus water management. Also, providing logistical and design support for more than 300 events on campus each year, ranging from Clubs and Organizations, to Division 1 Sports support, to Commencement ceremonies and hosting of dignitaries from around the world.                

Jamison Czarnecki, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Jamison has been involved in environmental work nearly all his life. As a youth, he participated in river clean ups and beautification projects. He has transitioned into tackling more complex issues to help prevent pollution from occurring in the first place. His interests in environmentalism range from politics to zero waste. When not attempting to save the world, he enjoys being outdoors and taking his motorcycle on scenic rides into the redwoods and on Pacific Coast Highway. Professionally, he hopes to become a sustainability manager and is actively pursuing work in the field of sustainability.

Jane L. Teranes, PhD, Faculty Scripps, Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego 

Jane is a teaching professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. She earned a PhD from the Earth Sciences Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and she has a Masters degree from the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Currently, she serve as the program director for undergraduate education at Scripps which includes courses and curriculum in Earth Sciences, Marine Biology and Marine Science.  Jane is also faculty director of the campus-wide interdisciplinary Environmental System Program at UC San Diego. Jane has teaching interests in interdisciplinary environmental education and in the design and incorporation of research and internship projects in undergraduate education to enhance student learning. Jane teaches courses on climate change, paleoclimatology and environmental sciences to a broad variety of students at UC San Diego.                

Janika McFeely, Sustainability Specialist, Energy and Sustainability, UC Office of the President 

Janika McFeely joined UCOP in 2015 after working for seven years as an architect and Sustainability Specialist at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco. During her time at EHDD she managed the LEED® certification process for over two dozen projects including ten meeting LEED® Platinum and worked as a designer on numerous high performance buildings including the Net Zero Energy Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA and a LEED® Platinum laboratory and academic facility at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Janika has held volunteer leadership roles with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and has a broad interest and background in sustainability issues. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia.                

Jason Oliver, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architecture Professor and Sustainable Development Committee Co-Chair, College of the Canyons

Jason Oliver is a California licensed Architect with over 20 years of professional experience and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction.  As a full-time Architecture professor at COC, Jason’s current focus is on infusing sustainable design principles into every phase of the learning process. “I really enjoy helping students find their own personal spark … the inspiration that fosters their growth as a sustainable designer and enhances their enjoyment of helping shape the world around them.”

Jennifer Andrews, Project Director, Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire 

Jenn came to UNHSI in 2014 from the nonprofit Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP), where she worked for 13 years promoting climate change solutions for campuses, communities and businesses. She oversaw development, launch and continued maintenance of the Campus Carbon Calculator (and its online version, CarbonMAP), the most widely used tool for college and university GHG inventories in the US and internationally. At the Sustainability Institute, Jenn continues to manage the CCC and CMAP, as well as a national Sustainability Fellowship program also launched by CA-CP. She is also responsible for all of UNH’s public sustainability reporting, and coordinates the University’s Energy Task Force, EcoSystem Task Force, and Zero Waste Task Force.

Jennifer Scarbrough, Sustainability Ambassador, Office of Sustainability, California State University East Bay

Jennifer Scarbrough is a senior at California State University East Bay (CSUEB) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She works as a Sustainability Ambassador in CSUEB’s Office of Sustainability, focusing on a full campus sustainability assessment. In January, 2016, her commitment to create a sustainability baseline for CSUEB, was accepted by Clinton Global Initiative University. In March 2016, she presented at the This Way To Sustainability Conference in Chico, California.

Jess Gambel, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences, UC San Diego

Jess Gambel is a second-year PhD student in the Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution program at UC San Diego. As a member of the Holway Lab, she studies the impacts of environmental change on insect pollination. She is particularly interested in looking at how climate change affects the relationship between flowering plants and their bee pollinators. Jess’s past work includes studying the tropical sweat bee, Megalopta genalis, in Panama, examining the pollination of pumpkin crops in Connecticut, as well as surveying the diversity of bee visitation to rare plant species in San Francisco.

Jesse Flores, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Geography, UC Los Angeles

Jesse Flores  a third year UCLA Undergraduate Student majoring in Geography and minoring in Civic Engagement. Originally from Norwalk, CA, Jesse finds himself often outside of Norwalk and exploring the entire Metropolitan Los Angeles area. In an attempt to get to know Los Angeles’s diverse neighborhoods, he has volunteered and interned with numerous nonprofit organizations that include TreePeople, KCRW, and American Cinematheque. His current work in food and as a Resident Assistant at UCLA have left Jesse fascinated with community empowerment and its role in urban planning.

Jessica Alvarez,  UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Environmental Studies; Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Pursuing a Double major in Hydrological Sciences and Anthropology, Jessica is a returning and non-traditional UC student. Having organized with Greenpeace, and dedicated much time and energy to researching the underlying social and technical complexities of solving environmental issues, Jessica is passionate about and committed to leaving behind a better world for her son Easton.

Jewel Snavely, Sustainability Coordinator, Adminstrative Services Unit, UC Santa Barbara

Jewel Snavely joined the Administrative Services Department in September 2013 as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator and TGIF Grants Manager.  Jewel earned her Master’s degree from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Management, where she specialized in Water Resource Management.  In Jewel’s position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she is responsible for managing The Green Initiative Fund, UCSB’s sustainability reporting, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee and other subcommittees, and additional sustainability projects and outreach/communication. Jewel has also been heavily involved in the coordination and implementation of two of the Presidential Initiatives on Food and Climate Neutrality.                

Jiarong Zhou, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, NanoEngineering, UC San Diego

Jiarong Zhou is a third-year NanoEngineering major at UC San Diego with a minor in Organic Chemistry. Jiarong has research experience in computer modeling, pharmaceutics, nanomedicine, and bioinformatics. He has been intrigued with the different amazing properties of a variety of materials and dedicated part of my academic career to study them. Through his research, Jiarong hopes to find unique properties of materials that might be able to mediate global warming, assist in medical treatment, or become an important substance in the semiconductor industry.

Jillian Kardell, Undergraduate Student, Earth System Science, UC Irvine

 Jillian Marie is 23 years old from as far south as you can get in the state of California, the city of San Ysidro. She is currently involved in Climatepedia, which is a student-led initiative dedicated to spread awareness about climate change, and whose mission is to provide a reliable source of climate change information by connecting the public with academic research and perspectives. Off-campus, Jillian works full-time as a mariachi musician performing at events all over the Orange County and Los Angeles. While in Costa Rica, she looks forward to meeting new people and I hope to gain a new perspective on sustainable living, as well as a chance to submerse herself in a new culture.

Jillian Buckholz, Director of Sustainability, CSU East Bay

Jillian Buckholz is the first Director of Sustainability on the California State University, East Bay campus. While Jillian is new to East Bay, she’s no stranger to working on campus sustainability issues. Prior to coming to The Bay, Jillian was the Senior Programs Coordinator at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) where she was responsible for the customer support, educational programming, and outreach associated with all AASHE programs. Before AASHE, Jillian was the first sustainability coordinator in the California State University (CSU) system at CSU, Chico. In this position she managed sustainability efforts across the campus; developed a campus-wide sustainability assessment; piloted the AASHE STARS campus sustainability rating program; and co-created SCOOP, an award winning on-campus office sustainability assessment tool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Geography and Planning from CSU, Chico.

Joanne Wong, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Masters Candidate, Urban Planning, UC Los Angeles

Joanne Wong is a graduating Masters in Urban and Regional Planning student from UCLA, focused on environmental sustainability and climate change resiliency. As Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, she sees how educational institutions play an important role in supporting sustainable, healthy and empowered communities, and inspire students and others to act in their own lives. Joanne is also a researcher and intern for San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability, evaluating social vulnerability to sea level rise in at-risk communities. She hopes to continue to support and manage accessible and relevant environmental programs, backed with her experience in community development and education.

Joe Fullerton, LEED AP, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Planning and Operations, San Mateo County Community College District 

Joe Fullerton is the Energy Management Coordinator for San Mateo County Community College District. In addition to his work on energy, Joe is the point person for sustainability-oriented efforts and projects across the three-campus District.  Prior to working at SMCCCD, Joe has worked as an energy efficiency program project manager, a Green Building and Environmental Specialist and as a builder. Combined, Joe brings over 15 years of sustainability experience, is a LEED accredited professional, a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and holds a degree in Sustainable Enterprise Management from the University of Phoenix. When not at work, you will find Joe in his kayak, climbing harness or on his mountain bike.     

Joey Martinez, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Services, California State University, Sacramento 

Joey Martinez grew up in the south San Joaquin Valley where he witnessed firsthand the ongoing conflicts of water conservation vs. water rights, pesticides use, and farming vs. conservationism. Now a member of the Sac State Sustainability team at Sacramento State, Joey is the Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator where he works with students, faculty, and staff to move the university towards composting, recycling and other zero waste goals. Two years ago he literally taught the course “How to be a Recycling Coordinator” and stresses success through collaboration. He is passionate about sustainability, is an admitted music snob, and an ardent Dr. Who fan.”                     

Jogreet Chadha, STARS Assessment Coordinator; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Jogreet is a fourth year Environmental Studies major and current student intern with UCSB Sustainability. She is part of a team that collects data for UCSB’s STARS report submission to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She researches and collects data on campus policies, academics and faculty research among other aspects which are included in UCSB’s sustainability reporting.

John Bock, PhD, Director, Center for Sustainability; Professor, Anthropology, CSU Fullerton 

John Bock is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, and from 2008-14 was coordinator of the Environmental Studies Graduate Program and is the founding director of CSUF’s Center for Sustainability. Bock is also the faculty liaison for CSUF’s Sustainability Pathway within the general education program, which provides students with a unified sustainability-focused theme in meeting their general education requirements. Each year the Center works with student groups to organize events on campus and in the community, including an Earth Week celebration spread over several days. Under a CSU system-wide grant, Bock has developed a new course, Environmental Studies/Chemistry 492, Sustainability Project where students from five colleges work in teams with community partners on sustainability-focused projects. Bock has a long history of working in the area of ecology and health, and is co-PI on an NSF Coupled/Natural Human Systems program grant focused on climate change, water quality, and disease in northern Botswana                

John J. Cook, PhD, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, ISSP-CSP, Director of Sustainability, UC Riverside 

Dr. Cook holds a MBA in Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School, a MALS from Reed College, and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He is also a ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional, a LEED AP BD+C with certificates in Green Business, Green Engineering, and Green Architecture from the Chicago Center for Green Technology and a US Fulbright Fellow.  Since establishing the Office of Sustainability in November 2010, Dr. Cook has published two articles in the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage published by Sage Publications (2012), overseen the certification of 16 LEED buildings and installed 4 MW of renewable energy on campus. He serves as co-chairs the UC Climate Change working group and as a standing member of the Riverside Sustainability Coalition. Dr. Cook teaches courses in Systems Thinking and Sustainability for UCR’s School of Public Policy and serves as an advisor to the Gender and Sexuality Sustainability Studies degree program.

John Dilliott, PE, Associate Director of Energy & Utilities, Facilities Management, UC San Diego 

John Dilliott, PE is the Associate Director of Energy Utilities at UC San Diego. John graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering, and first worked at UC San Diego from 1993 to 1998 as an operator at the Central Plant. He left the university for a year, but returned in 1999 to help build the campus’ cogeneration plant.  He has since held the positions of Campus Energy Manager and now Associate Director of Energy Utilities.                

John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

John Elliott is Chief Sustainability Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is responsible for directing and implementing the Lab’s sustainability strategy. He has broad and detailed experience in building efficiency, building energy management, renewables, water efficiency, electric vehicles, employee engagement, waste diversion, and toxics reduction. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, consulting on efficiency and renewables to native American tribes, leading a professional services team implementing energy software solutions for utilities and energy market operators, as well as doing groundwater modeling and work with soil and groundwater remediation systems. John draws on the local academic communities of Stanford and the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, where he received undergraduate and masters degrees.                

John Lazarus, Assistant Director, UCen Dining, UC Santa Barbara

I have 20 years’ experience in dining.  I started out as a line cook and worked in a variety of fine dining restaurants in Washington DC.  I moved out to California almost 10 years ago and began working at UCSB as a chef.  I moved over to manage a catering operation and then was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of UCen Dining.  In my current position I oversee a catering operation as well as the kitchen that makes all of the food for the retail dining units on the UCSB campus.  I have always had a passion for food, sustainability, and the linkage of the 2.  Being a part of bringing the demo kitchen to UCSB has been great and I look forward to continuing to work on reducing food insecurity.                

John Onderdonk, MESM, LEED AP BD+C, Director, Sustainability Programs, Caltech

John Onderdonk serves as the Director of Sustainability Programs at Caltech where he is responsible for strategic planning to improve environmental performance in the areas of energy, climate, water, waste, supply chain, transportation and building infrastructure. At Caltech, John has supervised the execution of a $15M energy efficiency fund and has served as the lead sustainability advisor for 9 LEED certified capital building projects totaling approximately $300M in construction costs. John is also responsible for the Institute’s compliance with the California carbon cap-and-trade regulation AB 32. Prior to joining Caltech, John practiced environmental risk management and developed liability transfer programs for corporate and brownfield redevelopment clients. John holds a Masters in Corporate Environmental Management from the Bren School at UCSB and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Economics from the University of Oregon.

Jonathan Fong, Filmmaker; Alum, UC Berkeley   

Jonathan Fong is a UC Berkeley alum who works in multimedia, marketing, and environmental causes. From being a California Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship recipient and Student Homecoming Team Ambassador while at Cal, he went on to teach video production at Berkeley City College. He currently captures photos and produces films, and is active in supporting Bay Area non-profits that teach and advocate for sustainable food and waste practices.                

Jordan Sager, Program Manager, Utility and Energy Services, UC Santa Barbara 

After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Redlands, California, Jordan Sager began his career at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as a graduate student in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. He now manages the LEED Green Building program and supports the development of campus energy-efficiency projects for UCSB’s Physical Facilities division. In addition, he is a co-founder of Santa Barbara’s Emerging Green Builders organization and holds a regional chair position in the California Central Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council.                

Jordi Vasquez, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Jordi Vasquez is a fourth year Undergraduate Student at the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Earth Sciences concentrating in Environmental Geology. He is interested in the effects climate change will have on water resources, Jordi became a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow excited to work on mitigation of climate effects instead of adaptation.  Although primarily an Engagement Fellow with Jamison Czarnecki, he has also completed data visualization and analysis as part of the Climate and Energy Survey, as well as researching possible carbon credits in relation to the campus’ development plans.  

Joshua Lopez, Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering; Utilities Assistant, Facilities Operations, CSU Fullerton

Joshua David Lopez is a third year Undergraduate Student at California State University, Fullerton majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Joshua has been working as Energy Efficiency Intern for the Facilities Operations department since February 2015. He helps analyze the monthly utility bills of CSUF, and assists in different projects to decrease the usage of commodities.

Joshua Morejohn, Energy Manager, Facilities Management, UC Davis 

Joshua serves as Energy Manager for Facilities Management at UC Davis. In this role he provides leadership and direction for the Energy Conservation Office in developing and institutionalizing an aggressive energy management strategy and implementing a wide variety of energy projects across the campus. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified energy manager and long ago he double-majored in Spanish and Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis.                

Judy Xie, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies/Biology, UC Santa Cruz

I am a third year student and I got involved around food justice during my second year at UCSC. Before getting involved, I had no idea that there were so many issues revolving around food. Joining UC Santa Cruz’s Food System Working Group has given me the opportunity to learn and gain experience in being part of the solution towards food sustainability, education, and equity. I am grateful for their dedication to student involvement and mentorship, which is the reason why I got to be a GFI fellow. My other interests include animal justice, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Sustainability Manager, CSU San Marcos

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Sustainability Manager at Cal State San Marcos, is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CSUSM Sustainability Master Plan and is committed to working with faculty to create transformative academic opportunities for students to connect their education to real-life learning through developing the campus as a living laboratory. Juliana engages and supports students, staff and faculty in fostering a culture of sustainability on campus. Prior to coming to CSUSM, Juliana worked for the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program and overseas with the US Peace Corps. Juliana holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Community Development and Social Action Training from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. Her BA is in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Karina Garbesi, Professor, AGES, CSU East Bay 

Dr. Garbesi has over 20 years of experience leading sustainability education, research, and action-oriented programs as a professor of environmental studies at Cal State East Bay, San Jose State University, and as a program director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). With a background in physics (AB Physics, High Honors, UC Berkeley, ‘86) and an interdisciplinary MS and PhD in Energy and Resources (UCB ‘88/’93). Garbesi takes an interdisciplinary approach to problems at the nexus energy, environment, and social justice. Her work has included renewable energy resource assessment, environmental and social impacts of energy alternatives, energy and economic impacts of energy efficiency standards. Garbesi is a founding member of the board of directors of We Care Solar. The organization brings light and solar power to maternal health clinics in the poorest countries in the world and engages in solar education for social impact.                

Katherine Ennis, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Kate is a PhD student interested in food production systems and food access. As part of her GFI Fellowship she conducted a survey of several food pantries in Santa Cruz County to better understand food insecurity among students and how that compares to other populations within the county. For her PhD research she is studying climate change and agriculture in coffee agroecosystems. She is particularly interested in how shifting weather patterns will affect agroecosystem functions and food production.

Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director, Dovetail Partners

Kathryn is a forester by training and has worked on forest management issues in a range of roles. Kathryn has been a leader within forestry through her service as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and her appointment to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. Kathryn served on the NSF Joint Committee on Dimensional Stone Sustainability, is a current Board Member of the Forest Stewards Guild and the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation. Kathryn is a member of the SFI External Review Panel; serves as a Technical Expert for the FSC-US Working Group charged with development of indicators for lands managed by the US Forest Service; and the Technical Committee for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota and also studied at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, Alaska.

Kathy Eung, Sustainability Assistant, Sustain U, Associated Student Incorporated, CSU Long Beach 

Kathy Eung is a student at CSULB, going for her certification in Geographical Information Systems.  She started becoming interested in Environmental policies after spending two years researching Orangutans in captivity at the San Diego Zoo.  After learning they were endangered and might not exist for future generations, she knew that something had to be done.  She hopes that with her education in Geographical Information Systems, she can become an environmental consultant.                

Katie Luong, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science, UC Los Angeles

I am graduating senior majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Environmental Engineering. My true passion for the environment stemmed from my introductory environmental course when I learned it was possible to generate clean renewable energy. I believe sustainability will grant people a better quality of life and transcend us to a future where both the environment and humans can thrive. In my spare time, I love to go out to concerts and festivals and I love nurturing my mini succulent garden. Also, I love my current work in green buildings and I cannot wait to learn more.

Katja Brundiers, PhD, Community-University Liaison, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University 

Katja Brundiers is the Community-University Liaison for the School of Sustainability, where she develops and administers student-centered research on practical sustainability problems. Before joining ASU, Katja headed up a boundary organization at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland) that facilitated collaborative research projects between students, faculty, and community partners (business, government, NGOs). Katja brings to the position her experiences as a sustainability consultant to the University of British Columbia (Canada) and as a member of the UNESCO Committee on Education for Sustainable Development. She also worked as a civil servant at the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development, as a consultant in a private planning agency, and as a researcher in an international development research project for the government of Sri Lanka. She holds a master’s degree in geography and anthropology from the University of Zurich.         

Katrina Benedicto, Key Accounts Manager, ecoGrounds    

As Key Accounts Manager for ecoGrounds by Java City, Katrina Benedicto supports coffee operations at colleges and universities across the Western United States. She brings seventeen years of coffee experience with strengths in retail, marketing, training, and project management. She is passionate about social justice and is a subject matter expert on coffee certifications. Katrina loves creating campus coffee programs for community development, funding projects locally and in coffee origin countries. Her conviction that coffee can make the world better is expanded by Student Brand Ambassadors interning as ecoGrounds field marketers. Katrina is an alumna of UC Santa Cruz, enjoys travel, and spends her free time outdoors.

Ken Albright, MBA, CEFP, Director of Facilities Planning and Management, Butte-Glenn Community College

Ken Albright is the Director of Facilities at Butte College, one of the region’s premiere sustainability-focused institutions. Ken is active in the District’s Sustainability Committee and oversees the college’s efforts with respect to renewable energy production and sustainable operations.

Ken Maxey, Facility & Equipment Coordinator, Titan Recreation, CSU Fullerton

The Student Recreation Center opened in 2008 and received LEED Gold Certification for New Construction.  The center receives on average 3,500 users daily during the semester.  Ken Maxey has been a member of Titan Recreation for 11 years, and has been a part of the Student Recreation Center for the past 5 years.  Currently, the Student Recreation Center is modifying policies and procedures to apply for LEED EBOM certification in the next year.

Kenny Seeton, Energy Manager, Central Plant, CSU Dominquez Hills 

Kenny Seeton is both the Central Plant Manager and Energy Manager at CSUDH. When he is not taking care of the Heating and Cooling needs of the campus he is looking for ways to make the campus more energy efficient. Ken is a graduate of A.I.B. Maintenance Engineering Program with over 26 years’ experience at Hostess Twinkies. Recently the recipient of the 2013 Management Excellence Award at CSUDH. He enjoys working with students and his crew to come up with innovative ways to increase comfort and reduce energy.                

Kevin Mattson, Sustainable Waste Management Specialist, Facilities Operation, CSU Fullerton

Kevin Mattson is the Sustainable Waste Management Specialist at California State University, Fullerton. He also received his BA in 2008 and MA in 2010 in Geography from CSU Fullerton. An innovative sustainability professional, Kevin has launched multiple new waste and recycling programs using extensive experience in process developments and stakeholder collaboration. Kevin is excited to be back at his Alma Mater, CSU Fullerton, working with Facilities Operations.

Kimberly Duong, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering, UC Irvine

Kimberly is currently a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has a BS from UCLA in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Environmental Sciences and an M.S. from UCI in Civil Engineering. Her research for the UCI Water-PIRE is focused on urban water sustainability, specifically on how urban water consumption is influenced by factors such as conservation campaigns and technological innovation in water efficiency. She is also president of the UCI chapter of Climatepedia, a not-for-profit student organization dedicated to climate change awareness and education. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and hiking.

Kira Stoll, AICP, LEED Green Associate, Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability and Energy, UC Berkeley 

For over 20 years Kira Stoll has developed cutting-edge sustainability and transportation initiatives for the University of California. Now as UC Berkeley’s Sustainability Manager, she leads the Campus Carbon Emission reduction program, develops on-site solar facilities, manages communications, and advises on measures ranging from waste and water use reduction to green purchasing, and green buildings. Her climate related work has been instrumental in bringing Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions down to levels lower than they were two decades ago. In previous work as a transportation planner, Kira implemented joint-agency projects bringing lasting increases in the number of sustainable commuters and improving community relations and land use decision making. Kira chairs the UC Climate Change Working Group and is an inaugural member of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council. Kira has a Master’s of Social Sciences (Learning and Global Change)-Linkoping University, BA in Humanities-UC Santa Cruz, and is a certified Urban Planner.                

Kripa Jagannathan, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; PhD Candidate, Energy and Resources Group, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory 

Kripa Jagannathan is a PhD student at the Energy and Resources Group of UC Berkeley. Kripa’s research interests are in climate change adaptation and her current work focuses on improving the usefulness of climate science for agricultural stakeholders. For this research, she is combining ethnographic work interviewing farmers to understand their specific climate information needs, along with quantitative analysis of climate model data to see how well climate models are able to predict specific climatic metrics that farmers care about at. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Kripa worked in the Climate Change division of PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd.

Krista Mays, Sustainability Coordinator, Housing Dining Hospitality, UC San Diego

Krista started in what is now known as the Sustainability field in 1990 as a senior at SDSU. She’s been at UCSD since 1994 starting as the first Recycling Coordinator in the UC system and then growing the position into recycling, trash, energy conservation, composting, water conservation and any other green thing the students dreamed up. In 2008, she joined UCSD’s Housing Dining Hospitality staff as their Sustainability Coordinator, a position that covers everything from composting to fair trade, energy conservation to purchasing standards and student education and outreach. She supervises a team of 10 student workers, known as the EcoNauts, and together they try to find new ways to educate and inspire residents and HDH staff. Krista has her Master’s in Strategic Communication and BA in Public Administration.

Kristen M. Jasko, Interim Director, Parking & Transportation Services, CSU Fullerton 

Kristen M. Jasko is the Interim Director of Parking and Transportation Services at California State University, Fullerton.  She is an alumna of CSUF, with over twelve years of experience managing Parking and Transportation programs.  Kristen has been actively engaged in Transportation Demand Management efforts for the past eight years, overseeing the expansion of sustainable transportation programs at Cal State Fullerton and currently serving as the chair of the Bicycle Users Subcommittee for the City of Fullerton.                   

Kristy Morehead, Recent Graduate, Geography, CSU Fullerton

Kristy is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton receiving her Bachelor of Humanities in Geography and an emphasis in Environmental Analysis. She has been involved with a waste diversion project with CSU Fullerton’s Facilities Management, as well as an internship at Waste Management of Orange County. She is looking to continue working in the field of waste reduction and diversion.

Kyle S. Hemes, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, PhD Candidate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley; Ecosystem Sciences, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Division

Kyle is interested in the interface between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, and how we can better characterize the climatic impact of land use change and restoration. He has more than two years of experience working in ecosystem conservation on the ground in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, and multiple years of experience developing land use and agricultural greenhouse gas protocols for California’s nascent cap and trade system. Currently, Kyle is pursuing a PhD in Ecosystem Sciences at UC Berkeley.

Kyle Mann, MCM, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Facilities Management, CSU Fullerton 

Kyle Mann currently works as the Energy Efficiency Program Specialist at CSUF and has over 10 years’ experience in the sustainability and energy conservation industry. At CSU Fullerton, Kyle helps manage projects and programs providing energy and water savings to the campus. Prior to joining CSUF, Kyle worked extensively in the electric utility industry for Southern California Edison in account management assigned to SCE’s largest national commercial account customers. Preceding to working in the energy and sustainability industry, Kyle worked as a corporate marketing and PR manager as well as a producer in the television, film, and radio industry. Kyle has his masters in Communications Management from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Georgia. 

Lacey Raak, Sustainability Director, CSU Monterey Bay

Lacey became the first Sustainability Director at CSUMB in 2015, after serving as Sustainability Director at UC Santa Cruz. Originally from Minnesota, Lacey completed her Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies. In 2010, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Indonesia where she researched the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy.

Laura Rood, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering, UC Irvine

Laura is graduating in June from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Materials Science Engineering. She is currently on the board for the SAGE Scholars Program and Engineers Without Borders at UCI. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school for food science or biomedical engineering to further study the relationship between nutrition and disease. Her ultimate career goal is to work for the FDA or USDA to help mitigate the harmful effects of many consumer goods and products on the health and safety of the public and the environment.

Lauren Jabusch, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, UC Office of the President; PhD Candidate, Biology and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Lauren Jabusch is pursuing a PhD in Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis, where her studies focus on next generation biofuels, wastewater treatment, and integrated agriculture. In addition to being a UC Office of the President Carbon Neutrality Fellow, she is the Chair of the Board of the California Student Sustainability Coalition and guides the organization to transform California higher education systems into models of economic, environmental, and equitable justice. She was a NSF GK-12 (Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 education) RESOURCE fellow from 2013-2015, teaching science curriculum with a focus on renewable energy to Sacramento, CA-area 6th graders.

Lesley Clark, Commodity Manager, Procurement Services, Professional Services/IT COE, UC Office of the President

Lesley Clark is a Commodity Manager in Procurement Services at the University of California’s Office of the President. Her UC career began in 1998 in UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Office. Prior to UC, Lesley had a twenty-year career as an executive in buying and store management for Macy’s and Mervyn’s. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from UC Davis and an MBA in Marketing. Lesley chaired UC’s Systemwide Sustainable Purchasing Working Group for eight years. She is responsible for Commodity Management and for managing Professional Services Agreements. Lesley began recycling in the 1970’s while growing up in Berkeley, well before it became the norm.

Lesly Figueroa, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate, Urban Studies & Planning; Family Medicine & Public Health, UC San Diego

My name is Lesly Figueroa and I grew up in the Coachella Valley. I am a first generation Chicana/Latina student attending University of California, San Diego as an Urban Studies & Planning and Public Health Double Major with a minor in Environmental Studies. My family is my biggest inspiration and influence in my sustainability work. Making sure everyone has equal access to a healthy environment, human rights, and education is what drives me to continue my efforts in sustainability. If everyone incorporated sustainability into their lives, further progress could be made to create bigger change. Everything is possible when communities organize.

Lewis Rosman, MBA, CEM, CEA, Director of Energy Services, Facilities Management, UC Los Angeles 

Lewis Rosman is the Director of Energy Services at UC Los Angeles.  Lewis graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Degree in Electrical Engineering, and first worked for the U.S. Navy on submarine repairs and overhauls. He then worked as a Project Engineer and then a Cogen Plant Manager in multiple paper mills till coming to UCLA in 1999 to get his MBA and manage the Central Plant. He left university service for a year to manage the plant as a contractor, but returned in 2008.  In 2011 he was promoted to Director of Energy Services.  

Lily Urmann, Green Labs Facilitator, Sustainability Office, UC Santa Cruz 

Lily Urmann just graduated the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies. She has been working as the Green Labs Facilitator at the Sustainability Office for the past two years. Previously, Lily was the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Intern and leading Co-Chair for the Student Environmental Center. Lily is very interested in Biomimicry and hopes to encourage and incorporate green chemistry in green labs programs.                 

Linsey Shariq, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering, UC Davis

Linsey Shariq is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, and a Global Food Initiative Fellow. Linsey’s research focuses on the fate and transport of hazardous chemicals in the environment with particular emphasis on the uptake of chemicals into the food supply and associated human health risks. Her dissertation research examines the reuse of hydraulic fracturing wastewater for irrigation. Her publication, Uncertainties Associated with the Reuse of Treated Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater for Crop Irrigation, appeared in Environmental Science & Technology, 2013. It presents a case   for initiating an interdisciplinary dialogue regarding potential exposure pathways associated with wastewater reuse.

Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability and Energy, Office of Sustainability and Energy, UC Berkeley

Lisa McNeilly is the Director of Sustainability and Energy at the University of California, Berkeley and has over twenty years of experience working in the sustainability field. At Berkeley, she focuses on sustainability planning and on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and waste generation. She also publishes annual sustainability reports and compiles sustainability metrics to emphasize transparency and accountability. Prior to her arrival at University of California, she served as regional program director for the Nature Conservancy, managed sustainability and compliance for facilities at the Grand Canyon, directed international programs at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and served as special assistant to the White House Climate Change Task Force. She holds a Master`s degree in Public Policy from Princeton and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Davidson College. She has written on equity considerations for climate change and food policy in developing countries.

Loralyn Perry, Energy & Utility Manager, Facilities, CSU East Bay

Loralyn Perry is the Energy & Utility Manager at CSU East Bay. She joined the Facilities Department at the University in 2014. She is responsible for energy, waste and water at the East Bay and Concord campuses. Prior to joining CSUEB, she was principal of energymatters, a green energy and sustainability consulting business serving commercial and residential clients. Her experience includes over twenty years experience in energy efficiency technologies, utility programs, sustainable building and design including Zero Net Energy project management and building evaluations. She has developed and managed programs from large companies to non-profit firms and has consulted with hundreds of California utility customers and building professionals in association with PG&E’s numerous energy efficiency programs.  Loralyn is a Certified Building Operator and LEED Accredited Professional with a BLA from the University of Washington and a Project Management Certification from UC Berkeley. She was awarded several Integration Awards from California’s largest utility celebrating her ability to work collaboratively with team members. She has a broad knowledge of regulatory and sustainable building techniques, energy efficiency simulation models and measurement and verification protocol.

Lotus Thai, Team Co-Leader, Team Orange County, Solar Decathlon 2015; Environmental Science and Policy, Chapman University 

Lotus Thai is a senior, double majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and Business Administration, minoring in Political Science. She was the Communications Lead for Team Orange County and was involved with design critiques, marketing, fundraising, media coordination, and event planning.    

Louie M. Oliveira, CPMM, Chief Operating Engineer, Facilities Services, Stanislaus State University

Louie Oliveira is the Chief Engineer for Facilities operations at California State University, Stanislaus. Louie has been working in Facilities Services for over 20 years. He holds a CPMM certification from the Association of Facilities Engineers and a State of California C-20 Contractors license. He was an integral part of the startup team of the new University of California campus at Merced where he was trained in the latest building automation and energy managements systems. He has developed and implemented various energy savings projects at Stanislaus State University and is currently working on developing additional water management strategies and energy savings projects.

Lucy HG Solomon, MFA, Assistant Professor, Media Design, School of Arts, CSU San Marcos

Lucy HG Solomon, Assistant Professor of Media Design in the School of Arts at CSUSM, is an advocate of inserting art into the STEM fields. As an educator who generates STEAM in the classroom and an artist who layers science and narrative, she presents students with views of our changing world as seen through both a microscope and a telescope. She received an MFA in Art with a concentration in Multimedia from Claremont Graduate University. Previous to CSUSM, she worked in collaboration with scientists in the Synthetic Biology laboratory at MIT, engineering students at Bradley University, and in between chemistry, dance, and architecture in New York City. She initiated The League of Imaginary Scientists, whose creative output has been anthologized in a book by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles documenting social practice at MOCA. Her artwork has exhibited throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.            

Lukas G Gemeinhardt, President of National Outreach, Food Riders of OCC; undergraduate student, construction engineering management, Orange Coast College 

Lukas Gemeinhardt is a sophomore at Orange Coast College studying Business Entrepreneurship, Asset Management, and Computer Programming. In addition to being an Honors student, Lukas is the secretary of OCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, the President of National Outreach for the Food Riders, and is on the Fiscal Affairs branch of ASOCC. The Food Riders specialize in packaging and delivering food from OCC’s cafeteria that would otherwise be thrown away. In six years, they have given over 60,000 pounds of food to hungry people in Orange County.                

Maelynn Dickson, Graduate Student, Geography, CSU Fullerton

Maelynn Dickson is a recent graduate of CSUF, getting her degree in Geography with an Environmental Analysis Emphasis. Starting four years ago at community college, Maelynn discovered a profound interest in the environment and how it impacts human beings, and vice versa. After being accepted into the undergraduate program at CSUF, she continued her interest in the subject, conducting multiple research projects aimed towards human environmental interactions. Now that she has received acceptance into the graduate program, she plans to continue her enthusiasm for the geographical field. With the knowledge that she has gained/ will be learning, she aspires to give insight to civilians on how to become more sustainable and aware of the earths limited resources.

Maile Hartsook, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Student Coordinator, Edible Campus Program, Undergraduate Student, Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

Maile Hartsook is a UCSB graduating senior who hopes to eventually work in environmental policy. She greatly enjoyed her fellowship with the UC Global Food Initiative and is so excited that soon UCSB will have several sustainable food production models. She accepted a position in economic development post graduation, and then hopes to attend graduate school. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, and before embarking on her career this summer she has tickets to explore Thailand, Vietnam, and Costa Rica.

Mackenzie Hope Crigger, MBA, LEED GA, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management, Chapman University 

Mackenzie Crigger is the Energy and Sustainability Manager at Chapman University and Adjunct Faculty for the Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Course. She has an MBA with a focus on Sustainability from Duquesne University and an Undergraduate Degree from Transylvania University. Ms. Crigger sits on the Sustain OC Board and the Green Business Council of Southern California, and is the current instructor of ENV 498.                           

Margaret LaGaly, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, English, UC Los Angeles

Margaret LaGaly is a second-year English major at UCLA. She was one of three fellows developing the Food Studies Minor. Margaret also writes for UCLA’s comedy magazine, Satyr. In her free time, she maintains her backyard wheat field and bakes sourdough bread for her company, Winslow Bread Co.

Mark Maxwell, Assistant Director of Construction & Sustainability, Design & Construction, UC Merced 

Mark Maxwell is responsible for managing, tracking & coordinating all building documentation for LEED submittals to the US Green Building Council. He oversees each project from design through construction and gives support to all project teams to insure all LEED Criteria is met. He collects reviews and prepares all documentation for each project LEED submission. To date, Mark has successfully certified 16 buildings at the University of California, Merced under LEED for new construction, with the most recent 7 achieving a LEED Platinum certification.  Mark holds a BS Degree in Business Management.                

Martin Howell, CEM, LEED AP, Associate Energy, Arup 

Martin Howell is an Associate with Arup in Los Angeles and leads their sustainability group. Martin’s experience consists of assessing and applying low energy and environmentally responsible techniques to meet the needs of his clients for new and existing buildings as well as master planning studies. Martin currently works with Los Angeles Community College District as a key member of their energy team providing technical advice ranging from renewable energy, retro-commissioning, central utility plants and utility incentives. He is also working with San Bernardino Community College District, developing their sustainable construction program. Martin has written corporate sustainability standards for a number of clients including Procter & Gamble and has developed low carbon approaches for projects such as the Treasure Island Master Plan in San Francisco and a 184-acre resort in Aqaba. Martin has also lectured on sustainability, LEED and biomimicry at UCLA, SCIARC, ASHRAE and the USGBC Greenbuild National Conference.                            

Matthew Burke, CPSM, Procurement Analyst IV, Procurement Services, UC Riverside

Matthew Burke, CPSM is a Procurement Analyst for University of California, Riverside’s Procurement Services Department. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing. Prior to joining UCR, Matt worked in a variety of positions within the food industry, including Sysco. Matt works closely with Dining Services by assisting with vendor bids, agreements, sourcing, and other special projects.

Matthew Pagano, Manager, Energy and Utilities, Facilities Management, CSU Fullerton 

Matthew Pagano is the Manager of Utility Enterprise and Energy at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Prior to coming to CSUF, Matthew was a Manager of Major Accounts in the Government Education sector for Southern California Edison for 8 years, where Matthew consulted the most politically sensitive customers in energy efficiency, demand response, and distributed generation. Matthew holds a Bachelor Degree in Business from Vanguard University, a Masters of Public Policy Leadership from USC, an MBA from Texas A&M, and is currently attending Fresno State in pursuit of a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.                 

Matthew Spinelli, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Resident, Internal Medicine, UC San Francisco

Matt Spinelli is an internal medicine resident at UCSF and will start his infectious disease fellowship at the UCSF this July. He takes care of predominantly underserved patients at San Francisco General Hospital’s Fine People’s Clinic. Matt’s research interests include the impact of food insecurity on HIV-1 clinical outcomes internationally and domestically in underserved populations. He was a Global Food Initiative Fellow Ambassador this year.

Maximilian Stiefel, PhD Student, UC Carbon Neutrality Fellow; Geography, UC Santa Barbara 

Max is a second year Geography PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying population structure and change under environmental hazard risk. He is interested in both biophysical impacts and perceptual implications of environmental hazards, particularly in developing countries, with a special emphasis on spatial and socioeconomic distributional equity. At UCSB, Max works to advance institutional sustainability as a Graduate Student Representative for the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee and a Carbon Neutrality Fellow in support of a UC Office of the President Initiative. Originally from Salt Lake City, Max graduated from the University of Utah with Honors in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Economics in between studying and working in Brazil, Jordan, South Korea, and Turkey. Max enjoys cooking, trail running, traveling, and the outdoors.   

Meagan Browning, Facilities Management Sustainability Team; Student, Environmental Science, UC Irvine

Meagan Browning is a graduating senior at the University of California, Irvine receiving her Bachelors in Environmental Science with a minor in Global Sustainability. She has been working for the Facilities Management Sustainability Team since April 2015 to augment the campus’ water conservation efforts in wake of the California drought. Additionally, she and her teammates work diligently to drive down the amount of waste going to landfills from campus in an effort to achieve Zero Waste by 2020. She has helped lead the campus in a sustainable direction through the implementation of innovative programs such as composting in student housing and a styrofoam recycling program. Meagan plans to utilize her academic and hands-on experience in the field of sustainability and apply it in the corporate and municipal environments.

Mechelle Best, PhD, Interim Department Chair, Recreation and Tourism Management, CSU Northridge

Dr. Mechelle Best is the Interim Chair of the Recreation & Tourism Management department and a Faculty Associate with the Institute for Sustainability at California State University Northridge. Her work includes research on natural and cultural resources sustainability in tourism, developing and implementing campus sustainability efforts (including energy and water efficiency audits in campus housing), and sustainability curriculum development and instruction. She teaches courses such as Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Planning, Best Practices in Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability. Mechelle earned her PhD in Tourism from the University of Florida, an M.S. from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Natural Resource Management and BS in Hotel Management also from the UWI. She was a Fulbright/Organization of American States Ecology Scholar for 2004-08.

Megan Moscol, Sustainability Programs Manager, Facilities Management, CSU Fullerton 

Megan Moscol is Sustainability Programs Manager at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, CA where she manages the campuswide LEED for Existing Buildings program, faculty-staff research partnerships, stormwater grants and management, and sustainability events. This year California State University, Fullerton will host a Campus as a Living Lab Symposium highlighting research that uses the physical or social environment of campus as a subject and the CA Higher Education Sustainability conference, the largest regional higher ed sustainability conference in the world.  She studied Biological Systems Engineering at UC Davis and worked as a process engineer in a cereal manufacturing plant before joining the green building movement as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consultant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While originally from California, she has lived in New Mexico, Texas, and Lima, Peru teaching and practicing green building.

Michael Clemson, Energy Program Manager

Energy Program Manager Michael Clemson manages CSU’s systemwide energy efficiency programs, providing procurement and data support for campus energy projects. While at CSU Long Beach earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Michael worked at the Chancellor’s Office as the energy program intern. After graduating he returned as a graduate student intern while pursuing his MBA also at CSU Long Beach. Currently, he focuses on managing the systemwide energy efficiency program and implementing the newly adopted sustainability policy.                

Michael V Georgescu, PhD, Director of Research, Research and Development, Ecorithm, Inc. 

Dr. Georgescu is the Director of Research at Ecorithm, Inc. Georgescu completed his PhD under Prof. Mezic with his thesis on the Analysis of Systems in Building using Spectral Koopman Operator Methods. Dr. Georgescu’s background is centered on studying the complex behaviors exhibited in the building environment. Using spectral methods, these complex behaviors can be understood by measuring the oscillatory interactions that occur between various building systems. Georgescu has established the use of spectral methods in various areas of building analysis including design, fault detection, and modeling. At Ecorithm, these methods are utilized for automated analysis of the large datasets which are produced by building sensor networks to characterize and improve building operational efficiency.           

Michael Strong, VP Administrative Services, Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Community College District

Michael Strong is Vice President, Administrative Services at Crafton Hills College, a college of the San Bernardino Community College District. Since 2003, Mike has been part of the management and leadership team implementing the District’s $790M capital construction program, which most recently included a 1.29MW photovoltaic electrical power generation “farm,” a solar water heating system for the 50M pool, a new campus center building, science building, and a public safety building, a new kinesiology building and pool, along with several renovations. He received his degree in construction management and business from Brigham Young University.

Michelle GarciaAssociate Director of Transit, Auxiliary Services Transportation, USC

Michelle began her career at University of Southern California in 2007 as an Operations Performance Manager responsible for audits and process improvement. Michelle’s current responsibilities include overseeing operations for USC Buses, Campus Cruiser, Enforcement, Fuel Station and Maintenance. She also plays a key role in identifying technology improvements for these departments and permit sales. Michelle has a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and over 15 years of management experience within the transportation industry.

Mike Antos, PhD, Watershed Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Mike Antos is a Watershed Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, where he leads efforts to engage members of disadvantaged communities with ongoing and future integrated water management. He was the inaugural Director of the Center for Urban Water Resilience at California State University Northridge, and previously the Programs Director of the non-profit Council for Watershed Health. Mike has led programs related to integrated water management, disadvantaged community engagement, storm water capture for groundwater replenishment, and assessment of watershed health, to name a few.  Mike holds a PhD in Geography from University California, Los Angeles, where he remains a member of the Water Resources Group of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Mike is on the boards of the LA-based nonprofit Coalition for Our Water Future and the Loyola-Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience. He is a Fellow of the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation.

Mike Carey, LEED AP, Sustainability Coordinator, Orange Coast College

Mike Carey began his career at Orange Coast College in 1985 as a Student Assistant with the campus Recycling Program and became the Recycling Coordinator in 1987.  As a current board member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and former California Resource Recovery Association board member, Mike has been at the forefront of environmental issues for several decades.  Mike transitioned into OCC’s first Sustainability Coordinator and became instrumental in getting Campus leadership to embrace The Talloires Declaration and the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.  Mike is also an Architecture instructor teaching Environmental Sustainability courses.  

Mike Reid, UC Global Food Initiative Clinical Fellow; Public Health/Infectious Diseases, UC San Francisco

Mike Reid is a HIV physician and Infectious Disease fellow at University of California, San Francisco. He is interested in pursuing an academic career exploring the clinical and socioeconomic determinants of diabetes mellitus in HIV-infected adults, both in high income countries but also in sub Saharan Africa. Before coming to UCSF, Mike worked on HIV projects in Africa for 5 years, including three years in Botswana. He completed my medical degree at Imperial College, London and has a Masters in Political Sciences from Cambridge University. Currently, Mike is enrolled in the MPH program at University of California, Berkeley.

Mo Lovegreen, Director, Campus Sustainability, Department of Geography, UC Santa Barbara

Mo Lovegreen is the founding director for campus sustainability at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is also the Executive Officer in the Department of Geography where she coordinates with the IT staff on developing components for the Interactive Campus Map (ICM). Mo manages the 10 Sustainability Change Agent Teams/subcommittees and serves as an advisor to the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee and the Academic Senate Working Group on Sustainability. Mo also supervised the design, construction and “greening” of Donald Bren Hall – the first laboratory building in the United States to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating.

Morgan King, Sustainability & Waste Coordinator, Facilities Management, Humboldt State University

Morgan King is the Sustainability & Waste Coordinator for Humboldt State University, where he leads climate action planning efforts, supe rvises the recycling and waste reduction program, advises students, and facilitates the infusion of sustainability in campus operations and academics. Morgan holds a Master of Social Science in Environment and Community from Humboldt State University and a B.A. in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. He has been a certified Building Analyst and Building Envelope Professional and has worked as an energy auditor and trainer, sustainability curriculum developer, and Peace Corps Nepal volunteer.

Namrita MerinoStrategic Customer Solutions, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison

Namrita Merino is a proven, successful Project Manager with 14 years of utility experience, including three years working in the Electric Vehicle (EV) space. Currently leading large, high priority Transportation Electrification installation projects for SCE’s Customer Service Business Customer Division.

Nancy Nieblas, Strategic Sourcing, Associate Procurement Services, UC Santa Cruz 

Nancy became the Strategic Sourcing Associate early 2015, after nearly 15 years in procurement in higher education. As a buyer, Nancy has sourced and contracted for countless products and services for the faculty and staff of UC Santa Cruz. She is experienced in all commodities including professional services, information technology, scientific equipment, vehicles, food and beverage, to name a few. In her current role, Nancy focuses on major campus purchases requiring a complex “request for proposal,” often collaborating with the UC Office of the President and sister UC campuses for the best possible outcome. Twenty percent of Nancy’s job description is dedicated to sustainability. She represents Procurement on campus committees, and seeks ways to incorporate sustainable practices into campus contracts. The efforts of the UCSC Strategic Sourcing department are critical in meeting Procurement’s goals in the Campus Sustainability Plan, and supporting UCSC Dining to meet their Real Food Challenge goals.                

Nancy Yang, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Student Coordinator, Edible Campus Program; Undergraduate Student, Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara 

Nancy Yang is a fourth-year Global Studies major at UCSB. Her interest in sustainable food systems was first piqued by a second-year internship at the Isla Vista Food Cooperative, and she has continued working in food-related initiatives since then. She is passionate about cooking, dancing, and taking an intersectional lens when it comes to environmental issues.

Nathan Torres, Vice President, Cycling Club; Undergraduate Student, Business and Administration, CSU Fullerton

Nathan is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton and is the Vice President of the CSU Fullerton Cycling Club. He has spent the past few years introducing fellow students to the joys of riding bicycles by leading group rides from campus, teaching safety skills to new cyclists, and mentoring the cycling team. Nathan also works as the Transportation Assistant at the Parking & Transportation department. Here he has promoted active commuting and bike culture on campus.

Nathaniel Wilson, AIA, AICP, CEP, LEED AP, Campus Architect, CSU Northridge

Nathaniel Wilson has been working as Campus Architect at California State University Northridge (CSUN) for thirteen years where he has lead many award winning building projects including two LEED Gold projects. Among his current projects is the Associated Students Sustainability Center, a LEED Platinum / Net Zero Energy building. He also an American Planning Association Certified Environmental Planner (CEP), active in local chapters of the AIA Committee on the Environment, a member of the CSUN Campus Core Green team and Institute for Sustainability and he is serving on the CAHESC Steering Committee for a seventh year.

Nelson Chan, Survey Researcher, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Nelson is a Survey Researcher at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, part of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley. He has been at TSRC since 2009 when he was a graduate student researcher. Nelson has been researching the rise of shared mobility services, from traditional travel alternatives such as carpooling and vanpooling, newer carsharing and bikesharing systems, to the recent growth of ridesourcing services such as Uber and Lyft. He is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of these shared mobility services on reducing vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas emissions, and automobile ownership, and how they can improve urban mobility. Nelson completed his M.Eng. degree in Transportation Engineering with minors in City & Regional Planning and Energy & Resources at UC Berkeley in 2011. Prior to coming to Berkeley, he earned his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UCLA in 2009.

Nicholas Salcido, Buyer II, CSU Chancellor’s Office

Nick Salcido is a Buyer II at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, where he also serves as the Buy-Recycled Coordinator. He has been with the Chancellor’s Office for two years. Before that, he was a Purchasing Supervisor for the hospitality group Hakkasan. Nick splits his time outside of the office between working on his MBA at California State University, Long Beach and spending quality time at home with his wife and their four young children.    

Nicole Gaetjens, Sustainability Coordinator, Campus Facilities, Mills College 

As the Mills Sustainability Coordinator, Nicole Gaetjens works to integrate all aspects of sustainability into campus behavior and operations, such as mobile solar units, creek habitat restoration, and bicycle infrastructure. Nicole’s work with students includes supervising interns, advising the student sustainability group, and advising applicants to the student Green for Green Fund. Nicole has experience working for a diversity of organizations, including local government and social impact start-ups. She holds a B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. Nicole is also a member of the Board of Directors for SCRAP, a nonprofit creative reuse center in San Francisco.          

Nicole Wong, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

Nicole Wong studied Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus on Sustainable, Just, Community Food Systems at University of California, Berkeley. She worked closely with the Berkeley Food Institute as an Experiential Learning Fellow to support on-campus gardens through student interviews, advocacy, and communications. As a fellow she also helped coordinate a multi-campus workshop about Experiential Learning in Food and Agriculture and spearheaded the creation of an undergraduate student advisory council to the Berkeley Food Institute. Her past experiences include facilitating an organic gardening course among her peers and organizing Cal Food Day. She hopes to combine her passions for writing and building a more just sustainable food system in the future.

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Executive Officer, Facilities Management, UCLA

UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit is working to foster partnerships among academic and operational departments to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability. In her role as Executive Officer for Facilities Management, Nurit also helps make the university more operationally efficient and resilient. Nurit teaches with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate Program. Her course ‘Principles of Sustainability I’ was included in LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2012 as one of the 10 Best Classes in LA. Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.  She was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson and was recently recognized as one of the top 100 business trailblazers in Women Worth Watching 2015.

Patricia Pendleton, Project Manager, Center for Geographical Studies, CSU Northridge 

Patricia Pendleton has been working in the field of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) since 2007. She received her M.A. in Geography from CSU Northridge in 2012. She has served as a Project Manager for the Center for Geographical Studies at CSU Northridge for 5 years, where she has managed a variety of GIS projects including wetlands mapping, hydrological modeling, transportation mapping and information management, and direct marketing campaigns.                

Patrick Testoni CEM, CMVP, Campus Energy Manager, Physical Plant, UC Santa Cruz 

Patrick Testoni is responsible for campus energy efficiency, greenhouse gas accounting, and energy procurement at UC Santa Cruz. He directs the Statewide Energy Partnership Program for the campus, and provides input on campus planning for sustainability in the area of new construction, energy procurement and renewables. Mr. Testoni has over 15 years of experience in energy efficiency, renewables, energy contracts, building management systems, and metering technology. He holds a BS in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz, is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified M&V Professional, and is a lifetime member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).     

Patti Mitchell, AIA, LEED™ ® AP, University of California, San Francisco, Capital Programs

Patti Mitchell is an Associate Director with Capital Programs (CP) overseeing campus construction projects on the Parnassus and Mt Zion campus sites.  Patti has worked in UCSF’s CP group for over 11 years and has been involved with projects at all phases. In addition to project work, Patti has worked to develop the Capital Programs Sustainability requirements, reviews projects for compliance with the CP and UC Office of the President’s Sustainability Practices Policy and assists design professionals with the standard sustainability documentation for UCSF

Paul Draper, Director of Sustainability, Sonoma State University

Paul Draper is Director of Sustainability and chair of the Sustainability Executive Committee at Sonoma State University. He is Professor of Theatre Arts where he served as department chair from 2005-2012, during which time he spearheaded the campus-wide “Water Works” year of 2011-2012. Previously has been a Vice-President for Advocacy with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and a resident director with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He has taught at the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota. He holds a MFA in Directing from Columbia University (NY) and a BSS from Northwestern University.

Peggy Cabrera, MLIS, Associate Librarian Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose State University 

Peggy Cabrera has served San Jose State University students as a librarian serving as a liaison to many departments including the Environmental Studies and Humanities departments.  One of her goals is to help students understand the impact of their choices in our natural and built environments so they can make informed decisions as students and global citizens.                 

Rachel Harvey, PhD, Sustainability Program Manager, Student Housing, UC Irvine 

Rachel Harvey, PhD is the Sustainability Program Manager for Student Housing at University of California, Irvine. She provides leadership in the development of educational efforts to increase awareness, influence decision-making, and inspire residents and staff to incorporate sustainable practices into daily habits. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Florida. Her graduate research concerned community-based, cultural heritage tourism and urban development, including fieldwork in Cape Town, South Africa. Before coming to UCI, she taught anthropology in the University of Hawaii system, and she ran the Plastic Free Hawai‘i program of the Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation. Bringing an appreciation of place, culture, and social issues, Rachel has several years of experience in non-profit outreach, event coordination, volunteer management, and sustainability consulting. This work includes legislative campaigns, environmental education curriculum planning, public and private partnership relations, and workforce development.                

Ramon Zavala, Supervisor, Sustainable Transportation, Transportation and Distribution Services, UC Irvine 

Ramon Zavala leads University of California, Irvine’s Sustainable Transportation Program and also serves as one of the campus’ bike coordinators. He also serves on the board of directors for the Orange County Bicycle Coalition, is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, and stubbornly refuses to get a driver’s license in an effort to show that living car-lite is a real option.      

Ramses Madou, Associate Director, Planning, Development, and Customer Systems, Parking & Transportation Services, Stanford University

Ramses Madou is currently Stanford University Parking & Transportation Service’s Associate Director of Planning, Development and Customer Systems. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University and a Masters in Political Science from San Francisco State University. He is interested how analysis and technology can inform programs which aim to change the economy of mode choices for commuters. Before embarking on his career in planning he was a High School teacher. He worked as high school Math, English and Computer Arts teacher at Job Corps on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, and an English teacher in Kyoto, Japan.   

Rashmi Sahai, Assessments Program Manager, Office of Sustainability 

Rashmi Sahai currently manages the sustainability assessments program at Stanford University. She leads the tracking and reporting of Stanford’s sustainability metrics, and heads Stanford’s Green Labs and Sustainable IT programs. Prior to her role at Stanford, Rashmi served as the Sustainability Specialist at the University of California (UC) Office of the President, where she supported implementation of the UC Sustainable Practices Policy across the ten UC campuses. Rashmi received her M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and her B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA.    

Raymond Hernandez, MPH, RRT, NPS, Dean, Science, Math, Technology, Skyline College

In 1996, Raymond Hernandez became a faculty member of the Respiratory Care Program and in 2011 became Dean for Science, Math, and Technology at Skyline College. For over 20 years, He has been able to bring academic and community resources together and provide effective leadership to educate diverse student populations. His role has been key in providing administrative support to sustainability efforts across the college and throughout the district. He has helped to establish a Climate Corp Professional certificate and supports sustainability collaboration efforts between academia, industry, and community based organizations.

Rebecca Neal, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Graduate Student, Public Health, UC Irvine

Rebecca is a first year Masters in Public Health Graduate Student, with a concentration in Sociocultural Diversity and Health. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Nutrition in 2013 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is interested in working with obese communities, with an emphasis on prevention by targeting childhood obesity. After finishing her degree, she hopes to work in the school environment and empower students to live healthier lives.

Richard Dewey, Associate Engineer, Building Automation, UC Santa Barbara

Richard Dewey worked as an HVAC mechanic for 6 years and has worked in building automation controls for 9 years. He began working on MBCx projects at UC Santa Barbara as a contractor and later as an Associate Engineer in UCSB’s Energy Services Group.

Richard Young, Director of Education, Workforce Education and Training, PG&E Food Service Technology Center 

Richard is a senior engineer and the Director of Education at the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), a publicly funded research facility that studies and promotes energy and water efficiency in commercial food service. Trained as an electrical engineer, Richard started his career in alternative energy, changing from energy-generation to energy-efficiency when he joined the FSTC research team twenty seven years ago. Richard developed several of the Center’s standard test methods before expanding into green building design as project manager for The Energy Efficient McDonald’s (TEEM). He is a contributor to the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, working with the USGBC to incorporate food service into the LEED criteria. Richard is an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College and he is a member of the College’s Regional Culinary Arts Advisory Board. Richard also sits on the Advisory Council to the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Education Program. 

Riley Smith, MA Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator, Student Life, Saint Mary’s College

Riley Smith earned his Masters in Sustainability in 2010 from the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His focus has been on the implementation of sustainability projects and programs at the local level, specifically within local governments and K-12/higher education. Before his work in sustainability, Riley was a high school Biology teacher for 3 years as well as a digital marketing manager within the private sector for 3 years. On his off days, Riley enjoys backpacking, home brewing or spending time with his family.             

Robert Holland, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Economics; Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Robert Holland is a fourth year Economics Major and Black Studies Minor at UCSB. When he is  not in school or working on the carbon neutrality initiative, Robert is usually either at his job as the co-student manager of a campus store, or singing with his Cappella group. As a student engagement intern for the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, Robert has enjoyed the opportunity to excite students around the UC’s ambitious goal. Robert’s post-graduation plans are not set in stone, but hopes to continue advocating for sustainability wherever he goes. 

Robert Silsbee, Planning & Resource Director, The Office of the Vice Chancellor, Administrative Services, UC Santa Barbara 

Robert Silsbee is the Administrative Services Division Resource and Planning Director at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). Silsbee helped guide the Division through a decade of operating budget reductions, during which time the Division’s state general funds were cut by more than one-third. He also analyzes the financial feasibility of major capital projects for the Division. Silsbee served as interim Director of the Transportation & Parking Services department within the Division from 2011 to 2014. He is an ex officio member of three Chancellor’s advisory committees: the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Housing, Parking Ratepayers Board, and Transportation Alternatives Board, and he serves on the campus Information Technology Council. Silsbee graduated from UCSB in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental studies and in 1989 with a master’s degree in economics. Silsbee began working at UCSB in 2000, after 20 years of employment as an environmental and economic consultant in Santa Barbara.     

Robert Pomeroy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego. Skip received his BA degree from UC San Diego in Chemistry, an MS in Analytical Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona, and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Arizona. Following his post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and stints at Eastman Kodak, the US Naval Academy, and Nova Southeastern University, he returned to UC San Diego in 2007.           

Ron Hostick, CSFM, CGM, Manager Landscape and Site Services Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ron is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Horticulture program and has many years’ experience working in the landscape industry. He started with golf course management, followed by residential and commercial landscape design and maintenance plus several years in the retail and wholesale nursery business, at SDSU he became involved in sports field management. Understanding how to manage irrigation for optimum plant performance is a passion. Weather based control systems can now replace plant water loss at the same rate as the plants use water providing efficiencies never before attainable. Ron’s other passion is attractive climate appropriate landscapes. A renaissance of sorts is happening, a move to species able to provide attractive landscapes without copious amounts of irrigation. We don’t need less landscape to save water it has to be thoughtful in design and managed expectations.

Ronnie D. Lipschutz, PhD, Professor & Chair of Politics; Provost of College 8, UC Santa Cruz

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Provost of College Eight at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he has been a faculty member  since 1990. Lipschutz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. Since 2006, he has been an active participant in a UCSC interdivisional collaboration around sustainability.  As Provost of College Eight, he supervises an interdisciplinary minor in Sustainability Studies designed to train and prepare students for the green economy and society of the future.  Among his many books are Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice(Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004) and Global Environmental Governance—Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World (Routledge, 2009; co-edited with Gabriela Kütting).

Roy F Duvall, President, Food Riders of OCC; undergraduate student, construction engineering management, Orange Coast College 

Roy Duvall is an Undergraduate Student at Orange Coast College studying Construction Engineering Management. He is the the 2015-16 president of the Food Riders of OCC, the 2014-16 vice-president of OCC BikeWays (an alternative-transportation student group at OCC), a permanent member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a 2014-16 peer-advisor and member of the OCC Student Veterans Group. I was the 2013-14 Technology Student of the Year at Orange Coast College, and was awarded the 2014-15 Joseph R. Kroll Student Leader Award, the top student leadership award at OCC. As a Food Rider of OCC, I have participated in over 100 perishable food rescue rides, requiring over 750 miles of bicycling, and am the publisher of the Food Riders Handbook, a how-to manual for food rescue operations.    

Ruben E. Canedo, Food Access & Security Committee Co-Chair, University of California System

Ruben E. Canedo, currently serves as the Research & Mobilization Coordinator in the Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence (CE3). His portfolio includes higher education data creation & analysis, technology, and facilitating institutional and system wide equity efforts. Since Summer 2014, Ruben serves the dual roles of UC Berkeley Food Security Chair and as the Food Access & Security Co-Chair for the UC System Global Food Initiative. Lastly, Ruben is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and an Ambassador for the Global Access to Post Secondary Education Network.

Ryan ToddLEED GA, Sustainability Manager, CSU Sacramento

Ryan is the Sustainability Manager for California State University, Sacramento and the campus Sustainability Committee Chair. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology from California State University, Sacramento and is a LEED Green Associate. Prior to arriving at CSU Sacramento Ryan worked for Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Organization, focusing on Sustainable practices in the hospital setting. Ryan is also a nature photographer at the Kennedy Gallery in Sacramento CA.             

Samantha Lubow, Environmental Initiatives Coordinator, Cal Dining, UC Berkeley

Samantha Lubow is the Environment Initiatives Coordinator for Cal Dining at UC Berkeley. In her role, she manages sustainable food procurement and zero waste for four dining halls, four dining retail locations, and seven campus restaurants, with the goal of serving food at the intersection of delicious, nutritious, and sustainable. In addition to focusing on plant- forward cooking, Samantha works in Cal Dining to prioritize using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely- treated, and environmentally and socially responsible. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community and regional development from the University of California, Davis.

Sanda Delgado, Assessor, Sustainable Office Program; Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry, CSU Northridge

Sanda Delgado is a Biochemistry major at the California State University, Northridge. Upon graduating she plans on applying to a master’s program, or Veterinary school after enlisting in the Army. She just recently joined the Recycling/Sustainability department at CSUN, but has always lived a progressively sustainable lifestyle. She and her mom enjoy re-using various food and beverage containers, spaghetti sauce jars, protein powder containers, and other various items. Sanda’s goal within the Sustainable Office Program is to educate all departments and offices on campus on why sustainability is important and how easy it is to be sustainable.

Sara Johnson, Director, U-ACRE; Professor, Anthropology, CSU Fullerton 

Sara Johnson is professor of anthropology and principal investigator and director of the U-ACRE Project at Cal State Fullerton. She has extensive experience in enhancing undergraduate educational effectiveness through roles on campus and in regional and national activities. She is actively involved in research, as well as in building innovative undergraduate programs. Her  current work focuses on understanding food security, food choice, and nutrition in relationship to cultural, ecological, and economic conditions. Her work in these areas has been supported by grants from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Orange County Community Foundation, among others. Johnson has innovated the incorporation of service-learning in partnership with community organizations into the curriculum at all levels and instructional modalities. Johnson is a founding board member of the Orange County Food Access Coalition.                               

Sarah Gilchrist, Energy Analyst, Physical Plant, UC Santa Cruz 

Sarah Gilchrist works at University of California, Santa Cruz as an Energy Analyst for the Physical Plant. She works with the Campus Energy Manager on both energy efficiency projects and utility management, with the goal of helping campus track, reduce, and manage energy and water consumption. As a recent graduate of UCSC, she enjoys working with the highly motivated undergrad students at UCSC. She has worked on a variety of project including lighting retrofits and control upgrades, building commissioning, and metering infrastructure upgrades.                

Savannah Gardner, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science; Political Science, UC Los Angeles

Savannah Gardner is a second-year at University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement. As a Global Food Initiative Fellow, she works to end food security and the stigma surrounding it via food recovery programs and open conversations. She compliments her GFI work with engagement in student groups such as Swipe Out Hunger and Bruin Shelter, the second student-run homeless shelter in the nation opening in Fall 2016. Savannah sees policy in her future after college, but currently works to ensure that the undergraduate voice is heard on UCLA’s campus.

Scott Shackleton, Assistant Dean, Capital Projects & Facilities, College of Engineering, Dean’s Office, UC Berkeley 

Scott E. Shackleton started his career with the U.C Berkeley campus in 1987 as a Campus Engineer.  In 1992 he joined the College of Engineering (COE) as the Superintendent of Physical Plant in charge of the Richmond Field Station (aka: Berkeley Global Campus).  In 2001 he accepted a promotion within the College and became the Assistant Dean of Facilities and Capital Projects.  During his tenure as Assistant Dean he has completed a number of high profile projects including the Hearst Memorial Mining Building Historic Renovation, the College of Engineering Facilities Master Plan, the Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Headquarters Building), the Historic Renovation of Blum Hall, Calvin Lab Renovation (Simons Institute) and most recently he has completed Jacobs Hall.  Scott is also a Captain in the Navy Reserve (28 years) where he is currently assigned to the Office of Naval Research based out of Arlington, Virginia. 

W. Sean Chamberlin, PhD, Professor, Earth Sciences, Fullerton College

Professor Sean teaches Oceanography, Meteorology, and Marine biology, and mentors students in sustainability research on algae biofuels, marine debris, water conservation, and aquaponics. He co-wrote Exploring the World Ocean, an introductory oceanography textbook for non-majors, and produced more than 200 oceanography-related video lectures for YouTube. When not teaching, he travels throughout California in search of the perfect nature photo, or stays at home tending his herd of six cats.

Shaina K Forsman, Waste Reduction Coordinator, Dining Services, UC Davis

Shaina Forsman, from Marin County, California, graduated with a degree in International Relations with an emphasis in Environmental Health from UC Davis. She is passionate about zero waste and has worked as Waste Reduction Coordinator for Dining Services for the past two years. She was inspired to pass The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Davis after hearing about it at a workshop during CHESC 2015. Shaina is so excited to have passed TGIF at UC Davis during winter elections, and cannot wait to see what the university accomplishes with it. Shaina loves exercising in any form, doing yoga, dancing, running, or swimming, and is looking forward to traveling in Peru!

Sharleen O’Brien, PsyD, Director of Health & Wellness, UC Santa Barbara

Sharleen O’Brien, PsyD is the Director of the Health & Wellness department at UC Santa Barbara where she oversees wellness programs to promote healthy & balanced living for student well-being.  The department promotes wellness through programs designed to foster healthy habits for individuals, and to create an environment that supports well-being within the campus community.  Sharleen is also a licensed clinical psychologist whose work includes focus on sleep, depression, & healthy relationships. Her previous positions include: Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Training at Antioch University, Clinical Director at New Beginnings Counseling Center, and Project Manager at Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Services.  Dr. O’Brien is deeply committed to living and promoting well-being.  She grew up in Petaluma, CA and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she focused on integration of eastern and western perspectives.                        

Sho Kawano, Project Manager, WattTime TGIF Project; Undergraduate Student, Statistics, UC Berkeley

Sho is an University of California, Berkeley Student studying Statistics with an applied focus in Electric Power Systems. Committed to fighting climate change, he has made it his life’s goal to help accelerate the deployment of clean-energy solutions. He enjoys working with the campus community to realize projects that both enable building staff to better manage energy use and add WattTime technology to reduce emissions. He is excited by the potential for demand-side solutions to aid renewable integration and increase consumer choice in the energy sector. This summer he is working at SunPower to help develop highly efficient utility- scale solar power plants in North, Central, and South America.

Stephanie Yee, Student Representative,  National Steering Committee, Real Food Challenge 

Stephanie is a student at California State University, Monterey Bay pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies.  As a San Francisco native and the  daughter of foodies, she grew up appreciating the different ethnic cuisines and celebrating food. She dived in head first with RFC by starting a calculator account on her campus and working other Cal State students and RFC to form the Real Food for CSUs campaign.  Real Food for CSUs is a campaign for the system of CA state universities to sign a real food commitment.  She is really excited to take on the role as a student representative for RFC on a national scale.  When she is not working on campaigns, you can find Stephanie cooking in the kitchen with her housemates or hanging out at the farmers market.                

Stephen Miller, Deputy Director, Higher Education, Strategic Energy Innovations 

At Strategic Energy Innovations, Stephen serves as Deputy Director with a focus on leading municipal and community partnership programs. As the Program Director for Climate Corps Bay Area, Stephen holds a secondary role as adjunct faculty at Skyline College in San Bruno, to oversee the Climate Protection Professional Certificate that aligns with Climate Corps. Stephen leads SEI’s municipal programs in clean energy and sustainable development. From 2005 – 2013, Stephen led the SEI team effort to implement the PowerSave Campus program. Stephen joined SEI with a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and an undergraduate business degree from Penn State University. Prior to SEI, Stephen worked to implement U.S. Department of Energy programs out of the Mid- Atlantic Regional Office. In 2004, Stephen was one of 30 Philadelphia-area associates selected to complete the Environmental Leadership Program’s pilot regional training series for emerging environmental leaders.     

Steven D. Allison, Climate Action Champion, Associate Professor of Ecology, 
Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Earth System Science, University 
of California, Irvine.
Dr. Allison holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and is an Early 
Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. As part of the University of 
California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, Dr. Allison was named the 2016 Climate Action 
Champion at UC Irvine. Funding from this program supports the Climate Action Training 
Program for graduate students, an interdisciplinary pilot program focused on skills 
development for students pursuing careers in climate sustainability. Dr. Allison teaches 
introductory ecology and ecosystem ecology at the undergraduate level, and his research 
focuses on ecosystem responses to climate change. Specific projects address the 
resilience of microbial communities to drought and the effect of rapid climate change on 
carbon losses from southern California ecosystems. Dr. Allison is also building new 
mathematical models that incorporate feedbacks among microbial communities, carbon 
cycling, and climate change.


Steven Castro, Undergraduate Student, Film Studies

Steven Castro is a Film Studies major in the College of Letters and Science. He achieved an Associate of Arts degree in digital video. He has five years of professional experience with filmmakers in the Bay Area including working with artists from Pixar and documentarians from ITVS. Steven has a wide range of technical experience, such as camera operator for the Mill Valley Film Festival, video editor for The UC Theatre’s public outreach, and sound recordist for The Corridor (a documentary on restorative justice in SF County jails). He consistently pursues film projects that promote a more equitable and sustainable world and approaches making films with a keen detail to narrative storytelling and emotional impact.

Steven Clarke, P.E., Director, Newcomb Anderson McCormick

Steven Clarke is a director at Newcomb Anderson McCormick, an energy engineering and management consulting firm devoted exclusively to solving energy and sustainability issues for its clients.  He oversees the Southern California Operations of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, and heads the firm’s efforts to provide technical project support for the institutional and public sector clients in Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas territory; including work on Prop 39 funded energy efficiency projects.  Mr. Clarke also leads his team in providing owners representative services for clients that are considering installation of PV and energy storage systems, by offering unbiased, engineering-based feasibility studies and evaluation of vendor proposals.  He holds a BSME from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA and is a registered Mechanical Engineer in the state of California. 

Steve Kelley, Senior Vice President,  Green Charge Networks 

Steve is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Green Charge Networks. Steve brings more than 25 years of domain experience, specializing in the renewable energy and high-tech sectors. Prior to Green Charge Networks, Steve spent six years in the solar industry in leadership roles for SoCore Energy, DRI Energy, and SunPower. Steve’s prior sales management experience includes management positions at Solectron, Oracle, Visa, and IBM. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.      

Sue Carter, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Sue Carter earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a postdoctoral fellow and IBM Almaden Research Center as a visiting researcher before joining the faculty  at UC Santa Cruz in 1995, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.  Her research focuses on thin film optoelectronic devices and technologies for sustainability.  She is currently the the UCSC Faculty Climate Action Champion and the Director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) at UCSC, for which she recently received an Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives. She serves on both the UCOP Applied Research Working Group for the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and on the UCOP Group for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative. She is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has also been the Chair of the APS Group for Energy Research.  She has also been actively involved with entrepreneurship, launching three start-up companies ranging from photovoltaic technologies to K-12 science education.           

Suzanna M. Martinez, MS, PhD, Assistant Researcher, Nutrition Policy Institute, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California

Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Researcher at the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, where she conducts research on food insecurity, child nutrition, sleep and obesity. Recently, she has been focusing on examining the prevalence of and risk factor for food insecurity among UC students and has been involved in providing the UC Office of the President with recommendations to reduce food insecurity on UC campuses. She has dedicated her career to conducting research that makes an impact on reducing chronic disease in underserved communities. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition education from Columbia University and PhD in Public Health from UC San Diego.

Talitha McAdams, Admission Ambassador, College of Environmental Design; Student, Sustainable Environmental Design, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Talitha McAdams is Sustainable Environmental Design Major in the College of Environmental Design. She approaches sustainable agriculture and food systems from an urban planning perspective and is interested in integrating food systems into our cities as a way to address both food security and environmental concerns such as loss of green space and watershed maintenance and management. Talitha gained experience as both a director and videographer last year through a TGIF funded ‘Video as Marketing for Waste Diversion’ (VaMWD) internship. Through the internship, Talitha received training in all aspects of film production, served as a production assistant for the “Smart Bears Sort” PSA, and co wrote and directed VaMWD’s Recyclemania PSA.

Tamsin Foucrier, Program Coordinator, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University 

Tamsin is a current PhD student with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability. She is also the Program Coordinator for the School of Sustainability’s new initiative, ProMod, a one-of-a-kind program that allows students to work closely with faculty and fellow students by engaging in projects that apply their learning to real-world situations. In this program, students work in teams, engage with stakeholders and apply their learning in real-world situations while satisfying their general study requirements throughout their college career. As a PhD student, Tamsin focuses on strategies and pathways in university settings for building professional skill acquisition in “future” sustainability change agents through solution-oriented learning.                                 

Tara Benesch, UC Global Food Initiative Fellow; Graduate Student, Public Health, UC Berkeley

Tara Benesch is a medical student and athlete who believes that healthy, equitable and sustainable policies regarding food are a crucial part of creating a healthy, equitable and sustainable world. She is excited to apply the lessons she’s learned from food and agriculture to her future career as a doctor, and hopes to continue to foster interdisciplinary collaborations dedicated to improving the health of humans and the earth we live on. In the meantime, she plans to keep eating clean and training hard to break world records in kettlebell sport!

Ted M. Tiffany, LEED AP, CEPE, Environmental Studies & Planning, Sonoma State University; Associate Principal,  Engineering, Guttmann & Blaevoet Engineers

Ted is the leader of Guttmann & Blaevoet’s building performance modeling group.  He has 15 years of experience with extensive knowledge with various energy analysis software packages predicting energy use and developing energy conservation strategies.  A specialist in his field, Ted has provided energy analysis for a wide range of occupancies such as office, retail, industrial, hospital, laboratory, and industrial facilities.  He has been part-time lecturer at Sonoma State University teaching “Computer aided applications in Energy Management & Design.”  With a diverse background in construction, project management, energy efficiency applications, and sustainability, Ted understands key success factors to integrated building design.  Ted is currently an advisor to the Investor Owned Utilities Compliance Improvement Advisory Group (CIAG), and a member of the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG).

Teresa Buika, Senior Transportation Planner, UC Santa Cruz

Teresa Buika has been a Senior Transportation Planner with UC Santa Cruz for the past 19 years and is currently the Co-Chair of the UCOP Sustainable Transportation Working Group.  She also manages the system-wide car sharing contract. She has worked on a variety of transportation plans and studies from bicycle and pedestrian studies, bus rapid transit, electric vehicles and other transportation demand management programs. Teresa has her BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Teresa Gamber, Sustainability Ambassador, Office of Sustainability, California State University East Bay

Teresa Gamber is a Senior at California State University East Bay (CSUEB) majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Resource Management. Ms. Gamber works as a Sustainability Ambassador for CSUEB’s Office of Sustainability and the Science Content Specialist for Hayward Promise Neighborhood. In January, 2016, her commitment to action, creating a sustainability baseline for CSUEB, was accepted by Clinton Global Initiative University. In March, 2016, she presented at the This Way To Sustainability Conference in Chico, California. She was also awarded CSUEB’s Sustainability Prize, which included an all expense paid trip to the 16th Annual National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment on the Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Washington DC.

Thomas Wong, Transportation Program Analyst, Stanford University

Thomas has an M.S. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley and serves as an analyst to provide data-driven insights to Stanford’s transportation team. His interests include surveys, modeling, and data visualizations and has worked on MTC’s 511 transit program, the California bay area’s metropolitan planning organization. He was born in Oakland and is also a self-proclaimed corgi enthusiast.

Tony Lucas, M.A. Ed, Senior Director of University Transportation and Parking Services, Sacramento State

Tony Lucas is Senior Director of University Transportation and Parking Services at Sacramento State. In this role he is responsible for the planning, development, and management of Sacramento State’s Parking and Transportation systems. His duties include managing 13,500 parking spaces for 35,000 students, faculty and staff as well as managing the parking enforcement and alternative transportation systems for one of California’s largest public universities.Prior to arriving at Sacramento State, Tony was the Deputy Executive Learning Officer and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Navy’s Office of Executive Learning from May 2002 to May 2007. While serving this role, he planned and implemented a continuum of courses designed to develop the business acumen of the Navy’s most senior Admirals and Senior Executive Service civilians. Tony developed and managed the Information and Administrative organizations and coordinated the Academic program for the Department of the Navy’s Executive Learning Program. Tony served as Director in several positions at CSU Monterey Bay from May 1994 to May 2002. While serving as CSU Monterey Bay’s first IT Manager, he planned, implemented and managed CSU Monterey Bay’s initial network and information systems environments enabling the university to realize it’s distinction as the CSU’s Technological Flagship. Tony was also responsible for planning and implementing the California State University’s first fully functional, cross-divisional “One-Stop-Shop” service organization. This organization merged service points from all service departments within the Administrative Division and the Student Affairs Division forming a single customer service point for Students, Faculty and staff.

Tracy Marcial, PE, Energy Manager, Facilities Planning, Contra Costa Community College District

Tracy Marcial is the Energy Manager for CCCC where she is responsible for managing and reducing the consumption of electricity, natural gas, water and waste. She has worked in the HVAC and energy efficiency industry for 20 years. She was previously an Associate at Taylor Engineering where she designed and commissioned high quality and low-energy buildings for commercial, institutional, and high-end residential clients. While there she performed mechanical and control system design, construction administration, energy modeling, building envelope analysis, life-cycle analysis, commissioning, benchmarking, performance verification, and Title 24 and LEED documentation and analysis. In her current role, Ms. Marcial combines practical field experience, excellent engineering fundamentals, and a focus on minimizing energy usage while maintaining comfort. Tracy Marcial holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MS degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.

Tyler D. Watson, MPH, PhD Student, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Tyler Watson is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health where he studies food environments, food security, local food systems, and food recovery. He is a Global Food Initiative Fellow working on farmers market gleaning and food recovery programs at UCLA, and he currently coordinates the UCLA Food Security Working Group. He also works with the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative and has helped promote active transportation and stairwell use at UCLA and surrounding communities. Tyler received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and his MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA.

Tyson EckerleDeputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Tyson Eckerle serves as the Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go Biz). In this role, he focuses on coordinating resources to streamline the development of hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicle stations. Prior to joining Go Biz, Tyson served as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now (EIN), where he and his team developed the Hydrogen Network Investment Plan with input from multiple stakeholders. Tyson holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Wayne King, Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator; Environmental Specialist, City of Los Angeles

Wayne King serves as the Los Angeles Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator and is employed by the City of Los Angeles. As the California Regional Coordinator Council representative, he provides a conduit between the California Regional Clean Cities Coordinators and Clean Cities staff at the national level. In December 2014, the Coalition received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy for being the Coalition with the most grants and matching funds in the Country. His major job duties focus on mobile source air pollution reduction programs. He has managed air quality related grants, programs, tracked legislation, and he has direct ties with the City’s fleet managers. Past projects have included the region’s first major on-road vehicle retrofit project in which he worked closely with CARB and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Willem van der Pol, Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities Management, CSU Fullerton

Willem van der Pol is the Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations and Management at California State University, Fullerton.  He oversees almost 5 million square feet of facilities located on 235 acres. His responsibilities include the planning, design and construction, maintenance and operation of the campus and he leads a staff of almost 250 employees with a total operating budget of $25 million. Willem has been in this position since 2015, prior to that he was the Director of Facilities Operations since 1999 . Going back to 1986, he began his career at Cal State Fullerton as a Coordinator in the Work Control Center.  All together Willem has been in facilities management for 36 years.  Willem earned his BSEE in The Hague, The Netherlands and he is a graduate of the APPA Facilities Management Leadership Institute. Currently Willem van der Pol is the Chair of the state-wide Directors for Facilities Operations Group. Mr. Van der Pol has been responsible for overseeing and directing numerous energy conservation efforts ultimately culminating in a 60% reduction of the campus energy use per square foot.  Other accomplishments include a total of 5.4 MW of cogeneration and photo-voltaic installations and building a healthier and safer environment due to the use of better products, equipment and applying less chemicals.  Because of all these investments the campus is financially better off as the cost of operation is reduced.  It is the intent of Mr. Van der Pol to continue to build a resilient organization and physical plant, creating a better environment for all participants in the higher learning endeavor and providing optimal services in a warming climate, while generating a smaller carbon footprint.

William Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP, Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

William (Billy) Riggs is a professor at Cal Poly, and a consultant at Sustinere Consulting. He focuses on parking, transportation, active travel, housing, economics, and technology. He has over 50 publications in these areas, and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets—including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic. Prior to his academic career he worked as a professional practitioner for over 15 years. This included serving as the Principal Planner and Parking and Transportation Program Manager for UC Berkeley; a project planner for the consulting firm Arup in which he worked on the master planning of 5,000+ acres on former military land in Concord, CA and completed the certification of two of the pilot LEED Neighborhood Design projects; a planner for the US Coast Guard conducting award-winning physical design and mobility planning for Coast Guard bases domestically and abroad. He holds his PhD from UC Berkeley’ s College of Environmental Design, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a University of California, Transportation Center Fellow. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is LEED certified by the US Green Building Council (LEED AP). He currently sits on the City of San Luis Obispo, Planning Commission.

William Watson, Procurement Services Sustainability Intern; Climate and Energy Analyst Intern, Procurement Services, UC, Santa Cruz 

William Watson is a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability Studies. William Watson also holds two internships, the Climate and Energy Analyst in the Sustainability Office and the Provost’s Sustainability Intern for UCSC Procurement Services.          

Valerie Vergara, CPSM, Life Science Category Manager, Procurement Services , UC Office of the President

Valerie Vergara, CPSM, is a Life Science Category Manager for the University of California’s Office of the President, a system-wide oversight office for the University’s 10 campuses and five medical centers. Prior to the UC, she negotiated/ consolidated scientific contracts and e-procurement systems for Novartis-Sandoz, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, and Novartis Vaccines. Valerie holds a BS in Genetics from UC Davis; in her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and two grown sons.

Zara Fahim, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Energy Engineer, Energy, Arup 

Zara is an integral member of Arup’s Energy Engineering group. She joined the Los Angeles office as a Mechanical Engineer after receiving her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing her degree, Zara worked as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her research focused on studying the energy performance of a campus building and reducing building operating costs by recommending operation and maintenance measures. Zara worked consistently with Arup’s Energy group as well until she transferred formally to the group. She has been involved in many retro-commissioning and energy audit projects as well as feasibility studies for cogeneration plants and solar projects.      

Zia Salim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geography, California State University, Fullerton

Zia Salim received his PhD in Geography from the joint doctoral program between UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State University in 2014. His teaching emphasizes sustainability: at CSUF, his students conducted a building-scale audit of waste management and recycling trends as part of the Campus as a Living Lab model. At SDSU, he led the participation of urban geography courses in the Sage Project, an interdisciplinary campus-community collaboration based on the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Project. His research has examined topics in social sustainability, including urban parks, affordable housing, nonprofits, and homelessness.