UC Santa Barbara

June 26th-29th, 2017

2017 Speakers

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

Professor Carina Anttila-Suarez joined Skyline College as a full-time faculty member in January 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. 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.


Nathan Basurto, Drafting Instructor, Computer Science; Sustainable Technologies and Engineering, Butte College

Nathan Basurto serves as the Energize Colleges Fellow at Butte College, coordinating student sustainability and energy learning and work experiences. Basurto simultaneously acts as Associate Faculty at the College, instructing courses in drafting and CAD since 2012. As a Northern California native, raised on a small farm in Healdsburg, CA, Nathan enjoys helping others see our human connection to the environment and planet. Nathan received his AS in CAD and 3D Modeling from Butte College and is completing his BS in Business Information Systems from CSU Chico.


Jessica Bilecki, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Elon University
Jessica began working at Elon in January of 2013. She is responsible for developing and implementing programs to increase the practice of sustainable behaviors and enhance awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Towson University in MD, Ms. Bilecki began working at Antioch College’s Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center and helped found and operate a small CSA farm. She continued teaching and farming at Olney Friends School until she attended Ohio University (OU) to complete her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. While at OU, Ms. Bilecki was a graduate assistant in the Office of Sustainability, and in the summer of 2012 held a joint fellowship with the Center for Environment and Population and the Yale Office of Sustainability where she helped manage Yale’s Office of Sustainability website and headed efforts to edit and market their sustainability pledge. Ms. Bilecki also served for a number of years as a board member for the Kossoye Development Project, which works in partnership with the University of Gondor to increase nutrition through the promotion of household gardening in Ethiopia.


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

John Bock is professor of anthropology at CSUF, 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 campus liaison for the CSU System-wide  Sustainability Minor inititative. 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 is co-PI on the USDA NIFA supported U-ACRE Project, as well as on an NSF Coupled/Natural Human Systems program grant focused on climate change, water quality, and disease in northern Botswana.


Hilary Ego, Utility and Sustainability Specialist, Facilities Planning, Maintenance, and 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 and program coordination of District Sustainability initiatives while engaging students through various media channels, class lectures, and campus as a living lab activities.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Master of Science in Water Resources Management from 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.


John Foran, PhD, Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

John Foran is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also involved with the programs in Latin American and Iberian Studies, Global and International Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Bren School. He was visiting professor of sociology and Latin American Studies at Smith College from 2000 to 2002, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, from 2009 to 2010. As he states in his syllabi, “I consider teaching a revolutionary act… Learning and teaching are complex, endlessly fascinating collaborations. I learn enormous amounts from the students in my classes, whom I consider colleagues and companions on an intellectual, potentially life-changing journey.” His innovative case study teaching has received various awards, and along with other UCSB faculty and students he has developed a website devoted to this.


Karina Garbesi, PhD, Director, Environmental Studies Program, CSU East Bay

Professor Karina Garbesi is the director of the Environmental Studies Program at Cal State East Bay. Garbesi holds a Master’s (1988) and PhD (1993) in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. She has worked for over 25 years in the field of energy and sustainability.


Sea Gill, Sustainability Coordinator, Stanford

Sea Gill is a Sustainability Coordinator in Stanford’s R&DE department. She has a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a B.A. from U.C. Merced. While at U.C. Merced Sea led development of their zero waste practices, including move out in Student Housing, and conducted waste audits. Sea has also served as a sustainability consultant, leading teams of students to analyze and solve sustainability problems for various clients.


Nina Haft, Associate Professor, Theater & Dance, CSU East Bay

Nina Haft has been making dances in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984. She began her formal training in dance at American Ballet Theater School and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 2000, she formed Nina Haft & Company with the premiere of The Making of Americans, an evening-length interdisciplinary dance piece inspired by the life and writings of Gertrude Stein. She has been honored as a recipient of the City of Oakland Creative Artist Choreographer’s Fellowship, and has served as Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council, the City of Oakland Artists in the Libraries program, and at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, where she was awarded the John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship. Professor Haft was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Dance by the United States Department of Education for 2001-03.


Grace Lihn, Undergraduate Student, Cooperatives & the Politics of Food, Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

Grace Lihn is in her fourth year at UC Berkeley studying Food Politics and Cooperative Enterprise. She serves as the Experiential Learning Fellow for the Berkeley Food Institute and the University of California Global Food Initiative, and is passionate about creating democratic, inclusive and cooperative learning spaces. She previously volunteered as the Communications Director of the Berkeley Student Food Collective, where she led the Board and worked to create a more equitable and inclusive storefront and community space. Grace has also previously worked with the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), guided wanderlust freshmen in the Global Environment Theme House, facilitated gardening classes for the Student Organic Gardening Association, and trained as a middle school educator with Breakthrough Collaborative – Oakland. She currently facilitates the Cooperatives DeCal course at UC Berkeley and hopes to one day teach courses on cooperatives in a university business school.


Colleen McCormick, Director, Sustainability, UC Merced

Colleen McCormick became the first Director of Sustainability at University of California, Merced in December 2014. In this role, she works toward fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and development of short and long range goals; and engaging campus leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units.   Colleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2000 and a Master of Public Health degree at IUPUI in 2010.  She previously worked as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at IUPUI for over three years.  Prior to that, Colleen worked in the IUPUI Office of Environmental Health and Safety for more than six years and at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. conducting public health informatics research.


Janika McFeeley, Sustainability Specialist

Janika McFeely is the Sustainability Specialist at the UC Office of the President. She is the resident expert in green building, climate action, and student engagement, supporting UC campuses in achieving their sustainability goals in each of those areas. Prior to joining UCOP, Janika was an Associate and Sustainability Specialist at EHDD. Janika has a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a BFA in Fine Art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


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

At Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), Stephen’s primary focus is on workforce development and higher education sustainability initiatives, including serving as the Director of SEI’s statewide Energize Colleges and Climate Corps Programs. Before SEI, Stephen worked to implement US Department of Energy programs out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, in support of energy-sustainable communities and the market adoption of solar energy across a seven-state region. Before this role, Stephen directed market research for a new ventures division of Exelon (PECO Energy), after conducting similar work for a quantitative market research supplier that included public opinion polling for ABC News and The Washington Post. Stephen holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and an undergraduate degree in business from The Pennsylvania State University.


John Onderdonk, Director of Sustainability Programs, Cal Tech

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 advised on the installation of 3MW of fuel cell and 1.3MW of photovoltaic capacity. He has supervised the execution of a $15M energy efficiency fund and serves as the lead sustainability advisor for 9 capital projects totaling approximately $300M in construction costs. John is also responsible for AB 32 compliance. Prior to joining Caltech, John practiced environmental risk management and worked as an environmental consultant. John holds a Masters in Corporate Environmental Management from the Bren School at the UCSB and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. John was recognized as the 2013 CHESC Sustainability Officer of the Year.


Kristin Parineh, Manager of Sustainability and Utility Programs, Stanford

Kristin has been with Stanford University’s Residential and Dining Enterprises as the Manager of Sustainability and Utilties Programs for 5 years. R&DE encompasses about 1/3 of the campus: 57 acres of landscape, 350 buildings and 13,000 residents. Kristin collaborates with students and staff to foster sustainable behavior change, reduce energy and water consumption and waste production, and to integrate long-term sustainable thinking into how R&DE operates. A few of Kristin’s current projects include interior and exterior zero waste programming, renovation projetcs that reduce utilities usage, and system wide adoption of green cleaning. Kristin previously served as the Sustainability Planner for the City of Palo Alto, and also has work experience at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, C.A. Environmental Protection Agency, and Natural Resources Defense Council. She has a BS in Environmental Design from U.C. Davis and a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.


David Phillips, Associate Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, UCOP

In the newly created position of Associate Vice President for Energy and Sustainability, David Phillips provides strategic leadership for energy and sustainability initiatives across the University of California. Among other goals, multidisciplinary teams are currently developing plans and actions to reach systemwide carbon neutrality by 2025. This initiative is being implemented as part of UC’s broader energy procurement and sustainability efforts in consultation with the University’s Global Climate Leadership Council, Energy Governing Board and the sustainability community. David was formerly Director of Utilities at UC Davis, where he managed their city-scale water, waste and energy systems. Developing practical solutions to cost-effectively accomplish sustainability goals has been a career focus. While at Davis, David developed one of the country’s largest on-site solar power plants, oversaw an on-site waste treatment system to reduce campus landfill disposal by 25 percent and led the regulatory approval process for several wastewater recycling projects.


Alden Phinney, Recent Graduate, Business Management Economics and Sustainability Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Alden is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz in Business Management Economics and Sustainability. His thesis work evaluated investor responses to and management takeaways from Internal Carbon Pricing schemes at corporations around the world. As a UC Carbon Neutrality Communications Fellow, Alden wrote a proposal for an Internal Carbon Fee and revolving loan fund for resource efficiency projects at UCSC. Alden organizes with Fossil Free UC, a student and stakeholder campaign to divest the university from fossil fuels, and is interested in reallocating capital to revolutionize the energy sector. He has developed a pig composting program at a historic movie theatre, and researched energy markets for a demand response start-up. Alden may be launching a clean tech company to provide bundled leasing of energy efficiency, solar PV, and electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities in the LA area. He enjoys modern permutations of Shakespeare, gin cocktails, and a good protest.


Brian Pompeii, PhD, Lecturer, Social Science Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Brian Pompeii is a geography lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Opsible. His research interests include water, hazards, and sustainability. He current research project investigates the changing access to water during the Great California Drought for the state’s most vulnerable populations.


Casandra Rauser, PhD, Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Dr. Rauser is the Director of UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. She has extensive experience strategically developing and funding major research and training programs across campus, and formerly worked abroad building partnerships among private companies, local and national government and the community to create a public-private nature preserve in the tropics. In her current position, Dr. Rauser is working to advance a campus-led Grand Challenge project at UCLA to transform Los Angeles into the first fully sustainable megacity in the areas of energy, water, and ecosystem health. She is using her demonstrated ability to build relationships and forge collaborations among diverse groups to identify challenges specific to the LA region, and implement solutions with the goal of creating a more equitable and livable world.


Matt St Clair, Director of Sustainability, UCOP

Matthew St.Clair is the first Director of Sustainability for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004. Matt St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, a non-profit organization implementing energy conservation and sustainability education programs in California. Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol. Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Sandy Stannard, Professor, Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Sandy Stannard is an architect and a Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly. Her teaching revolves around issues of ecological sensitivity; she teaches advanced design studios, building technology coursework, and advises master’s theses. Professor Stannard was the recipient of a 2015 Cal Poly Distinguished Teaching Award. She was one of the faculty advisors for Cal Poly’s 2015 Solar Decathlon entry which received third place overall in this U.S. DOE/NREL sponsored international design/build competition. Professor Stannard was a recipient of a USGBC “Green Innovation” honorable mention award for her work on an “outdoor classroom” for a local elementary school, a project intended to enhance environmental learning in an outdoor setting. As an architect, she has practiced in the Bay Area and in the Pacific Northwest, including a consultancy at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. Professor Stannard studied architecture at UC Berkeley (B. Arch) and University of Washington (M. Arch).


Mark Stemen, PhD, Professor, Geography and Planning, CSU Chico
Mark is a professor of Geography and Planning at CSU, Chico, where he teaches environmental courses in sustainability and civic engagement. Known to his students as ‘Dr. Mark,’ he is recognized on the campus for his inspiring work with students and the community on issues of sustainability. Mark has served on the Board since 2010, and has been board president since 2011.  He led the effort to hire the new executive director, and he is currently working on the Humboldt Community Garden project.  Mark is also Chair of the City of Chico’s Sustainability Task Force.


Fariborz M Tehrani, PhD, PE, ENV SP, PMP, SAP, Associate Professor, Civil and Geomatics Engineering, CSU Fresno

Dr. Fariborz M. Tehrani is an Associate Professor, Professional Civil Engineer, Sustainability Professional, and Project Management Professional with academic and professional background in structural, geotechnical, and transportation engineering and management. Fariborz Tehrani has authored and co-authored three books, as well as thirty-five technical articles and research reports. His research and practice experiences focus on resilient-sustainable infrastructures and include structural analysis and design, earthquake resistant design, building materials and construction, road and bridge design, and project management. His research on sliding seismic isolation resulted in a patented methodology, Sliding Foundation System with Safety Margin. He has contributed to the engineering design of more than fifty structures and infrastructures, management and planning of $150 million projects, and development of several research proposals and projects. He is also mentoring in EWB student chapters on multiple projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Dr. Tehrani received the ASCE Region 9 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2015.


Thomas Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara

Thomas is a fourth year at UCSB studying Economics and Global Studies. He became interested in food recovery after learning about the amount of food insecurity on campus and the local community. As a student intern at the Sustainability Program for the 2017-2018 school year, he works with the Sustainability Coordinator to develop the pilot and manage the pilot program.


Evelyn Young Spath, Executive Assistant to the President, CSU Office of the President, CSU Bakersfield

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. 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.