UC Santa Barbara

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

2018 Speakers

Tom Abram, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Assistant Director, Campus Sustainability, Facilities Services, San Diego State University

Tom Abram is Assistant Director of Facilities Services at San Diego State University, responsible for Campus Sustainability and Energy. At SDSU, Tom focuses on strategic planning to develop and advance sustainability initiatives, including climate action, energy, water, and waste. Tom was the primary author of SDSU’s Climate Action Plan. Tom’s previous experience includes mechanical design for deep green and net zero buildings at Integral Group and Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Illinois – where he co-authored their Climate Action Plan. Tom holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University and a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Energy Manager.

Hussain Agah, MSCE, PMP, CCM, LEED AP BD+C, Director, Facilities Planning & Construction, San Bernardino Community College District

Hussain Agah is a leadership professional with 17 years of experience in program management, planning development, design and construction management, facilities management and project certification. Hussain has worked in multiple high-scale and well-established programs as a construction manager and owner’s authorized representative overseeing multiple projects worth millions of dollars of K-12 and Higher Education projects. Hussain started as a senior Campus Manager at San Bernardino CCD and managed substantial projects under measure M construction bond program for three years then moved with the District directly leading the Facilities Planning and Construction Department. Hussain is a certified project management professional (PMP), certified construction manager (CCM) and accredited professional in leadership energy and environmental design (LEED AP), and holds master degree in civil engineering specialized in construction management from CSU Long Beach. Hussain is an active member in CMAA SoCal chapter, owner’s committee and DBIA West Pacific chapter, owner’s committee. Hussain has actively involved into presenting at community college facility coalition CCFC, construction management association of America (CMAA) and Green Schools & Community Colleges Summit.

Fahmida Ahmed, Director,Sustainability and Business Services, Stanford University

Fahmida Ahmed directs Stanford University’s Sustainability and SEM Business Services initiatives and the campus program Sustainable Stanford ( She supports the department’s long-term energy infrastructure planning; designs, implements, and directs assessment and outreach for sustainability programs; oversees business systems and analytics initiatives; chairs the university Sustainability Working Group and co-chairs Provost’s Committee on Sustainability; and steers academic integration to aid program implementation. Chair of the Board of Directors for Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in 2015 and 2016, and a regular instructor in sustainability courses and presenter for national conferences, Fahmida received a 2012 Sustainability Champion Award by the California Higher Education Sustainability Consortium for her leadership in the sustainability arena.

Ricardo Alcaino, Director and Affirmative Action Officer, Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention Office, UC Santa Barbara

Ricardo serves as the Director for the Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention Office at the University of California Santa Barbara, and oversees the Campus non-discrimination programs and policies including, the campus Affirmative Action Plan, protected discrimination education & investigation programs, and assists the campus with cultural climate diversity programming. Previously Ricardo served as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Employment Practices at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB).  Prior to CSUMB, Ricardo directed the City of Santa Cruz equal opportunity compliance, outreach, diversity, and training programs. He came to that position from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he began his career as a discrimination investigator & compliance educator. Ricardo received a Master of Public Administration; Public Policy focus with Pi Alpha Alpha honors from the University of Southern California, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; Industrial/Organizational emphasis, from California State University Fullerton.

Fletcher Alexander, Sustainability Programs Manager, Sustainability, CSU Chico

Fletcher Alexander is a Co-Founder and the Associate Director of the Resilient Cities Initiative at California State University, Chico. His work with the RCI is focused on partnership development, program management and facilitation of interdisciplinary applied-research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics (2010) and a professional science master’s degree in Environmental Science (2017) from CSU, Chico.

Jennifer D Alford, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geography; Environmental Studies; Co-Chair, Resilient CSUSB Sustainability Taskforce, CSU San Bernardino

Dr. Alford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUSB. She has over a decade of diverse experiences that span working with stakeholders to develop community based education and research programs. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Alford was the Environmental Education Coordinator for the UNC Greensboro Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling and the Director for Community Conservation for the New Hanover County (NC) Soil and Water Conservation District. Dr. Alford served as a board member for the NC Wildlife Federation and the Yadkin RiverKeeper Alliance where she worked with stakeholders to identify human-environmental conflicts that were resolved through policy and funding initiatives. Dr. Alford’s teaching and research interests focus on the geospatial interplay between human activities and environmental systems. She currently supports the Resilient CSUSB Plan as the Co-Chair for the Task Force and as a faculty advisor for internship research projects.

Alena Andrews, Climate Change Researcher, Honors Program; Undergraduate, Anthropology and Geography, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Alena Andrews is a second year Anthropology and Geography major with a pending concentration in Environmental Studies. Born and raised in the bountiful Bay Area outside San Francisco, she grew up experiencing much of the natural beauty of the California coast. Her passion surrounding the mitigation of climate change and the advocacy of sustainability peaked in high school, following courses in Human Geography and Environmental Science. Many of her interests revolve around humans’ relationship with the environment, and she aims to foster awareness around these issues in the hopes of empowering individuals to pursue sustainable lives. Her goal as a citizen of this earth and a part of this community is to create meaningful change through global awareness and local advocacy. In her free time, you can find her with a pen in her hand and sketchbook in her lap, most likely with the ocean as her landscape.

Carina Anttila-Suarez, PhD, Professor, Science, Math and Technology, Skyline College

Carina Anttila-Suarez is a tenured professor of Environmental Science and Field Biology at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Carina received her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of the Pacific, Master’s at Sonoma State University and PhD at University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu). She is the faculty lead for Skyline College’s and a faculty member supporting the Climate Corps. She is the former Dean of Science Math and Engineering at Evergreen Valley College, she has served as a tenured faculty member at San Jose City College for eight years and now enjoys leading Skyline College sustainability efforts.

Kasey Rios Asberry*, Sustainability Director, UC Hastings College of the Law

Logan Babcock, Climate Change Researcher, Honors Program; Undergraduate, Environmental Management and Protection, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Logan Babcock is a current sophomore and Environmental Management and Protection Major at Cal Poly. Born and raised in the beautiful surroundings of Redding California, her interest in the environment started at a young age, rooted in time spent in the Trinity Alps, Lassen National Park, and the coastal redwood forests. Logan’s curiosities centered around wildlife, primarily trees, birds, and small mammals, but has now expanded to encompass the broad but incredibly necessary topics of climate change and sustainability. Logan is looking into many careers, and originally was driven towards environmental law. However, much of my college experience has opened her eyes to the lack of sustainable initiative from the people around her. Education and data on the realities of climate change and necessary sustainability is direly needed, and she finds herself being drawn to that focus increasingly more each day.

Renee Bahl, Associate Vice Chancellor, Design, Facilities, and Safety Services, UC Santa Barbara

As Associate Vice Chancellor, Ms. Bahl oversees the design, construction, operation, maintenance and renewal of a safe and healthy physical campus environment to support the University’s instructional, research, and public service mission. Her purview includes utility and energy services which recommends methods and systems to reduce energy use as the campus works toward the Office of the President’s carbon neutrality initiative. Renée is also co-chair of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee. Prior to her tenure with University of California, Santa Barbara, she was the Assistant County Executive Officer of Santa Barbara County and previous to that the Arizona State Parks Director.

Roger Bales, PhD, Distinguished Professor, School of Engineering, UC Merced

Dr. Roger Bales is Distinguished Professor of Engineering and a founding faculty member at UC Merced, and has been active in water- and climate-related research for over 30 years. Currently, his work focuses on California’s efforts to build the knowledge base and implement policies that adapt our water supplies, critical ecosystems and economy to the impacts of climate warming. He works with leaders in state agencies, elected officials, federal land managers, water leaders, non-governmental organizations, and other key decision makers on developing climate solutions for California.

Jessica Barlow, PhD, Director, Center for Regional Sustainability, San Diego State University

Jessica Barlow is a professor and director of the Center for Regional Sustainability (CRS) at San Diego State University. She teaches and conducts research on language acquisition and bilingualism and is actively involved with sustainability efforts on her campus, including serving on the university’s climate action planning council and senate sustainability committee. Within CRS, Barlow oversees the Sage Project, a replication of the Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) framework. Barlow also has led sustainability-focused study abroad programs for students and curricular workshops for faculty.

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

Coleen Halloran Barsley has been with CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) for over three years working in Facilities Services to help the campus operate in the most sustainable manner, and to help students gain awareness and develop sustainable living habits. Coleen has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College. She has worked in construction and operation of power plants across to country, most recently with Southern California Edison (SCE). She also worked as a Customer Service Field Engineer for SCE where she helped utility customers operate in a more efficient manner, and sometimes helping them receive incentives for upgrading their equipment. Coleen lives in Camarillo where CSUCI is a growing part of the city’s personality.

Evan Baumann*, Social Service Program Outreach Specialist, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Jonathan Beebout, Research and Development Engineer, Grounds Services, Physical Plant, UC Santa Cruz

Jonathan Beebout is a UCSC graduate with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. Jonathan’s work with UCSC focuses on leveraging technology to support sustainability and waste removal operations on campus. He began working on projects for the University during his senior year. These projects have included the design manufacture and deployment of sensor networks on the University of California at Santa Cruz campus. He now works at UCSC, as a Research and Development Engineer, furthering these technologies for campus operations.

Isabella Beltran, LEED Green Associate, Student Ambassador, UC Global Food Initiative, Sustainability; Recent Graduate, Environmental Engineering, UC Merced

Isabella Beltran is an Environmental Engineering major at UC Merced, graduating May 2018. Throughout her student career, Isabella has developed and founded campus wide projects including the Ingenieras Sin Barreras Initiative as part of the Ingenieros Unidos organization at UC Merced. Also, UC Merced’s Campus Community Garden and the Bobcat Eats Program. When she is not working or studying, Isabella loves to be outdoors exploring and play soccer. She hopes to continue her passion with sustainable practices in urban planning and design for communities around the world.

Bonny Bentzin*, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainability, UC Los Angeles

Mark Biedlingmaier, Global Food Initiative Fellow of Community Gardens, Healthy Campus Initiative; Sustainability Analyst, Facilities Management; Undergraduate Student, Geography, Environmental Studies

Throughout his two years at UCLA, Mark managed his campus’ community gardens and interned with facilities management through his work on zero-waste initiatives across campus. Academically speaking, he spent most of his senior year exploring teaching opportunities which include hosting a 10 week guest lecture series on careers in sustainability, developing curriculum as a TA for the Public Health Department, and instructing his own seminar on sustainable living. Mark has since recently graduated from UCLA with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies and is pursuing work within the field of environmental sustainability.

Jessica Bilecki*, Sustainability Director, University of the Pacific

Mickael Blancho, Production Manager, UCen Dining, UC Santa Barbara

Mickael Gerard Blancho, was born in 1979 in Saint Renan–a little village in Brittany in France. He graduated from culinary school in 1998 from a 2 year apprenticeship at le cabestan. He move to Santa Barbara in early 2000 where he met his wife, Heather. He has been a chef for over 20 years working all over the united states, working on healthy and sustainable cuisine. Mickael is the current the production manager in the UCen Dining and UCSB. When he is not cooking, he goes on climbing trips with his family. Aside from cooking and climbing, he is very invested in food photography and you can follow his journey @ucsbsoupguy on Instagram.

Mike Bove, PE, Managing Principal, San Francisco Office, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Michael Bove, PE, is a Principal in Affiliated Engineers’ San Francisco office, specializing in science and technology projects and energy infrastructure projects. Mike is currently serving as Principal/PM for the study, analysis and design for implementation of the Genentech K6 program to remove halogenated hydrocarbons materials from site processes. He also managed the design of Stanford University’s Energy Systems Innovations project, implementing a campus heat recovery, low temperature heating water conversion in support of Stanford’s Climate Action Plan. Mike has also managed projects involving utility system conversions to non-GHG contributing refrigerant systems, as well as academic research projects with high sustainable goals. Mike has been a presenter at Tradelines and APPA.

Glen Brandenburg*, Director of Facilities and Sustainability, Associated Students, San Diego State University

David Braun, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

D. Braun received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. From 1992 to 1996, he worked for Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on semiconducting polymers for display applications. He joined California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1996 and is now a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He holds nine U.S. patents. He served on the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee from 2008 to 2017 and chaired the committee for two years. See for more information.

James M Brill, MA, Residence Manager, Charles T Munger Physics Residence, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara

James M Brill is the Residence Manager for the Charles T Munger Physics Residence. He has been a UCSB employee for almost three years. Prior to working for UCSB, he worked for Santa Barbara based developer called The Towbes Group. His background is in all aspects for property management, from starting new communities to updating established sites.

Jillian Buckholz, Sustainability Director, Office 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.

Amy Burns, MBA, Green Building Coordinator, Energy Conservation Office, Facilities Management, UC Davis MBA, Green Building Coordinator, Energy Conservation Office, Facilities Management, UC Davis

Amy Burns is the UC Davis Green Building Coordinator. She is a retired Air Force Officer and graduated with a B.S. in Human Resources from Bellevue University in 2002 & Masters of Business Administration in Human Resources from TUI University in 2008. Amy is dedicated to providing college students with opportunities to become leaders and experts in green building operations and sustainability. Through student-staff collaboration, Amy helps the campus think outside of the box to tackle sustainability issues with minimal cost.

Keiko Cadby, Assistant Director, Fleet & Transit, Transportation, UC Los Angeles

Keiko Cadby is a Sustainability Strategist. Over the last decade, she has worked with Fortune 100 companies on economic trending, specializing in Oil & Gas industry market and B2B procurement research. As the Assistant Director, she now drives UCLA Fleet & Transit’s responsible, forward-thinking financial planning, and transformative customer service. Keiko’s forte is steering business decisions optimized for fiscal sustainability, while focusing on environmental health. Specifically, she reinvents carbon emissions reduction practices, while streamlining business processes via a data-driven approach. In 2017 alone, Keiko cut more than 65 metric tonnes of carbon emissions from strategic purchasing, and supported 1.2 million campus circulatory rides. Keiko is an accomplished undergraduate Neuroscience and graduate Geophysics research fellow, is PADI Advanced NITROX Certified, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Juan E Campo, PhD, Professor, Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Juan E. Campo is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the History of Religions in the Religious Studies Department of UC Santa Barbara. He holds and MA and PhD in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. He has published on various facets of Islam, including the Encyclopedia of Islam (Facts on File, 2009) and articles on the culinary cultures of the Middle East. Together with his wife Magda Campo, he has taught a course on this subject for 15 years. His research has taken him to many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

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 USGBC / GBCI TRUE Advisory Council member and a former Board Member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and the California Resource Recovery Association. 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 and is a volunteer Board Member for the Costa Mesa Foundation and Chair of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Citizens Advisory Committee.

Sue Carter*, Professor, Physics, UC Santa Cruz

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

Deirdre Carter, PE is the Energy and Sustainability Manager and is part of the Sustainable Berkeley Lab team working to minimize the Lab’s greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact. She is broadly responsible for understanding, analyzing, and reducing Berkeley Lab’s electricity, natural gas, and water consumption by implementing efficiency technologies and optimizing building system operations. She also tracks and reports Berkeley Lab’s progress towards achieving Federal and UC sustainability goals. Deirdre previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Taylor Engineering, an Energy Analyst at DPR Construction, and an Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti. She earned her M.S. from Stanford University and B.S.E. from Duke University, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer.

Abraham Cazares, Community Education Specialist, Student Farm, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Abraham Cazares is a the staff coordinator for the Community Table Project at the Student Farm. He is a recent UC Davis graduate, with a degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Originally from Oxnard, CA, he came to Northern California to learn more about methods of lessening the negative impacts of agricultural systems on the environments and communities that support them. He worked at the UC Davis Student Farm as a student employee for 2 years, and upon graduating, transitioned into a farm crew position at Say Hay Farms, a 20 acre diversified organic crop and egg production.

Geoff Chase, PhD, Provost, Office of the Provost, CSU Channel Islands

Dr. Geoffrey Chase joined CSU Channel Islands as Provost in March 2017. Previously, he was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University until 2016 and most recently was Vice President of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Dr. Chase received his BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University and holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio), and an AM in English from Boston College. He earned his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At San Diego State University, Dr. Chase was integral in establishing the Weber University Honors College and the Center for Regional Sustainability. Dr. Chase lectures widely on sustainability in higher education and he offers workshops on institutional change, leadership and sustainability.

Iris Evelyn Chen, Healthy Campus Network Coordinator, UC Global Food Initiative; Recent Graduate, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

As an Environmental Studies Undergraduate receiving my Bachelor of Arts this June I have participated in many different kinds of environmental internships. With the Cheadle Center of Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration I was able to spend time in the field and in the lab on their largest restoration project to date. With CCBER I also gained experience in marketing and journalism. I then transitioned into working in the Sustainability department first for student food security policy processing food insecurity data and finding policy side solutions. Then I transitioned into being the Healthy Campus Network student Coordinator where I watched the success of 6 subcommittees impart change on the health of students, faculty and staff. I have always volunteered for my local food bank during summers and winters to be of service to those in need.

Jenny Y Chiu, Zero Waste research Associate, SERC, UC Berkeley

Jenny Chiu is a rising third year majoring in environmental sciences with an intended minor in toxicology. During her freshman year, Jenny was a part of the education committee in the Residential Sustainability Program, working on programming and outreach for the campus Zero Waste by 2020 goal. In Spring 2017, she became an intern in the Zero Waste Research Center, developing innovative ways to divert plastics from the landfill, and officially became part of SERC staff as the Zero Waste Research Associate starting Fall 2017. She is currently at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the Zero Waste Sustainability Intern. In her free time, she enjoys chasing lizards and baking banana bread.

Julie Chobdee, MPH, Wellness Program Manager, Wellness Program, UC Riverside

Julie Chobdee currently serves as the UC Riverside Wellness Program Coordinator responsible for the overall administration and oversight of the UCR Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. In addition, she serves as the co-chair of UCR’s Healthy Campus Initiative. On a systemwide level, Julie serves on the leadership team for the Healthy Campus Network, an initiative supported by President Napolitano, to make “UC the healthiest place to learn, work, and live”. Julie also serves as the UC Center of Excellence for Smoke/Tobacco-Free policy and has co-chaired the UC system-wide Faculty and Staff Wellness Workgroup for 9 years. Julie has over 20 years of experience in the Worksite Wellness/Health Promotion industry. Prior to UCR, she worked for 11 years as the Wellness Program Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. 

Jon Christensen, Adjunct Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, History; Center for Digital Humanities, UC Los Angeles

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB. He is editor of LENS Magazine, and an advising producer for KCET/LinkTV’s “Earth Focus” programming, produced in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, a National Design Award-winning interactive design and technology firm specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications.

Matt St. Clair, Director of Sustainability, UC Office of the President

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. Mr. 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.

Michael (Mike) Clemson*, Energy Program Manager, California State University Chancellor’s Office

David Cleveland, PhD, Research Professor, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

David Cleveland’s research has been on small-scale, sustainable agrifood systems, including human population dynamics, plant breeding and conservation of crop genetic diversity, local and scientific knowledge, and collaboration between farmers and scientists. He has worked with small-scale farmers in West Africa, Mexico, Pakistan, California, and Indian country (Hopi and Zuni). He is currently researching the potential for food system localization and diet change to improve health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote food and climate justice, in Santa Barbara County, in California, and globally. His latest book is Balancing on a Planet: The future of food and agriculture.

Jessica Contreras, User Experience Designer, Energy Conservation Office, Facilities Management, UC Davis

Jessica is the UX Designer designer behind projects including Campus Energy Education Dashboard, TherMOOstat, and Trim the Waste. She works to make data-driven tools to engage the UC Davis community in energy education. Jessica holds a BS in Graphic Design from Sac State.

Larry Cook, FMP, SFP, Director, Facilities of Maintenance & Operation, Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Community College District

Larry Cook, Crafton Hills College Director of Facilities, has been working for the San Bernardino Community College District since 2010. As a lifelong resident of Southern California and having construction and HVAC experience of over 30 years. It is this experience that placed him in a leader ship role during the execution of over $160 million of renovation and new construction projects on the SBCCD Crafton Hills College campus. During the construction process he led the effort to ensure that sustainable operational aspects were incorporated into every project. During the construction/renovation process (2009 – 2017), he initiated reviews of all campus facilities operations with the goal of bringing them into alignment with sustainable practices and to enhance their efficiencies. Now that the major renovation of the CHC campus has been completed, the campus has the opportunity to experience the many benefits of having a sustainable orientated campus.

Sidney Corkery, Real Food Challenge Coordinator, Associated Students, CSU Chico

Sidney Corkery is the Real Food Challenge Coordinator at Chico State University. Her job is to track the percentage of real food purchased on campus, as well as make recommendations for improvement to the Chico State’s dining coordinator. She is also an active member of the Real Food for CSU Core team, a team of California State University students aimed at combining efforts to make system wide changes and policies to help further the mission of the Real Food Challenge.

Sara-Katherine Coxon, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University

Sara-Katherine is the Sustainability Coordinator with the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University. Her focus is on campus sustainability outreach and engagement, including managing training programs, liaising with student groups and departments, and supporting Stanford’s programs encouraging sustainable behavior change.

Marlene Cramer, CAPP, Associate Director, Transportation & Parking Services, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Marlene Cramer, CAPP is the Associate Director, University Transportation and Parking Services at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Marlene is currently the President of the California Public Parking Association (CPPA) the largest state/regional parking association in the country representing thousands of parking professionals throughout the state. She is also a member of the International Parking Institute (IPI) Education Development Committee and a regular contributor to IPI’s “Parking Professional” magazine. Marlene has been a speaker at numerous parking conferences throughout the country speaking on topics related to parking program management and alternative transportation best practices. Marlene was awarded Parking Professional of the Year in 2008 by CPPA. Marlene holds a Business Degree in Management and Human Resources Management from Columbia College.

David Crandall, Executive Director, Associated Students, CSU Northridge

David Crandall is the Executive Director of the Associated Students (AS) at CSUN. Prior to coming to CSUN, Crandall worked at USC, Cal State Long Beach and the University of Iowa. He attended college and graduate school in Ohio. The AS is a student-run non-profit corporation serving as a student government and service provider for CSUN students. The AS advocates for and directly offers many sustainable programs and services on campus. The AS student leadership committed to the Sustainability Center; saved up the money, and paid for the design and construction and operation of the Center without incurring debt. The AS also offers campus recycling and transportation and educational programs around sustainability. Crandall is the senior staff employee of this organization that has a $9 million budget and 200+ employees.

Mackenzie Crigger, MBA, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Chapman University; Lecturer, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

Ms. Mackenzie Crigger is the Energy and Sustainability Manager at Chapman University and a lecturer in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. She holds a BA from Transylvania University, an MBA from Duquesne University, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Chapman University. Her work focuses on energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and education and engagement. Her research areas of interest are climate induced migration, adaptation and resilience, and educating for sustainability leadership.

Kristina Cullen, MBA, Sustainability Analyst, Sustainability, Facilities Management, CSU Sacramento

Kristina Cullen currently serves as the Sustainability Analyst for California State University, Sacramento. She has more than 5 years’ professional work experience in environmental sustainability focusing on resource conservation, and more than 13 years’ experience in marketing, outreach, and communications. She has an MBA with a concentration in Sustainability, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing and a professional certificate in Energy Innovations from Stanford University. Kristina’s role within the Sac State Sustainability team is to aid in the development and implementation of waste, water, energy and emissions reduction strategies for the campus. Kristina leads efforts in the department’s metrics tracking and reporting; grant resource development; government relations; community engagement liaison; and marketing and outreach.

Abdallah Daboussi, Planning & Policy Analyst, Transportation Services, UC Los Angeles

Abdallah Daboussi is a double Bruin who completed both his bachelor’s degree and master’s at UCLA. He completed his graduate studies in public policy with a focus on transportation policies and planning, and currently works at UCLA’s Transportation department. His roles include transit planning, project management, exploring the potential of micro-transit, and of course regulating and taking advantage of the potential benefits of ride-hailing on and around campus. He has a keen interest and passion for promoting sustainable and societally efficient transportation that compliments the surrounding environment as opposed to deteriorating it.

Michael Dalrymple, Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Mick Dalrymple and the University Sustainability Practices team help the Arizona State University community reach its very ambitious institutional sustainability goals. He is a seasoned leader, communicator, and educator in multiple fields (sustainability, film, advertising, IT, public policy, and higher education). Most recently, he created and led projects locally and internationally through the ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and Energize Phoenix, including work in Albania, Guatemala and the U.S. related to circular economy, green schools, sustainable neighborhoods, renewable energy and Living BuildingsTM. He connects stakeholders and technical experts to get things done, together and successfully.

Sharon Daraphonhdeth, Director, Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), UC Berkeley

Sharon is the Director, of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at the University of California, Berkeley. She oversees 15+ programs and services working to effect meaningful change on campus, including the Zero Waste Research Center, The Green Initiative Fund, and environmental justice/political advocacy initiatives. Prior to UC Berkeley, Sharon worked as the Sustainability Strategist for San Francisco State University, where she implemented a food vendor sustainability grade program, and a zero waste bin monitoring system for the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Sharon holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, a certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from UC Berkeley Extension, and is a certified Zero Waste Community Associate.

Gabie Darlak*, Organizer, Education for Sustainable Living Program; Undergraduate Student, Community Studies; Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Sage Davis, Building Engineer, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara

A Santa Barbara native with a long history of environmental proactivity. Worked for the Community Environmental Council during their initial development of the Santa Barbara City curbside recycling program. Studied Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis where he was a Regents Scholar. Has diverse background in Energy, Automotive Safety, Equipment Design & Manufacturing, Building Systems Management and Project & Construction Management. Co-coordinator of the Green Car Show component of the Santa Barbara Earth Day festival for the last 13 years. Recipient of the 2017 UCSB Staff Excellence Award in Sustainability. Currently the Building Engineer of Bren Hall and the Micro- Environmental Imaging and Analysis Facility (MEIAF) Manager for Bren Professor Patricia Holden.

Andrew deCoriolis, Director of Engagement, Leadership Circle, Farm Forward

Andrew deCoriolis is a the Director of Programs for Farm Forward where he advocates for safe, healthy, and humane animal farming. Andrew is an expert in animal welfare standards and certifications. He works closely with companies, universities and cities to help them improve the welfare of their food supply chain. Andrew was responsible for creating and launching the Leadership Circle, a program aimed at helping institutions source more humane food and, an authoritative guide for consumers and institutions who are interested in buying higher-welfare poultry and plant-based products. Andrew’s work at Farm Forward and has engaged hundreds of thousands of consumers and has been covered in leading periodicals including, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Public Radio, and Market Watch.

Amin Delagah, Senior Engineer, Commercial Food Service Division, Food Service Technology Center, Frontier Energy

Amin Delagah is a senior engineer at Frontier Energy which operates the Food Service Technology Center, an unbiased research facility operated by that focuses specifically on commercial foodservice applications. He has been at the center for ten years and focuses most of his efforts on water and energy efficiency projects, hot water systems and dishroom field research and technical outreach. Amin has been a leading advocate for the development and promotion of high-efficiency water heaters, optimized distribution systems and efficient commercial dishwashers. His latest work involves quantifying the water and energy footprint of various pre-rinse operations in hotels and various cafeterias. On the policy side, he is working towards making the case for the replacement of water thirsty dipper wells by demonstrating alternative utensil holding practices and equipment for all types of foodservice facilities.

Richard Demerjian, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environmental Planning and Sustainability, UC Irvine

Richard Demerjian is the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environmental Planning and Sustainability at UCI. In this role he oversees campuswide sustainability programs, environmental planning programs, and physical and community planning for UC Irvine.

Naresh Devarajan, PhD, Associate Specialist, UCSB ERI, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara

Naresh Devarajan earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was appointed as Associate Specialist for Holden Laboratory, UCSB in April, 2016. In this position, his research focuses on the occurrences of pathogen-containing fecal material in freshwaters that discharge into coastal oceans, and the origins of fecal contamination in coastal urban settings. In collaboration with Facilities Management and Procurement Services, UCSB he is currently working on a study entitled “Efficacy of Microbial-Based Cleaning Products in Restrooms in the University of California Santa Barbara”. In past his research focuses mainly on epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistance genes in effluents released from urban settings in Congo DR, India and Switzerland.

Satinder K. Dhiman, PhD, EdD, Associated Dean, School of Business; MBA Director and Chairperson; Professor of Management, Woodbury University

Satinder Dhiman, PhD, EdD, serves as Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA Program and Professor of Management at Woodbury University’s School of Business. He has completed advanced Executive Leadership programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. Author, co-author, and co-editor of 17 books, his most recent books include Holistic Leadership: A New Paradigm for Today’s Leaders (Palgrave, 2017) and Gandhi and Leadership: New Horizons in Exemplary Leadership (Palgrave, 2015). His recent co-edited works (with Dr. Joan Marques) include: Spirituality and Sustainability (Springer, 2016) and Leadership Today (Springer, 2016). He is the editor-in-chief of a forthcoming Handbook of Engaged Sustainability (Springer-2018) and Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment (Palgrave MacMillan-2018). He has presented at major international conferences and published research with his colleagues in Journal of Values-Based Leadership, Organization Development Journal, Journal of Management Development, Journal of Social Change, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, and Performance Improvement.

Tyler Durchslag-Richardson, MPP, PMP, LEED Green Associate, Sustainability Analyst, Facilities, California Institute of Technology

Tyler works for the California Institute for Technology where he manages initiatives designed to improve the Institute’s environmental performance. Tyler has a diverse professional background focused on strategy consulting, environmental policy analysis, data and modeling, and international research and education. Prior to joining Caltech, Tyler lived and worked in Washington D.C. helping federal agency leaders find solutions to pressing business and operational challenges. Tyler holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Policy from USC’s Price School of Public Policy.

Eric Eberhardt, Director, Energy Services, UC Office of the President

Eric Eberhardt is the Director of Energy Services in the Energy and Sustainability Unit at the UC Office of the President. His responsibilities include energy efficiency program administration, utility liaison, energy data management, and articulating the University of California’s position on energy related regulatory and 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 Account 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.

Roger Edberg, MS, Senior Superintendent, Grounds Services, Physical Plant, UC Santa Cruz

Roger Edberg is currently Senior Superintendent of Grounds Services, UCS Santa Cruz. Resource Recovery is one division of Grounds Services, and includes in-house front loader, bin (cart) collection, and roll off truck services. In this capacity, Roger worked to implement an automated front loader scaling system (Loadman), an on-demand smart collection system (Compology), on-board electronic cart scales (Industrial Artist), and resource recovery service billing by weight. Roger received his B.S. and M.S from U.C. Davis in Plant Science and Horticulture. Roger utilizes 3D mechanical CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, and 3D printing to develop improved mobile scaling systems for resource recovery.

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.

John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer, Laboratory Directorate, 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, and waste diversion. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, energy efficiency consulting to native American tribes, leading a professional services division to implement energy software solutions, and groundwater modeling to support soil and groundwater remediation. John draws on the local academic communities of Stanford and the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, where he received undergraduate and master’s degrees.

Frida Endinjok, Chair of Sustainability, Associated Students; President, Food Recovery Network, CSU Northridge

Frida Endinjok obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Northridge. She works as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC). She helped develop the “Let’s Grow Healthy” program, which delivers hands-on garden-enhanced nutrition education at Los Angeles elementary schools. At CSUN, she coordinates the MMC Wellness Garden that offers gardening workshops, produce, and projects for the CSUN community. She is the president of the Food Recovery Network, whose mission is to fight food waste on campus by diverting good food that would otherwise be thrown away to our local shelters. She also serves in student leadership as the Associated Students Chair of Sustainability. Academically, she is a BUILD PODER and Presidential Scholar. From bringing nutrition education to children, helping feed those in need, to helping fellow students to eat healthy on a budget, her goal is to provide the tools, education, and motivation for a good nutrition for all.

Erik Eriksen, Energy Analyst, Energy Services, Physical Planning, Development & Operations, UC Santa Cruz

As an energy efficiency analyst, Erik contributes to the University’s mission by operating and maintaining a safe, clean, and efficiently run campus. He currently focuses on the implementation of EnergyCAP data management tool to efficiently analyze and interpret sub-metered energy use around campus. In addition, he quantifies, calculates, projects and reports emissions to verifying parties. Overall devised, promoted and implemented the efficient use and conservation of energy and water. Previously he served as a climate action analyst at UCSC, helping the campus meet state mandates for GHG reduction and become more sustainable in every aspect of operations. His undergraduate degree is from UCSC in Env Studies and Economics.

Austin L. Eriksson, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction, CSU Northridge

Austin Eriksson is the Director of Energy and Sustainability 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 universities water consumption, improving waste management practices reduce energy consumption and develop renewable energy projects.

Alison Erlenbach, Senior Program Manager, Government and Community Partnerships, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Alison Erlenbach manages higher education, state, and local government energy efficiency programs for PG&E, and has 10 years of experience in implementing energy and sustainability projects and programs. Before joining PG&E she supported cities and institutions implementing clean energy, and startups to commercialize clean tech, for Prospect Silicon Valley (formerly known as the Bay Area Climate Collaborative). Prior to that she worked for a sustainability software company, the University of Florida Office of Sustainability, and held positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the DOE Energy Information Administration. Alison is a former Climate Corp Bay Area Fellow, and has a degree in economics from the University of Florida.

Erin Fabris, MESM, Sustainability Manager, Housing & Hospitality Services, UCLA

As Sustainability Manager for Housing & Hospitality Services, Erin is tasked with implementing, maintaining, and tracking the progress of sustainability programs for On- and Off-Campus Housing, UCLA Guest House, Conferences and Catering, Vending Services, the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and Bruin Woods Family Resort, and the Luskin Conference Center. Erin comes to UCLA with over 4 years of sustainability experience, most recently as the Sustainability Coordinator for USC where she created the sustainability program for the Housing department. She holds a Bachelors in Marine Biology and a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara. As a student, she studied ocean acidification and the environmental impacts of the film industry.

Holli Fajack, Sustainability Coordinator, Physical Planning & Facilities Management; Office of Sustainability, CSU Long Beach

Holli Fajack has a diverse background with experience in environmental education, policy analysis, sustainability consulting, communications and media, and fine art. As the Sustainability Coordinator at California State University, Long Beach, Holli is responsible for implementing, developing, and coordinating campus sustainability practices and programs and engaging 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, Student Program Director at the environmental education 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. Holli is motivated by her desire to develop smart environmental policies and programs that can make communities healthier and more resilient and empower people to become agents for positive change.

Nicolas Fauchier-Magnan, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer, Energy Conservation Office, Facilities Management, UC Davis

Nicolas serves as a senior engineer, providing leadership to the Energy & Controls engineering team at the University of California, Davis. His team seeks to make campus buildings more energy-efficient through no-cost and low-cost optimizations of the HVAC systems. This work involves both deep dives into individual campus buildings, as well as cross-campus analyses and optimizations. Nicolas is a licensed professional engineer as well as a LEED-accredited professional, and has 10 years of experience in the field of building energy efficiency.

Tela Favaloro, PhD, Lecturer, Project Scientist, Electrical Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Tela Favaloro, PhD, is Manager of the S-Lab (Sustainability Lab) at UC Santa Cruz. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics, she directed her efforts into the field of renewable energy focusing on advanced electronic devices for waste heat recovery to receive her PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She emphasizes engineering solutions from a holistic perspective, incorporating analysis of the full technological life cycle and socioeconomic impact in her research and in her development of interdisciplinary, human-centered design curriculum. Dr. Favaloro teaches and mentors projects within the Sustainability Studies minor at Rachel Carson College and in Senior Capstone Design in Electrical Engineering at the Baskin School of Engineering.

Beth Ferguson, MFA, Assistant Professor, Design, UC Davis

Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Design at UC Davis. She is a co-founder of the new UC Davis Product Design Lab. She runs Sol Design Lab, a solar design studio in San Francisco. She has collaborated with utilities, festivals, and universities to position solar energy as a civic and public resource. Currently, her design research focuses on solar charging stations for electric scooters and open source data logging for renewables and climate monitoring. Pairing theory and practice, her collaborative work on adaptation and urban resiliency planning includes the design of mobile emergency solar charging units and development of civic emoji symbols for climate change. She has received commissions from SXSW, Austin Energy, San Jose Biennial, TEDxPresidio, Coachella, The ZERO1 Arts Incubator, and the U.S State Department. She is currently participating with Team Public Sediment in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Daniel M. Fernandez, PhD, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez received all of his degrees in Electrical Engineering, with his BSEE from Purdue University in 1987, his MSEE from Stanford in 1988 and his Ph. D. from Stanford in 1993. He has been a professor at CSUMB for 21 years. While at CSUMB, he has served 3 years as Chair of the Academic Senate and 6 years as Chair of the Division of Science and Environmental Policy. He coordinates the Environmental Studies program and has developed and runs the Sustainable City Year Program at CSUMB, which partners the needs of regional governing bodies with relevant class projects. His research involves collection of water from fog and he has deployed and maintains, with help from student assistants, a network of standard fog collecting devices from central to northern California. He was the recipient of the President’s Medal for outstanding service to the university in 2012.

Adrian Ferreira, Commodity Manager, Facilities & Maintenance, Strategic Sourcing Centers of Excellence, UC Office of the President

Adrian Ferreira has worked in the UC system for 15 years acting as a Material Coordinator and then Senior Buyer for UC San Diego’s Health System, serving as the Procurement Manager for UCSD Housing, Dining, and Hospitality, and becoming an MRO Strategic Commodity Manager in 2015. For the past two years, Adrian has served as the MRO/Facilities Commodity Manager for UC Office of the President’s Center of Excellence, and is responsible for establishing and implementing system-wide commodity strategies including commodity management, strategic sourcing, contract management, supplier relationship management, utilization management, and demand management. Adrian holds a degree in Business Administration from National University.

Gregg Fiegel, PhD, PE, GE, Director, University Honors Program; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Gregg Fiegel is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer in California. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly in 1990. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is a past Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2006-08). Since 2013, he has served as the Director of the University Honors Program at Cal Poly, which currently serves over 500 students from nearly 60 different majors. As Director, he has led the development of a new honors curriculum that focuses on research, service, social justice, and sustainability.

Mitch Fine, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, WRNS Studio

Mitch is a Partner at WRNS and has been with the studio since its founding in 2005. Mitch leads their higher education sector with over 25 projects on university campuses during the last 21 years, including numerous projects for the California State University, the University of California and the California Community College systems. He has led multiple recreation, arts and academic projects and is currently leading the California State University, Monterey Bay Academic III building and the University of California Berkeley Way School of Education. Public Health and Psychology. Mitch is a member of the Society of College and University Planners and was a speaker at the 2017 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and 2018 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Annual Conference.. Mitch earned his Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Architecture, University of North Carolina. He is a licensed architect in the state of California.

Ronald Fleming, MPA, EMCM, CCSP, Director, Transportation & Distribution Services, UC Irvine

Ron Fleming is the Director of Transportation and Distribution Services at the University of California, Irvine, where he has 22 years of experience directing sustainable initiatives, capital improvement projects, traffic and travel demand management systems, postal and enforcement programs. During Ron’s tenure, the department has captured over 40 awards including the prestigious State of California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, Green California Leadership Award, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the EPA Clean Air Excellence Award. As a recognized industry leader, Ron was named the International Parking Institute’s Parking Professional of the Year and the California Public Parking Association’s Professional of the Year, and was also an invited speaker at The White House’s Electric Vehicle Corridors roundtable discussion in 2016. Ron received his BA from UC Irvine and earned a Master of Public Administration at the University of La Verne.

John Foerster*, Project Manager, Facilities Management, Design & Project Management, UC Los Angeles

Melissa Fontaine, Food Security Coordinator, Sustainability, UC Santa Barbara

Melissa Fontaine is the Food Security Coordinator at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where her primary roles include coalition building, strategic marketing, food literacy curriculum development, program logistics, and program evaluation. She has over 10 years of experience in sustainable food system reform. She worked as the Marketing Manager for the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, and then co-founded Goodland Kitchen and Market. Melissa then worked to improve school food in Santa Barbara County as the Food Literacy Manager for the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative. Before UCSB, she worked as Director of Community Impact for the Foodbank of SB County, where she was responsible for strategic planning for over 75 food literacy and food security programs. She also served on the steering committee for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan and earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB.

Renee A. Fortier, Executive Director, Events & Transportation, UC Los Angeles

Renée Fortier (M.A./M.S.), Executive Director UCLA Events & Transportation, oversees a comprehensive sustainable transportation program. With a daily population of over 85,000, UCLA facilitates access and mobility through an extensive array of programs aimed at reducing GHG emissions, including transit, carpool, vanpool, bicycle programs, traffic calming, and air travel mitigation. Awards include: Air Quality Management District, ACT; the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership, “Best Workplace for Commuters (Gold)”, a “Bike Friendly University” (Silver).

Jay Freeman*, Director, Isla Vista Community Services District; Vice President, Isla Vista Downtown Business Association; Co-Facilitator, Isla Vista Open Lab; Chief Technology Officer, Orchid Labs; Member, SaurikIT

Kimberly Fuentes, Curriculum Coordinator, Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF), UC Santa Barbara

Kimberly Fuentes is a third year Environmental Studies and Geography double major with a Minor in Math and Science Education at UC Santa Barbara. She is a proud first generation Chicanx woman and dedicated to the increase of resources for underrepresented communities. Past related experiences include being a co-facilitator for a Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) for first year and low income college students as well as leading the La Familia Cultural Mentorship Program for first year students on the Chicanx/ Latinx floor in the residence halls. Hobbies include birdwatching in the greater Santa Barbara area and taking advantage of the wonderful hikes that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Gwen Fuertes, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Designer, Building Scientist and Sustainability Lead, LMS Architects

Gwen is an architectural designer, building scientist and sustainability lead at LMS. She has over a decade of experience in sustainable design; in addition to her contributions at LMS, she has worked at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC, and the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. At LMS, she directs the sustainability efforts firm-wide and implements post-occupancy evaluations and analyses. She is also a lecturer in Building Energy at California College of the Arts, and is deeply connected with the academic higher education community.

Joe Fullerton, Certified Educational Facilities Professional, LEED AP, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Facilities, San Mateo County Community College District

In his recent professional roles Mr. Fullerton has concentrated on the development of high value capital and operational projects, providing continuous improvement of utility efficiencies and implementing sustainability policies. He has over 10 years of sustainability experience, a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Enterprise Management and holds a number of applicable professional certifications. As a graduate of the semester long Colorado Outward Bound School leadership program as well as Acterra’s “Be the Change” leadership program he has honed change management and design thinking skills that he applies daily. While the technical challenges of sustainability management are intriguing and enjoyable, the opportunity to prove value to the triple bottom line through positive behavioral change is his deep passion.

Brie Fulton, Sustainability Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brie Fulton is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Berkeley Lab. She leads the development and implementation of the Lab’s waste diversion activities. Through engaging with staff to build partnerships, she also contributes towards achieving sustainability objectives such as climate and water conservation goals and increasing sustainable purchasing. Brie has a background helping organizations define and execute their sustainability strategy, foster employee engagement, as well as measure and communicate their environmental footprint. Brie has done this through roles including the Sustainability and Communications Manager at Straus Family Creamery and as a Sustainability Consultant for UL Environment and a variety of private, nonprofit, and government organizations including the US EPA, Solid Waste Office and getting people out on the farm to learn where they food came from at Whole Foods Market. She earned her B. A. in Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio School of Management. See Sustainable Berkeley Lab at

Ines M. Galmiche, Research Fellow, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative; Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Ines is a recent graduate from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Sociology and a passion for social environmental justice. As a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Research Fellow, her project focuses on reducing CO2 emissions related to on-campus and commuter transportation by facilitating behavior change, as well as collecting data for offsetting purposes. Ines also serves as a fellow for UCSC’s Everett Program where she helps students develop and implement tech and leadership projects with international organizations tackling social and environmental justice issues.

Nicole Garcia, Director, Aggie Reuse Store, Associated Students; Recent Graduate, Communications, UC Davis

Nicole Garcia is a senior studying Communication at University of California, Davis. Since her freshman year she has been involved in leading UC Davis’ center for reuse and secondhand goods, Aggie Reuse Store, building the organization up into the profitable business and valued community resource that it is today. Through her work, she discovered her passion for leadership, community organizing, business development, and entrepreneurship. After college, she hopes to apply what she has learned through this experience in creating her own business geared toward environmental advocacy and zero waste.

Amorette Getty, PhD, LabRATS Co-Director; Chair, Lab Ventilation Working Group, Sustainability, UC Santa Barbara

Amorette Getty has been striving to optimize laboratory research operations on university campuses for more than 15 years. Via manifold approaches she has worked to help scientific labs use every resource they have with expanded efficiency: electrical energy, human energy, water, material waste, researcher time, experience, and attention, and grant funding dollars. She is Co-Director of UCSB’s LabRATS program, which uses the skill of staff and undergraduate interns to provide ‘Resources, Advocates, and Technology for Sustainability’ to all lab-involved researchers and staff. She also chairs the UCSB Campus’ Laboratory Ventilation Working Group, and through the campus’ Utility and Energy Services group works on whole-building efforts toward the same ends. Prior to her time in this field, she pursued graduate work in the Materials Engineering labs at UCSB. Her PhD research focused on the improvement of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for solid state lighting and related applications.

Brian Gialketsis, Coordinator, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), UC Berkeley

Originally from Ventura County in Southern California, Brian Gialketsis (pronounced Gal-ket-sis) is excited to be serving as The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)’s Coordinator. He recently graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a BA in Rhetoric and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies. At commencement, he was awarded the Rhetoric in Action Award for his work with Cal’s environmental sustainability community. One of his passions lies in bringing together environmental and social justice in a way that environmental programming becomes more accessible to those it has left out historically. In his free time, Brian enjoys anything outdoors, from the beach to the mountains, spending time at the park or hiking, attending live music, hammocking, reading, or visiting with family and friends. He now happily lives in Oakland with his cat, Winston (or “Dubs” for short).

Sarah Gilchrist*, CEM, Assistant Energy Manager, Physical Planning, Development, & Operations, U.C. Santa Cruz

Barry Giles, LEED Fellow, BREEAM Fellow, CEO, BRE America

In his early career, Barry worked in every aspect of the building industry —as an engineer, general contractor, systems operator and a facilities supervisor. His breadth of experience gives him insight into what will satisfy the many different stakeholders in a project and inspires his strong, practical approach to green building. Barry was a LEED for Existing Buildings pioneer, a founding member of its Core Committee, and a LEED Fellow. Barry saw the potential for the BREEAM standards to apply to the US market after becoming a BREEAM International and BREEAM In-Use Assessor in 2009. Since then, Barry has taken the lead in developing the partnership between BuildingWise and BRE Group to create the BREEAM USA standard. He worked to specifically tailor the methodology for the conditions in the United States and continues to advocate for the application of sustainability benchmarks to all existing buildings as a BREEAM Fellow.

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Sustainability Manager, Safety, Risk, and Sustainability, 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. She works closely with the operational side of the campus, to educate the campus on goals to reduce energy, water, and waste.

Brian Graham, LEED AP, MS, Director of Residential Operations, Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises, UC Santa Barbara

Brian received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara with a double-major in Geography and Environmental Studies, during which he worked as an Intern the $153M San Clemente Graduate Student Housing project. Brian then went on to work as a Project Engineer for a private general contracting firm building public works construction projects, while also receiving a Masters in Construction Management from the USC School of Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Building Science from the USC School of Architecture. Since 2011, Brian has been working for UC Santa Barbara and has been responsible for the implementation of a $4-5 million major maintenance program for HDAE as well as delivering the Housing Capital Program that has successfully completed over $300 million in major capital projects including 1,518 new student beds, four LEED-Gold certified projects, and four LEED-Platinum projects.

Marshalle Graham, Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Marshalle Graham has worked for CalRecycle for over 25 years. Working within the Local Assistance and Market Development (LAMD) Branch, she focuses on the implementation of new laws such as mandatory commercial recycling (AB 341) and mandatory commercial organics recycling (AB 1826). Currently she serves on the team implementing Short Lived Climate Pollutants legislation (SB 1383), particularly as it relates to the statewide rulemaking and local implementation.

Carla Grandy*, PhD, Professor, Earth Sciences, Science/Math/Technology Division, Skyline College

Adam Green*, Assistant Professor Biology, Program Coordinator Environmental Studies, Director Center for Sustainability, Santa Barbara City College

Cameron Scott Guiliano-Puzi, Laboratory Assessment Coordinator, LabRATS; Undergraduate Student, Microbiology, UC Santa Barbara

Cameron Guiliano-Puzi is a second year Microbiology major seeking experience working in a team to create sustainability on campus. His experience in LEAN manufacturing as well as lab experience with UC Davis led him to want to apply sustainability practices learned in manufacturing and applying them to the laboratory setting. After completing his degree he wants to work with policy-making in order to create more strict conservation laws.

Andrea Gutierrez, Basic Needs Coordinator, UC Irvine

Andrea Gutierrez grew up in Peru and migrated to the US at the age of 15. She’s a proud 1st generation, non-traditional UCI alumna and works at UCI as the inaugural Basic Needs Coordinator. In her role, she manages the daily operations and programmatic activities of the FRESH Basic Needs Hub, which houses the campus food pantry and holistic resources and programs to ensure students basic necessities are met. She participates in campus wide efforts to address student basic needs insecurities and advises student leaders. She also serves as co-chair for the campus and Systemwide Food Access Security and Basic Needs Committee, which is part of the UC Global Food Initiative. Andrea is passionate about food equity and access to higher education and she is a recipient of the 2017 Dynamic Woman of UCI Award for Social Justice and the UCI 2018 Distinguished Leadership for the Latinx Community Award.

Roy Hapeman*, Energy Manager, County of Santa Barbara

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

Rachel Harvey is the Sustainability Program Manager for Student Housing at the University of California, Irvine. She provides leadership in the development of educational efforts to increase sustainability literacy and inspire residents and staff to incorporate sustainable behavior change into daily habits. Rachel also helps to lead Housing’s successful Costa Rica Program in Global Sustainability and Cultural Immersion. She holds a Ph.D. 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. Rachel has several years of experience in non-profit outreach, event coordination, volunteer management, and sustainability consulting. Previously, Rachel served as program manager for Plastic Free Hawai’i, a program of the Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation which provides resources, tools, and trainings to educate schools, business partners, and community members about the environmental and health benefits of minimizing single-use plastics in the Hawaiian Islands.

Barbara Haya, PhD, Research Fellow, Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute, UC Berkeley

Barbara leads the Berkeley Carbon Trading Project at the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute. Barbara has researched the effectiveness of carbon offset programs for over fifteen years. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group where she studied the outcomes of the Kyoto Protocol’s offset program. She documented large-scale over-crediting from the participation of non-additional (business-as-usual) activities. Since finishing her PhD in 2010, she has performed research and policy outreach on the quality of California’s second-generation carbon offset program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Stanford Law School, and now UC Berkeley. She is also working with the University of California to help the university system develop its carbon offset strategy. This work involves reviewing best practice, researching the quality of projects on the voluntary offset market, exploring the potential for university-initiated offset projects, and facilitating discussion across the university system on offset program priorities.

Julie Hendricks*

Bethany Hendrickson, MPH, Program Manager, Leah’s Pantry

Bethany Hendrickson joined Leah’s Pantry in November 2017 when SuperFood Drive merged with Leah’s Pantry. As the Program Manager for the Nutrition Pantry Program, she is passionate about taking a holistic, dignified, client-centered approach to healthy hunger relief in all types of food settings. Previously, Bethany has worked on evaluating state and national programs designed to promote nutrition and physical activity in schools, in research on neighborhood food access and its relationship to chronic disease, and as an educator teaching classes in nutrition to a wide variety of audiences. She earned her B.S. in Nutrition Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison and MPH from UC Berkeley. Bethany loves hiking, cooking, traveling and exploring the small towns of California and cultivating a love of fruits & vegetables in her young son.

Lauren T. Hennessy, Outreach Program Manager, Sustainability and Business Services, Stanford University

Lauren Hennessy is outreach program manager for the Office of Sustainability. Her portfolio includes management of the office’s Cardinal Green brand, employee and student training materials, online and print collateral materials, and oversight of student programs. Lauren began her career in sustainability working on communications and outreach for the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy sponsored programs Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) and WaterSense, as well as for the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories. Outside of sustainability she has worked extensively in the non-profit sector, managing communications for a New York City non-profit providing social services to New York and overseeing a corporate philanthropy program benefitting Susan G. Komen’s mission to end breast cancer. Lauren received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Stephanie Herbert, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator, Energy Management and Utility Services, CSU San Marcos

Stephanie Hebert is the Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for the Energy Management & Utility Services department at California State University, San Marcos. She has been responsible for managing the program for nearly 3 years. Stephanie develops and implements programs to transform a successful recycling program into a zero waste platform, researches opportunities to reduce energy and water usage, and conducts outreach and education with the campus community. She has taken the program from a simple waste diversion and utility management function to a comprehensive goal oriented effort with plans to help CSUSM achieve zero waste by 2025. Prior to her role with Energy Management Stephanie served as support coordinator with the Facilities Services department. She is a CSUSM alum with a BS degree in Business Administration and has worked on campus for the past 7 years. She is a California native, married to a Marine Corp veteran and mother to a 16-year-old son.

Kassandra Hernandez, Food Pantry Coordinator, Office of the President, CSU Bakersfield

Through AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA, Kassandra Hernandez is based at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) as the Food Pantry Coordinator to increase the campus community’s food security and retention/graduation rates. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies, from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Taylor Herren, Program Coordinator, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, CSU Chico

Taylor Herren is a founding member and the current Project Coordinator for the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative. Through this newly founded interdisciplinary effort at CSU, Chico she works with a team of faculty members to advance regenerative agriculture practices through collaborative research and teaching. Her work is most focused on directly connecting and empowering farmers and producers who want to lead the climate-smart agriculture movement.

Rodolfo Herrera*, Advisor, Associated Students Food Bank, UC Santa Barbara

Alexis Hidalgo, Environmental Justice Student At-Large Representative, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Committee, Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC), UC Berkeley

Alexis recently graduated from UC-Berkeley in May 2018 with a double major in Environmental Science and Global Environmental Politics. She is deeply passionate about integrating environmental sustainability and human development. This past year she has had the wonderful opportunity to serve as the Environmental Justice Student-At-Large Representative. She has also worked with other groups to address equity and justice including the Basic Needs Security Team to increase awareness about food and housing insecurity on campus and the Student Organic Garden Association to facilitate a class on Organic Gardening and Food Justice. After working in the Urban Bee Lab for two years, she wrote a thesis that sought to understand the barriers farmers face when installing pollinator habitats in order to form better partnerships between researchers and farmers. Additionally, she has worked on campaigns with the Climate Reality Project and the Sierra Club to equitably shift communities to renewable energy. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with friends, spending time outdoors, or exploring the city.

Matthew Hissom, Senior Commodity Manager for Transportation and Logistics, UC Office of the President

Matthew Hissom works at the University of California Office of the President as Senior Commodity Manager for Transportation and Logistics. In that role, he oversees UC systemwide contracts in the areas of commuter programs, campus fleets, parking management and logistics services.

Kristin Hogue, Student Engagement Fellow, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative; Recent Graduate, English, UC Davis

After a decade long career as an Information Technology professional at a Fortune 500 company, Kristin Hogue returned to college to pursue the degree that got away. In June 2018, she earned her B.A. in English with Honors from UC Davis and this fall she’ll pursue an M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Kristin has also accepted admission to the UC Davis PhD in Cultural Studies program and will enter with the Fall 2019 cohort. As a 2017-18 UC Office of the President Carbon Neutrality Initiative Engagement Fellow, Kristin’s purpose has been to introduce concepts of ecocriticism and environmental literature, philosophy and history into the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative while demonstrating how the environmental humanities intersect and complicate traditional scientific methodologies of climate change and sustainability.

Patricia A. Holden, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Bren School, UC Santa Barbara

Patricia (Trish) Holden is an environmental engineer and microbiologist who teaches and leads research related to pollution, soil processes, and water quality. Prior to becoming a faculty member at UCSB in 1997, she worked in the public and private sectors in environmental engineering, mainly in wastewater treatment design and urban development.

Cynthia Holmes, Director, Tradesmarks & Licensing, UC Los Angeles

Currently in her 31st year at UCLA, Cindy manages UCLA Trademarks & Licensing, a division of ASUCLA, the non-profit association managing retail and student union services at UCLA. The ASUCLA’s student majority board enhanced Cindy’s ability to pilot this project. Cindy manages licensing of the “UCLA” name world-wide. She has established a sizable, international trademark portfolio on behalf of UC Regents for “UCLA” in connection with consumer goods and core university services of education, healthcare, and research. Cindy considers her most important contribution at UCLA to be her dedication to implementation of ethical labor practices throughout collegiate licensing supply chains. She sits on the UC Code of Conduct Steering Committee reporting to the UC Office of the President and in 2017 was inducted into the International Collegiate Licensing Association Hall of Fame, as nominated by peers at other universities, based on her dedication to ethical labor standards in the industry.

Audrey Horn, Fellow, UC Global Food Initiative, Undergraduate Student, Biopsychology, UC Santa Barbara

Audrey Horn is a 4th year pre-med student getting a BS in Biopsychology. She plans on taking two gap years before attending medical school. During those two years, she hopes to continue her volunteer work with the medically underserved population as well as animal activism. Her passion for animal rights started her sophomore year of college, and pushed her towards applying for the Global Food Initiative fellowship. She focused on improving the animal welfare of the UCen dining at UCSB.

Evelyn Hurtado-Doppenberg*,  Undergraduate Student, R’Garden, UC Riverside

Ryan Jang, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal; Architect, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Ryan Jang, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and thoroughly understands the values of each client, institution and community for whom he designs, ensuring that everyone, especially underserved populations, have access to thoughtful, uplifting architecture. Ryan values the relationships formed through his affordable housing, higher education, and adaptive reuse projects, including permanently affordable Folsom Family Housing, a new graduate student center and case study teaching spaces at UC Davis Walker Hall, the recently completed San Francisco Art Institute’s Graduate Center at Fort Mason Center, and UC Berkeley’s Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. He is a registered Architect in California and a LEED accredited professional. He received a bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and has been striving to combine design excellence with mission driven work for over fourteen years.

Jennifer Jay*, PhD, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Los Angeles

Sarah E. Johnson*, Sustainability Program Analyst, CSU Northridge

Claudia Johnson, Director, Dual Enrollment, Schott Campus, Santa Barbara City College

Claudia Johnson is the director of Dual Enrollment at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), a program that increases access to college for high school students. Dual Enrollment serves 3,000 high school students per term with more than 100 college sections at local high school campuses. Mrs. Johnson also serves on the Student Equity Committee and provides diversity and social justice trainings. Her efforts helped established the first SBCC collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Food Bank. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles as a Regent’s Scholar with a B.A. in International Development Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s Studies. After a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Latin America, she completed her M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Grace Junge, PE, LEED AP, Energy Engineer, Engineering, Empowered Solutions

Grace Junge is an Energy Engineer at Enpowered Solutions. 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 of mechanical systems. She has an extensive background in specialized HVAC applications, including laboratory, hospital, and clean room environments, as well as the more common office and academic spaces. Grace holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director, Center for Sustainability, Santa Clara University

Lindsey is the Director for the Center for Sustainability empowers University faculty, staff, and students to integrate sustainability throughout academics, campus life, public outreach, campus operations, and University planning and administration.

Sophia Kang, Organizer, Education for Sustainable Living Program; Undergraduate Student, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz

Born in Long Beach, California, Sophia Kang is a second year psychology student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated from Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), located in downtown Santa Ana, where she studied Commercial Dance. Sophia is the youngest daughter of Korean immigrants. She is very family and community oriented. Her core values are commitment to lifelong artistic and scholarly development. For now, she is a part of Education for Sustainable Living Program, ESLP, and a dance organization, Random with a Purpose, at UC Santa Cruz. She is still seeking different opportunities in college. Sophia strives to be a hard-working and well-rounded student. She hopes to take what she learns and share it to different spaces. In her spare time, she likes to go to the beach, do yoga, cook food, and spend time with her family and friends.

David J Karlsgodt, Podcast Host, Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast, Fovea, LLC

Dave is Fovea’s principal in charge of customer engagement and technology management. He spearheads the development of interactive tool sets and management of data that provide clients the basis for successful outcomes. Dave is also adept at explaining complex topics at a high-level for non-technical client employees and other stakeholders. He previously served as a president of his own software development and consulting firm and has worked in a variety of technical roles solving client’s diverse problems with a combination of creativity and business acumen. He is the creator and host of an exciting new podcast called the “Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast.” Dave holds a BA from the University of North Texas and recently attended the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Brandon Kaysen, LEED AP (O+M), MESM, Lecturer, Environmental Studies Department, UC Santa Barbara

An educator and green building professional, Brandon Kaysen teaches UCSB’s LEED Lab course within the Environmental Studies Department. Brandon also manages the K-12 and public environmental education program for the City of Ventura. With over 7 years of combined green building, resource management, and environmental education experience, Brandon seeks to collaborate with key players to enhance and encourage the eco-literacy of our building managers, government officials, and community members. Brandon has spent 6 years studying at UCSB, receiving his BA in Economics and Environmental studies and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Environmental Management and Energy & Climate from the Bren School. Go Gauchos!

Danielle Kemp, RD, Dietitian, Purchasing and Systems Manager, Residential Dining Services, Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises, 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.

Elizabeth Kennedy, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, IMG College Licensing

Liz Kennedy is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for IMG College Licensing (“IMGCL”), which serves nearly 200 of the nation’s top colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, the Heisman Trophy, and the NCAA. Liz has thirty years experience with all aspects of building and maintaining college and university trademark licensing programs. Building on that perspective, she leads IMGCL’s efforts to assist colleges and universities and their licensees to build and implement socially responsible supply chains for their licensed products. Liz holds a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She also earned a certificate in higher education administration from the Bryn Mawr Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

Navpreet Khabra*, Recent Graduate, Asian American and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Food Recovery Coordinator, UCSB Sustainability, UC Santa Barbara; Zero Waste Committee Co-Chair, Associated Students, UC Santa Barbara

Adory Khandaker, Coordinator, Edible Campus Program, Sustainability Program; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Adory Khandaker is the UCSB Edible Campus Program Student Coordinator under the UCSB Sustainability office and is also the Environmental Chair of the External Vice President of Local Affairs’ office. She is studying for a B.S in Environmental Studies and hope to use the knowledge obtained through her degree and positions to improve human health through environmental change. Edible Campus Program has taught her (and continues to teach her!) how to create social change through the increase of sustainable practices, such as expanding urban agriculture.

Lin King*, Zero Waste Manager, Facilities Services, UC Berkeley

Camille Kirk, Campus Sustainability Planner; Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, UC Davis

Camille Kirk provides leadership and direction for campus sustainability efforts and galvanizes action towards key sustainability goals. She is a proven sustainability leader with a breadth of collaborative management and initiative development experience. During her time with UC Davis, Camille has delivered multiple high-visibility projects and programs including the campus’ Climate Action Plan and the Drought Response and Water Action Plan, which provide vision, direction, and support for sustainability efforts across UC Davis. She has undertaken complex performance assessment across a wide variety of sustainability metrics, which has led to numerous top rankings and ratings in sustainability for UC Davis. Camille has launched successful and award-winning communication and outreach efforts to raise visibility and awareness of campus environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts, effect behavior change, and create pride and enthusiasm for campus sustainability achievements. Trained as a systems thinker, Camille holds a master’s degree in Geography from UCLA.

Mark Klein, WELL AP, BREEAM In-Use Assessor, LEED AP, Sustainability Operations Manager, Health Buildings; Faculty, USGBC

Mark Klein is the Sustainability Operations Manager for Healthy Buildings. He graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management from Cal Poly, SLO in 2007 & Master of Planning degree from USC in 2012. In addition to being a practitioner in the field of sustainability, Mark guest lectures at USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley, UCLA, regional conferences & national summits. He brings the perspective of a builder, broad vision of an urban planner, and project management skills of a contractor to Healthy Buildings’ sustainability team.

David Klug, PE, HBDP, Mechanical Engineer, P2S Engineering

David Klug has over eight years of mechanical design and energy efficiency project experience. His experience in the field has included mechanical and control system retrofits, upgrade designs, energy studies, and commissioning. The majority of projects he has been involved in have been either in the higher education or aerospace industries, although he has experience on several projects in the entertainment industry as well. David has worked extensively on energy auditing projects, with an emphasis on Monitoring Based Commissioning (MBCx). His involvement has ranged from field investigation to mechanical design to commissioning agent. David has developed expertise in data collection, measurement, verification, and plans project metering strategies for baseline and post-implementation data collection suitable for utility incentive programs.

Catherine Kniazewycz, AIA, LEED AP, Campus Architect, Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, CSU Northridge

Catherine Kniazewycz is the Campus Architect and Director of Design and Construction at Cal State Northridge. She spent 24 years with the UC system in various positions, most recently as Director of Architecture for the University of California system, before taking her new position at CSUN three years ago. She has managed design and construction of nine LEED-certified UC and CSU projects, three of them LEED-Platinum certified. She has been a CHESC moderator and a committee member for Green Building presentations or Best Practice Overall awards for the past five years.

Isaac Knipfing, Utility & Su, stainability Specialist, Facilities Planning, Maintenance, & Operations, San Mateo Community College District

Isaac Knipfing is a Utility & Sustainability Specialist at San Mateo Community College District (SMCCD), managing Proposition 39 energy projects and engaging campus stakeholders in fostering a culture of sustainability. Most recently, Isaac served as an Energy & Environmental Associate for Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) in the Fellowship in Community College Sustainability (FiCCS) program.

Nick Kordesch*, Sustainability Specialist, Office Of Sustainability, San Francisco State University

Katie M Koscielak, MA, Sustainability Analyst, Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, Humboldt State University

Katie Koscielak is a Sustainability Analyst at Humboldt State University, where she coordinates the campus STARS report, produces outreach materials, advises students, and helps identify areas for infusing sustainability in the cultural, academic, and operational fabric of the campus. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Science with concentration in Environment & Community from Humboldt State and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about the power of art to connect people, create dialogue, and motivate social change. Katie has devoted her career to establishing, organizing, and maintaining inclusive, just and sustainable communities through her work in the food, energy, education, and creative sectors. Currently serving as President of the Board for a local non-profit called Zero Waste Humboldt, she brings grassroots and community organizing perspectives to her work throughout the region.

Leslie Kramer, Associate Director, Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University

Ms. Kramer focuses on improving the energy efficiency of Stanford University buildings through large-scale building energy retrofits and retro-commissioning projects. She also manages the Energy Retrofit Program which provides financial incentives for smaller scale energy-saving projects related to lighting, IT, motors, and lab equipment. Leslie has over 25 years of energy efficiency-related experience. Prior to joining Stanford University, she worked as an energy consultant and managed large contracts with the California Energy Commission, the City of San Francisco, PG&E and the California Office of Energy Assessments. She has a multidisciplinary background in mechanical engineering and energy policy and has worked on almost every aspect of energy management, both on the supply side and the demand side. She has a B.A. degree in Engineering from Brown University and a M.A. degree in Energy and Resources from U.C. Berkeley.

Anne Krieghoff, LEED GA, Sustainability Program Manager, Facilities Management, UC Irvine

Anne Krieghoff is the University of California Irvine, Facilities Management Sustainability Manager, responsible for the campus Diversion, Water Conservation and LEED: EBOM. Anne earned a B.A. in Social Ecology from UCI. She has worked on campus for 11 years. In addition to being the recycling program manager, she mentors students in the FM Sustainability team and in the Field Study Internship program. She is the adviser for 3 Campus Sustainability Clubs. Anne’s passion for keeping UCI as a leader in the Sustainability forefront has resulted in a campus Diversion Rate of 83%. Anne has won many personal and professional awards in her career and was awarded the Zero Waste Achievement Award from the California Resource Recovery Association, the UCI Social Ecology Mentor of the Year award, recognized by the EPA for achievements developing the campus food waste program and awarded the Community Partners Award from the Goodwill of Orange County.

Leeanne Kryder, Lecturer, Environmental Studies; Writing, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. LeeAnne G. Kryder serves as a co-director for UCSB’s Professional Writing Minor (business communication focus) and teaches professional writing (business, environmental, and managerial) at UCSB. She co-created and teaches a course called Writing for Sustainability and has integrated sustainability projects into her Writing for Environmental Professions courses. Dr. Kryder serves as a member of both UCSB’s Sustainability Communication Team and the Academic Senate Work Group on Sustainability. Additionally, she is a two-time award winner of the TGIF grant funded by student fees and the New Leaf grant for sustainability curriculum creation.

August Lack, Training Coordinator, Sustainability Internship Program; UCSB Sustainability Program; MESM candidate, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara

August Lack is a first year MESM student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. She is currently an ambassador for the UC Climate and Sustainability Education Resource Library (CSERL) in collaboration with the UC/CSU Knowledge Action Network (KAN). She has been with UCSB Sustainability for four years, most recently holding the position as Training Coordinator where she developed and hosted the pilot fall training series. Previously, she has been involved with the Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability (PACES) as a Green Office Coordinator and a Green Event Coordinator, and has been a staff member for the CHESC conference in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Pamela Lapham, Senior Project Manager, Campus Planning and Development, CSU Monterey Bay

Pamela Lapham has worked with CSU Monterey Bay since December 2013. She has worked as both a project assistant and project manager on various capital outlay construction projects. Her work experience in both construction management and planning, and CSU education in soil science have provided her tools to be responsible for all aspects of professional administration of design and construction processes from planning through construction completion. Her projects include LEED Platinum Certified Academic II (project analyst), CSUMB’s first inclusive gender restrooms, 7th Avenue/Inter-Garrison Road Realignment, 8th Avenue/Inter-Garrison Road Roundabout, Parking Lot #59 and is currently working on Academic III. Pamela has the ability to identify issues and work with the team to come up with solutions.

Michelle LaPorte*, Director, Azusa Pacific University

David Lea*,  PhD, Professor, , Science, UC Santa Barbara

Andrew Lee, Green Event and Office Certification Coordinator, Sustainability Program; Recent Graduate, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Andrew Lee is a fifth-year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies, while also completing the Technology Management Program. Currently, Andrew interns with PACES as a Green Event and Office Coordinator. Andrew also interns with Your Children’s Trees and helps with restoration projects around Coal Oil Point and the North Campus Open Space. Having a strong passion for sustainability, he also created a Sustainability Chair for his fraternity, Zeta Psi, and has helped recycle hundreds of pounds of waste. Andrew has had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica, Panama, and Iceland during his time at UCSB, and on his free-time he likes to backpack, travel, and snowboard.

Catherine Seung Lee, Curriculum Coordinator, Educating Leaders for the Future (ELF), UC Santa Barbara

Catherine Seung Lee is a third year Environmental Studies and Political Science double major at UC Santa Barbara. She hopes to combine her two interests to pursue environmental law or policy with a primary focus on environmental justice. As an intern for Educating Leaders of the Future, Catherine teaches under-resourced and underrepresented youth about environmental science and justice. Within UCSB’s campus, Catherine also interns for Undocumented Student Services where she assists in creating and facilitating ally trainings for staff and faculty. In addition, Catherine is one of UCSB’s campus tour guides, working to further cultivate an inclusive campus climate by highlighting unique experiences showcasing commitment to diversity and collaboration. During her free time, Catherine likes to compile lists, craft, and bake.

Kristen Lee, MPA, Sustainability Programs Manager, Sustainability Office, UC Santa Cruz

Kristen Lee has worked in sustainability in higher education at five institutions in five different states. She currently serves as a Sustainability Programs Manager with University of California, Santa Cruz where she is responsible for managing the Sustainability Office’s topical areas of water and zero waste.

David Lehrer, RA, LEED AP, Communications Director, Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley

As the primary liaison between CBE’s industry partners and the research team, David is responsible for catalyzing industry-university collaborations, leading CBE’s communications and managing CBE’s research portfolio. He has also led CBE’s research on visualizing building information and occupant surveys. Prior to joining CBE, David acquired over 10 years of experience as a designer and architect, completing a variety of project types. David is also a specialist in resource efficient design, and has lectured and written on numerous related topics. As an adjunct faculty member at the California College of the Arts (CCA) he has taught green building and interdisciplinary design courses, and he served for several years as co-chair of the the AIA San Francisco Chapter Committee on the Environment. David holds an MArch degree from UC Berkeley and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Arizona. 

Lisa Leombruni, PhD, Lecturer, Director, Environmental Communication Program, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara

Lisa Liombruni, PhD, is Director of the Strategic Environmental Communication & Media program at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also lectures in strategic environmental communication and writing, and oversees several research projects exploring environmental campaigns and enhancing digital engagement with science media (funded by the TomKat Foundation and NSF). Previously, Lisa worked for NOVA/WGBH Boston, where she co-developed proposals for upcoming NOVA television series and special projects, including NSF-funded research. She also oversaw media evaluation and impact studies, conducted editorial research, and co-developed digital interactives. She has consulted for a variety of clients, including the United Nations, Oxfam America, the Center for American Progress, and Climate Nexus. She earned her PhD in communication from UCSB, holds a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and has a BA in Biology from Brandeis University.

Katie LePlace, Senior Construction Manager, Campus Planning and Development, CSU Monterey Bay

Katie Timmerman LaPlace has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. Responsibilities ranged from Project Engineer for Heavy Civil Contractors to Construction Manager as an Owners representative. At CSUMB, Katie has performed management of minor and major capital projects, throughout the campus, ranging from accessible pathway improvements to full ground up building construction. The 8th Ave Roundabout, she managed the design and approval process through DSA, SFM and the Chancellors Office. Katie also provide construction administrator support to the on –site Project Manager during construction.

David Liebman, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Facilities Department, Sonoma County Junior College District

David Liebman is the current Energy & Sustainability Manager for Sonoma County Junior College District. David has Bachelor of Science from Sonoma State University in Energy Management & Design. David is also an Alumni of the Climate Corp Bay Area Fellowship Program and has a certificate in Climate Protection from Skyline College. David has over 5 years of experience infusing Sustainability into California’s public agencies. Currently David manages the district’s prop 39 projects, and an Energy & Sustainability bond allocated budget of $32.5 million dollars. When not saving the planet, David spends his time rock climbing, backpacking and eating copious amounts of Thai Food.

Rosie Linares-Díaz, California Regional Coordinator, Real Food Challenge

Rosie Linares-Díaz is California Regional Coordinator for Real Food Challenge, a national organization and network aimed at shifting $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food, and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources–what we call “real food–by 2020. During her scholarly years at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the department of Geography & the Environment, Linares-Díaz advocated and helped implement the CSU Sustainability Food Policy locally and across the state.

Ronnie D Lipschutz, PhD, Professor, Politics; Rachel Carson College, UC Santa Cruz

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Director of the Rachel Carson College Minor in Sustainability Studies at UCSC, and President of the non-profit Sustainable Systems Research Foundation, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990. He is currently the holder of the Robert Headley Chair in Integral Ecology and Environmental Justice in Rachel Carson College. He has just co-authored a second edition of Environmental Politics for a Changing World (formerly Global Environmental Politics) with Doreen Stabinsky, due to be published by Rowman & Littlefield later this year.

MacAdam Lojowsky, LEED AP O+M, Director, Facilities, Mendocino Lake Community College District

Mac coordinates, directs and supervises the planning, facilities, and grounds programs
of the Mendocino-Lake Community College district’s four campuses; Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport, Ft. Bragg as well as the Point Arena Field Station. Previously, he served for five years as the Ojai Valley School’s Director of Facilities, coordinating, directing and supervising the School’s facilities program, including funding, planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of all School facilities, of approximately 80 different buildings on over a dozen different sites. He counts the creation of the Facilities Master Plan for Ojai Valley  School as a career highlight. In the public sector Mac has served as a planning commissioner for the City of Ojai and he is currently working on a community development plan for his new home town of Redwood Valley, CA.

Mia Lopez, Cultural Representative; Former Tribal Chair, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation

Mia Lopez (Chumash) is the cultural representative and former tribal chair of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation. She is registered with the Native American Heritage Commission to protect sacred Chumash sites and villages in the city of Santa Barbara. Lopez serves on the board of directors for the Chumash Maritime Association and the American Indian Health & Services clinic, and she is a frequent guest lecturer at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College. Lopez is an education partner to the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation and a cultural educator in classrooms across Santa Barbara and Goleta schools, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the El Presidio de Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She also is working with her community on a revitalization project for the šmuwič Chumash language.

Stephanie Lopez, CPSM, Special Programs Manager, Procurement Services, UC Office of the President

Stephanie Lopez is the Special Programs Manager for Procurement Services at University of California, Office of the President. Stephanie oversees UC’s systemwide Commercial Card and Sustainable Procurement programs, with a focus on engaging stakeholders across the University system to ensure that resources, tools and policy align to best serve UC’s core missions of teaching, research and public service. With over 6 years of procurement and project management experience, Stephanie is committed to driving value and efficiency for an organization as diverse and complex as the University of California. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science and Rhetoric. Stephanie is a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®).

Mo Lovegreen, Director, Campus Sustainability, 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.

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

As the Environment Initiatives Coordinator for Cal Dining at UC Berkeley, Samantha Lubow 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, she works with our chefs to prioritize using ingredients that are locally grown, humanely- treated, and environmentally and socially responsible. Before working for Cal Dining, Samantha was a Sustainability Coordinator for UC Davis Dining Services in partnership with Sodexo. In addition, she assisted in the management and operations of the Davis Farmers Market, and was privately contracted to manage zero waste events. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis and has been certified by the US Zero Waste Business Council as a Zero Waste Business Associate.

Andrea Luna, Advocacy and , Associate, Student Environmental Resource Center, UC Berkeley; Undergraduate Student, Society and the Environment, UC Berkeley

Andrea Luna is a first-generation junior transfer student in the College of Natural Resources, majoring in Society and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley. She is originally from Southeast Los Angeles, where she experienced the intersections of environmental injustices that impact her community. She has worked with organizations in Los Angeles working towards environmental justice. She is passionate about environmental justice, food justice, and human health.

Curt Lutz, Marketing Manager, Alternative Transportation Commuting and Campus Mobility, Transportation Services, UC San Diego

In 1993 Curt started managing and promoting alternative transportation with the North City San Diego Transportation Management Association. Now, with nearly fifteen years at UC San Diego, Curt is managing, piloting and promoting alternative transportation programs for a campus that has grown significantly, to over 60,000 daily commuter arrivals. The campus has received SANDAG Diamond Awards for TDM and has reduced Single Occupant Vehicle commuting from 66% in 2001 to 43% in 2017. Curt is a native of San Diego and a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Gary Lytle*, Coordinator, Decolonizing Our Lives Program; Graduate Student, Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Ryann Jeff Malicdem​, Green Event and Office Certification Coordinator, Sustainability Program; Recent Graduate, Economics; Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Ryann Jeff Malicdem is a recent graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies. In the past, he has worked for UCSB Sustainability as the Green Building and Energy Coordinator for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, and as a Green Office and Event Certification Coordinator for the Program for the Assessment and Certification of the Environment and Sustainability (PACES). In addition to his work experience, he has volunteered with GRID Alternatives to install renewable energy to power homes for low-income families, studied environmental science and geography in London, and received his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate accreditation. In the future, Ryann Jeff plans to pursue a career in corporate sustainability and utilize his experience in project management, communication, and research to help companies reach their sustainability goals.

Alex Malm, Business Intelligence Analyst, Energy Conservation Office, Facilities Management, UC Davis

Alex Malm is a Business Intelligence Analyst for the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office (ECO). There, she analyzes data from ECO websites including Trim the Waste, TherMOOstat, and the Campus Energy Education Dashboard (CEED). From this analysis, Alex produces meaningful insights to identify energy savings opportunities on campus. She also utilizes her analyses to evaluate and improve features on ECO websites and ensure the quality of the datasets that ECO presents to students and staff. Alex earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UC Davis.

Joey Martinez, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Management & Sustainability, CSU 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. Several 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.

Sonia Martinez, Food Security Policy Intern, Sustainability Program; Recent Graduate, Psychology; Black Studies Minor, UC Santa Barbara

Sonia Martinez is a 4th year Psychology major with a minor in Black Studies. She is a Food Security Policy Intern who focuses on working with underrepresented communities. Martinez has been involved with several student organizations that serve diverse groups. She is currently co-president of all 18 multicultural Greek organizations through the United Fraternity and Sorority Council, is Vice President of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc, has been Vice President of the Historically Black and Latinx Greek Council, and Cultural Awareness Chair of Sigma Lambda Gamma Inc. She has also worked as an Orientation Leader with the Office of International Students and Scholars and served as Community Service Chair for Pan African Student Union.

Mark Maxwell, LEED AP, Assistant Director, Sustainability, UC Merced

Mark is the Assistant Director of Sustainability in the newly formed department of Sustainability. Mark is responsible for managing, tracking & coordinating all building documentation for LEED submittals to the US Green Building Council. On new construction projects, he oversees each project from design through construction and gives support to all project teams to insure all LEED Criteria is met. He also lectures a LEED Lab Class where students certify existing buildings on campus under the LEED Operation and Maintenance certification program. Mark oversees the commission program for the campus, provides support to campus departments on sustainability and manages interns in the Energizes Colleges and Carbon Neutrality Initiative programs.

Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainability Internship Program, UC Santa Barbara; Executive Director, CHESC

Katie Maynard has managed the UCSB Sustainability Internship Program and been a Sustainability Coordinator since Summer 2005. She currently manages 39 interns directly across 16 different projects. Ms. Maynard was trained early in her career in grassroots organizing and applies the same principles to her work in developing student leadership and creating sustainability focused changes in large institutions. Ms. Maynard is the primary staff to UCSB’s response to the UC Global Food Initiative (UC GFI) as well as the UC GFI Food Security Taskforce and Healthy Campus Network. There are 13 UCSB committees that Ms. Maynard manages within the area of GFI. Ms. Maynard is also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Goleta and Executive Director of CHESC.

Ann McCormick*, Vice President, Newcomb Anderson McCormick

Colleen McCormick, MPH, LEED AP O+M, Director of Sustainability, UC Merced

Colleen McCormick became the first Director of Sustainability at the University of California, Merced in December 2014. Her previous experience includes serving as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) for over three years, and Assistant to the Director in the IUPUI Office of Environmental Health and Safety for over six years. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Health degree, both from Indiana University, along with a LEED AP O+M credential.

Margot McDonald, LEED AP BD+C, Professor, Architecture Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Margot McDonald, AIA, NCARB is head of the Architecture Department at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. In teaching, her focus is on professional practice especially in the area of integrated design and building performance working collaboratively with the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, construction management, and landscape architecture on building/site proposals for real clients. She is currently part of the American Institute of Architect’s National Resilience Initiative as well as a director for the Resilient Communities Research Institute, a faculty co-advisor for an interdisciplinary Sustainable Environments minor, and formerly chair of the International Education Advisory Council at Cal Poly.  

Courtney McGuire, Vermicomposting Project Supervisor, Zero Waste Research Center, Student Environmental Resource Center; Undergraduate Student, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Courtney is a second year student studying Integrative Biology and minoring in Anthropology. Born and raised in the outskirts of Arroyo Grande, CA, Courtney developed a love for the outdoors early in life. She is passionate about waste management, water quality, food systems, biology, education and social welfare. Courtney is excited to be apart of the Vermicomposting Project at UC Berkeley and to be able to provide more transparency in waste management on her campus as well as help to educate the community on vermicomposting. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area, reading, and hiking.

Abe McKay, Researcher, Energy Conservation Office; Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis

Abe is a mechanical engineering graduate student at UC Davis with a focus in manufacturing and design. He has worked with the Energy Conservation Office since spring of 2017. Before coming to UC Davis, Abe worked in San Francisco as an electronics recycler and on solar array maintenance. Abe hopes to fight climate change through product design in the energy and transportation sectors. Once that is fixed, he will stick to his favorite pastimes of tinkering and beach ultimate frisbee.

Ian McKeown, Campus Sustainability Officer, Green LMU, Loyola Marymount University

Ian has led and consulted on environmental sustainability programs for universities, business, and municipalities. He has a passion for teaching, science, community service, and technology-focused entrepreneurship-based environmental solutions. Ian was the first individual to build, design, and lead the strategic sustainability program for the University of Miami. Currently, Ian directs the sustainability program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Ian holds multiple degrees from the University of Miami including a MS in Management of Technology in Industrial Engineering, a BA in Ecosystem Science & Policy with a second major in Economics, and a minor in Meteorology. Additionally, Ian also completed three years of science coursework in UM’s Post-Baccalaureate Science Program. Ian’s focus is to encourage strategic sustainability solutions within business and public policy by leveraging his position as a kiteboard athlete to encourage others to find their own connection to nature.

Jeremy Meadows, Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing, UC Office of the President

Jeremy Meadows joined the UC system in 2011, starting as the Associate Director for Procurement and Contracts at UC San Diego where he worked for six years providing high-level contract and supply management expertise and professional guidance to HDH and Facilities Assistant Vice-Chancellors, Associate Directors, managers, administrators and staff in efforts to support cost containment, effective processes, and adherence to procurement policies. Jeremy currently serves as the Associate Director for the UC Office of the President Facilities & Maintencance Center of Excellence, where he leads system wide sourcing initiatives, and manages a team of commodity managers that provides innovative system wide solutions to a 500 million+ expense category.

Jeike Meijer, External Vice President of Local Affairs, Associated Students; Student, Global Studies; Feminist Studies , UC Santa Barbara

Jeike Meijer (Arawak) is a member of the American Indian Student Association and also represents UC Santa Barbara Associated Students as the External Vice President of Local Affairs for the 2018-2019 school year. She works with her communities on local issues and broader political and social issues. She is a Global Studies and Feminist Studies double major entering her third year and plans to continue her activism post graduation.

Erin Meyer, MS, CropMobster Coordinator, Office of Leadership, Career and Service, UC Merced

Erin Meyer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Biology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition and a Master’s of Science in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems. She is interested and passionate about reducing food waste, decreasing food security and creating a more sustainable world. Through her role at UC Merced as the CropMobster Coordinator and through her volunteering and advocacy work, she is able to work towards these goals. She believes that these goals can be better achieved through collaboration, partnerships and community engagement and works arduously to cultivate community to better the world.

Stephen Miller*, Deputy Director, Strategic Energy Innovations

Austin Mok*, Director of Sustainability, Associated Students, UC Riverside; Undergraduate, Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Samantha M. Moore, Operations Coordinator, Associated Students Department of Public Works; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Samantha Moore is a 20 year old from San Jose, California. She is a second year environmental studies major at UC Santa Barbara. Her passion for the environment has fueled her desire to make the world a safer, more beautiful place for future generations. Growing up fifteen minutes away from the Santa Cruz Mountains established a love for nature early on in her life. Her passion has lead her to the position at the Department of Public Worms. In the work environment at the UCSB campus she is able to fully develop a vision for her future aimed toward waste management and close loop food systems.

Joshua Morejohn, PE, 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 & Engineering team 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 after spending time in the power and mechanical consulting industries he returned to UC Davis where he double-majored in Spanish and Mechanical Engineering.

Gregory Muller, MRO Commodity Manager, Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions, Strategic Procurement, UC San Diego

Greg Muller is the MRO Commodity Manager at UC San Diego’s Strategic Procurement department. He played a critical role shepherding this process to bring Spin dockless bikeshare to UCSD. Greg is the lead relationship manager between suppliers, end users and campus partners in regards to all maintenance, repair and operations. He is responsible for user adoption of e-procurement software and strategically sourced agreements and to maintain compliance with California and Federal procurement law. Greg is a graduate of Oregon State and UC Davis.

Sean Murphy*, Engineer, Enpowered Solutions

Jessica Navarro, Member, Students of Color Environmental Collective; Undergraduate Student, Environmental Economics and Policy, UC Berkeley

Jessica is a third-year student at UC Berkeley from South Bend, Indiana studying Environmental Economics and Policy with an intended minor in Food Systems. Jessica currently works as an intern at Sustainable Economies Law Center, researching Oakland’s mobile food vending policy through a racial equity lens. She also is a fellow for the Latinx and the Environment Initiative on campus and an active member of the Students of Color Environmental Collective. In the past, Jessica has worked at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm as a Farm Management and Data Systems Fellow. She is passionate about contributing to an equitable and economic food system through work at the intersection of public policy, law, and research. Furthermore, she loves to spend time in the soil, hiking, and playing soccer.

Kylie Nealis, Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns

Derek Nguyen*

Susan Norton, MSL, Project Manager, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University

Susan Norton is a Program Manager for Arizona State Universities Sustainability Practices Department. Her key roles include promoting ASU’s sustainability initiatives through the development of new programs, projects and activities, as well as the management of a campus community garden for students, staff, and faculty. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a minor in Business from Texas A & M University and a Masters of Sustainability Leadership degree from ASU. Her previous experience includes environmental education roles with the Desert Botanical Garden as TEEN Coordinator, Education Instructor with the City of Chandler, and Design Lead and Project Manager of five schoolyard habitat gardens funded with Heritage Grants from the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Other roles include Program Manager with Sherman Library and Gardens, conservation efforts with The Center for Plant Conservation as a Research Assistant, and National Tropical Botanical Gardens