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UC Santa Barbara

July 7th – 10th, 2020

2019 Speakers

Tom Abram, Energy and Sustainability Officer, Facilities Services, San Diego State University

Tom Abram is the Energy and Sustainability Officer and Assistant Director of Facilities Services at San Diego State University. 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. 

Casey Albarran, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Biology; Co-Director, Campus Center for Appropriate Technology, Humboldt State University

Casey Albarran is an Environmental Biology student at Humboldt State from El Monte, California. He grew up knowing that he wanted to help people in some way, but interestingly, he found that it was environmental damage that people have been doing on the planet that required more attention. In Los Angeles County there is not necessarily a pristine natural environment to be a part of, but he spent most of his young adult years hiking and camping in the hills and mountains of Southern California, as well as exploring the city of LA. Casey loves California’s natural history, as well as human history, and he wants to be a part of the movement that changes the way students interact with sustainable practices.

Javier Ares, Principal, Mechanical Department, McParlane & Associates, Inc.

Javier Ares has been involved with the construction industry as a mechanical engineer since 2007 and has been employed with MPA since June of 2007. Javier has developed a working knowledge of applicable codes, design practices and construction standards for mechanical systems. Javier is a dedicated individual, who is constantly searching for new knowledge to create innovation and efficiency to HVAC system design with extensive knowledge of different projects applications and constructability.

Dennis Astl, R.A., CCM, LEED AP, Manager, Construction & Facilities Planning, Palomar College

As the Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning at Palomar College, Dennis Astl is responsible for oversight of the District’s $694M Prop M bond program that is updating the District’s 50-year old facilities. His primary responsibilities include determining the appropriate delivery method for each project and the over site of the RFQ/RFP process for all projects as well as supervision of the project design and construction and managing the end user’s expectations.

Logon Babcock, President, Cal Poly Honors Program, Cal Poly Climate Change Action Research Group, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Logan Babcock was raised in northern California, and there developed a deep appreciation and affinity for the natural world. Through her higher education she has learned the value of science based activism, and how vital it is in our climate changed threatened world. Through leading CCARG and being a member of the schools Green Campus team, Logan strives to better the sustainability and climate action programs within Cal Poly.

Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP BD + C, Vice President of Sustainability, HMC Architects

Eera Babtiwale, (VP of Sustainability at HMC and United States Green Building Council IE Branch Board Member) has led the sustainable analysis, design and LEED certification for higher education projects for HMC over the past 15 years. Her efforts are making a positive impact in demonstrating how sustainable building design translates into a tangible value for higher education institutions. Eera conducted the analysis and coordinated the various components of the Mt. SAC Climate Action Plan. 

Fahmida Ahmed Bangert, Director, Sustainability and Business Services, Sustainability and Energy Management, Stanford University

With 20 years of experience in leading change and institutionalizing sustainability, today Fahmida directs Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and the campus program Sustainable Stanford (sustainable.stanford.edu). During her service, the university has earned a Platinum rating through the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with the highest score for research institutions out of 945 reporting members. Directing one of the largest sustainability offices in higher education, Fahmida designs new programs for sustainability infrastructure and practices; assesses and evaluates campus programs; directs the outreach and education portfolio; oversees performance metrics automation and display initiatives; and steers academic integration to aid ‘university as a living lab’ initiatives. Fahmida is a regular guest presenter in classrooms and an instructor with Earth Systems in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.

Aravind Batra, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President, Senior Electrical Engineer, P2S Inc.

Aravind Batra has over 25 years of experience in consulting engineering responsible for the design of numerous high-performance buildings, independent reviews of various types of buildings, and providing peer review on various renovations and new buildings projects for educational, industrial and commercial facilities. He currently serves as Vice President of P2S Inc. bringing an in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and their requirements to numerous needs assessments, systems upgrades, renovations, and new building projects on many UC and CSU campuses. Aravind has been involved with developing sustainability master plans for many campuses addressing their energy efficiency opportunities, their facilities impacts on the atmosphere, sustainable sites, water use efficiency, waste management and high-performance green building issues. He has also been instrumental in developing electrical standards for various facilities that promote energy efficient designs and help the clients standardize their systems and equipment to reduce operational and maintenance costs. His professional activities include past service as Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and recently as Membership Chair of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Long Beach Branch.

Austin Beach, Sustainable Transportation Associate, Sonoma County Junior College District

Interested in energy and greenhouse gas reduction in buildings and city wide energy production, Austin is pursing a career in the energy management field. Austin He graduated Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Planning. Austin is a part of the Climate Corps Facilities Fellowship program and worked as a Green Office Program Associate at Sonoma County Junior College District. His projects focused on energy reduction and retro-commissioning including a LED lighting and lighting controls retrofit for 15 on campus buildings.

Ryan Bell, Associate Director of Sustainability, Energy and Sustainability, UC Office of the President

Ryan Bell has over 20 years of experience advancing local climate protection efforts. In his role at the University of California Office of the President, he works on issues surrounding climate change, green buildings, sustainable transportation, zero waste, and student engagement. Prior to joining the UC system, he worked for Alameda County where he developed and implemented their “Climate Action Plan for Government Services and Operations” rolled-out new recycling programs, and lead other environmental initiatives. Ryan has worked for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and with non-profit organizations helping local governments across the U.S. and internationally reduce their environmental footprint. He coauthored the book, “Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy,” serves on Berkeley’s Energy Commission, and is on the Board of a local non-profit that offers health, safety, and energy efficiency improvements to low-income homeowners and small businesses. A normal weekend finds Ryan hiking, biking, skiing, working on the house, or playing with his kids.

Clinton S Bench, Director, Fleet and Transit, Events & Transportation, UC Los Angeles

Bench received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Before joining UCLA, he served as manager of Transit Service Planning for the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and deputy executive director of Planning with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where he implemented a landmark GreenDOT sustainability initiative and mode shift goal for the department, consistent with the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.

Bonny Bentzin, LEED AP, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability, UC Los Angeles

As Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, Bonny is a key member of the leadership team for sustainability at UCLA, helping manage sustainability across the university and working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to create a world class living laboratory for sustainability. Bonny began her career in higher education sustainability as the Assistant Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives and the Director of University Sustainability Practices at Arizona State University, where she was instrumental in designing the overarching sustainability vision and executing the campus sustainability strategy for the university. Her role as the founding Director of University Sustainability Practices included an expansive project portfolio spanning all area of operations for the University’s four campuses, as well as working on community engagement, organizational change management and the academic and research missions for the institution. She then served as the Director of Sustainability for GreenerU, a greater Boston area consulting firm focusing on the higher-ed sector in New England.

David Blekhman, PhD, Professor, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility Technical Director, CSU Los Angeles

Dr. David Blekhman is a Professor in the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Transportation program in the Department of Technology at Cal State LA. He received his B.S.-M.S. in Thermal Physics and Engineering from St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Joining Cal State LA in 2007, Dr. Blekhman has been a PI ($4 M), Co-Pi ($7.3 M) and a Senior Personnel ($7 M) on a number of grants from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Argonne Labs, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission and others. Dr. Blekhman was a key faculty in the construction of the CSULA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, currently serving as the Technical Director. He has initiated the electrical vehicle charging program on campus which currently has 19 ports. Dr. Blekhman is the lead faculty advisor for EocCAR3 and formerly EcoCAR2, Supermileage and Shell competition teams.

Melanie Bontusa, LEED AP BD&C, LEED AP HOMES, Senior Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability

Melanie Bontusa serves sustainability clients from around the country as a project manager in Brightworks Sustainability’s LA Office. Embodying Brightworks’ high-touch approach to project management, she focuses on LEED, resiliency, and sustainability planning programs for projects in the higher education, multifamily housing, technology, government, healthcare and real estate sectors.
Extensively experienced in partnering with California universities and colleges to achieve their project sustainability goals, Melanie has managed LEED programs for Caltech, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Northridge, Loyola Marymount University, Pasadena City College, SDSU, UCLA, and USC. In addition, Melanie has been involved in the sustainability master planning efforts at CSU Monterey Bay, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, and CSU Dominguez Hills. Melanie has had the pleasure of presenting at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo, and teaches an annual “Succeed at LEED” Workshop at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center.

Michel Boudrias, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, University of San Diego

Ilana Braverman, Program Manager, Farm Forward

Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science Ilana recognized the environmental impact of today’s farmed animal industry and has passionately worked to end factory farming ever since. She holds a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and previously served as Program Associate for a Jewish animal welfare organization, the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute. At Farm Forward Ilana works with institutions to promotes “less and better” animal products as part of the Leadership Circle program.

Eden Brukman, Senior Green Building Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Eden Brukman is Senior Green Building Coordinator at San Francisco Department of the Environment. She has focused her career on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat: Eden coauthored Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global deployment 2007-2012; served as the first Technical Director of Health Product Declaration Collaborative; and contributed to the early development of other programs including Pharos Project, Declare, and EcoDistricts. Also a licensed architect, her advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups in cities all over the world.

Eric Bryan, ASI Recycling Coordinator, CSU Long Beach

Eric Bryan is the current Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students Incorporated at Long Beach State University. Though his training is in journalism, Eric was trained in the ways of recycling and sustainability during his college years, has traded writing newspapers for processing them. In his time at the university, he has helped lead the ASI Recycling Center, Sustain U, and the Grow Beach Organic Garden to places of both growth and success, something he is excited to see continue in the future.

Jillian Buckholz, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, Academic Affairs, CSU East Bay

Jillian Buckholz is the first Director of Sustainability on the Cal State East Bay campus where she is responsible for managing campus sustainability efforts, including: an annual greenhouse gas inventory; 5-year climate action plan; comprehensive campus sustainability assessment; project-based student internship program; campus sustainability committee and associated task forces; and educational programming. Prior to coming to Cal State East Bay, Jillian was the Senior Programs Coordinator at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She was the first sustainability coordinator in the California State University (CSU) system at CSU, Chico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Geography and Planning from CSU, Chico.

Ana Camaddo, Edible Campus Program Student Coordinator, UC Santa Barbara

Matthew R Campa, Recent Alumnus, Environmental Studies; Environmental Affairs Board Liaison, Environmental Justice Alliance; Intern, Program for the Assessment and Certification for the Environment and Sustainability (PACES), Sustainability Program, UC Santa Barbara

Matthew Campa is a senior undergrad Environmental Studies Major at the University of California Santa Barbara. In his time at UCSB Matthew has held an two positions within UCSB Sustainability, as a PACES Green Certification Coordinator and a CHESC Event Coordinator, in addition to being a core member of the Environmental Affairs Board as the IV Earth Day planner. Matthew was heavily involved in the creation of the Environmental Justice Alliance (EJA) – the first UCSB EJ advocacy group in Associated Students – and now serves as the EAB and EJA liaison.

Mike Carey, Sustainability Coordinator, Administrative Services, 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.

Deirdre Carter, P.E., Energy and Sustainability Manager, Sustainable Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Deirdre Carter works on reducing Berkeley’s Lab electricity, natural gas, and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through building energy management and efficiency to meet DOE and University of California sustainability goals. She holds a 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.

Valeree Catangay, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellow, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative: Student, Environmental Science, UC Los Angeles

Valeree Catangay is a 4th year undergraduate at UCLA studying Environmental Science. As a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow for the UC, she helps engage the UCLA community in UC’s climate goals through multimedia communications projects and events. Valeree is also a Brower Youth Award Recipient and co-founder of the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA, a space that amplifies the narratives of black, indigenous, and people of color environmentalists. She aspires to help large businesses solve their sustainability challenges and promote positive change for society and the environment.

Daniel Chau, Recycling Coordinator, Recycling & Waste Reduction Program, UC San Francisco

Daniel Chau is the Recycling Coordinator for UCSF. He has been at the University for over 8 years and has worked in the field for over 13 years. He went to UC Davis and received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Horticulture. He has a passion for zero waste and to learn more about the nuances of the field and how to live a more sustainable life.

Zohir Chowdhury, Associate Professor, School of Public Health – Division of Environmental Health, San Diego State University

Dr. Zohir Chowdhury joined SDSU in the Fall of 2007 as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health (EH) Division in the School of Public Health. Dr. Chowdhury completed a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. Prior to joining SDSU, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher and a Lecturer in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Chowdhury’s research interests are in Air Pollution focusing on particulate matter (PM)-both in urban and in rural regions as well as in indoor and in outdoor environments. Particulate matter air pollution has been of concern not only in the US but all over the world since it causes respiratory and cardiac problems, visibility reduction, and a documented effect on global warming. Dr. Chowdhury’s research seeks to characterize this particulate matter (PM) air pollution, develop instruments and methods to measure it, and understand its health effects. He is a member of the American Association of Aerosol Research, Air & Waste Management Association, and International Society of Exposure Analysis.

Mike Conroy, Vice President of Operations, Level 10 Construction

With more than 22 years of construction experience in the San Diego area and throughout California, Mike has managed and overseen projects from the construction of new campuses to occupied facility additions and commercial renovations. He has helped clients in multiple industries, including education clients such as Stanford University; the University of California, San Diego; Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District; and entertainment clients such as SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Mike’s approach is centered on finding a value-added approach that is tailored specifically to each client. His attention to employee development, innovation and client satisfaction supports the ideals upon which Level 10 was founded.

Karina Coronado, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University

Karina Coronado identifies as a Hispanic female who is actively transforming her family’s social and economic history via being a first generation college student. Throughout her childhood and onto her teens, she and her family visited the majority of her family in a pueblo located in Sonora, Mexico. Experiencing most extended school breaks in Sonora as a developing human she often found herself curious about the explicit contrast between environmental and social norms situated both in Sonora and in California. Since then she has continually been drawn to exploring the social theory, pedagogy, and different tones of environmentalism.

Mackenzie Hope Crigger, MBA, Energy and Sustainability Manager, 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.

Shawn Cun, PE, Energy & Utilities Manager, Physical Planning & Facilities Management, CSU Long Beach

Shawn Cun recently joined CSULB as its new Energy and Utility Manager. Shawn is a registered professional engineer with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. Before coming to CSULB, Shawn worked at UCLA as an Energy Engineer and then moved into the role of Energy Manager/Project Manager for the El Monte Union High School District where he worked on a range of projects including LED lighting upgrades, solar PV, and HVAC upgrades. Shawn is excited to be here and looks forward to working alongside many of you in the future.

Brian Currier, PE, Research Engineer, Office of Water Program, Sacramento State Office of Water Programs

Brian is a research engineer with the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Brian has been involved in stormwater research since 1997 and has performed numerous full-scale BMP evaluations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Stormwater Quality Association and co-chairs the Training Subcommittee.

Ellen Curtis, Director of Marketing and Communication, Marketing and Communication Department, Cal Poly Corporation, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ellen spent 20-plus years working on some of the world’s top brands as a copywriter, creative director, social media director and agency owner before joining the corporation in 2015. She now leads the planning, development and implementation of all marketing and communications programs for university food services, stores and other corporation activities. Ellen has received more than 200 major awards for her work’s creativity and effectiveness. She holds a bachelor’s in communication from Boston University.

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

As Director of University Sustainability Practices and Deputy Sustainability Operations Officer at Arizona State University, Mick Dalrymple leads a high-performing team to help the 125,000+ member ASU community reach its ambitious sustainability goals. Focusing on collaboration, policy, implementation, metrics and the development of a culture of sustainability has powered ASU’s significant progress. Previously, Dalrymple created and led project teams to address sustainability opportunities in Albania, Guatemala, Italy and the U.S. related to circular economy, green schools, energy efficiency, sustainable neighborhoods, algal biofuels, and aquifer sustainability. Dalrymple committed himself to sustainability action in 2001 during a successful career in film and television production and as a produced screenwriter. He co-founded an environmental building materials business, has served on the national board of directors of the US Green Building Council, and currently teaches a graduate/undergraduate workshop course on Designing a Living Building

Elizabeth Deyett, PhD Candidate, Botany and Plant Science, UC Riverside

Elizabeth is a PhD Candidate in Genetics Genomics and Bioinformatics at UCR, studying sustainable agriculture in the form of microbiome mediated pesticide reduction. In addition to her studies, she is a committed member to sustainability, planning her campuses 2017-2018 Earth Weeks and leading the green labs initiative at UCR. Elizabeth has been the recipient of the UC CNI fellowship and currently serves as the UCR GFI ambassador. 

Christopher W Dilbeck, PhD, Air Pollution Specialist, Monitoring and Laboratory Division, California Air Resources Board

As an Air Pollution Specialist at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Christopher leads a team that develops regulations and strategies to reduce smog-forming emissions from lawn and garden equipment and other small engines in California. CARB is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. Christopher has been with CARB since 2014. Prior to that, he worked in air quality consulting in Orange County. Christopher attended Pepperdine University for undergraduate studies and University of California Irvine for graduate studies, both in Chemistry.

Ally DiSera, President, Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives, Water Program Assistant, Arizona State University (USP) Sustainability Practices

Ally DiSera is a full time out-of-state undergraduate student at Arizona State University. She is currently a junior and studying a double major in Sustainability and Business Supply Chain Management. Ally grew up in Oahu, Hawaii; lived in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and moved to Arizona State University to pursue Sustainability at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She has been actively involved with the student organization Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives for three years- this past full academic year fulfilling the presidential role. Currently she is employed at the ASU University Sustainability Practices department as a Water Program assistant. Ally is the project leader of the P’EED OFF Initiative, as well as a co-founder of The Constellation Initiative- a sustainability network platform for sustainability initiatives and best practices from student leaders and organizations at universities across Arizona. 

Michael Dray, Operations Manager, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Cal State LA

Mr. Dray has been the Technical Operations Manager at the Cal State LA Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility since 2013. He received his JD in May 1999 from the Capital University Law School (ABA accredited) with Cum laude honors. He was admitted to the California Bar 2008 and Ohio bar in 1999. He received his BA in May 1992 from the Capital University with Cum laude honors in political science with a chemistry minor. Senior Agent- Property Tax, right of way, real estate and claims power plant chemical and instrumentation technician. 

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

Dennis Elliot serves as the Director of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability in the Facilities Management and Development Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Certified Energy Manager. In his 36 years at Cal Poly, Dennis has helped manage building HVAC and central plants; utility metering, building automation and SCADA systems; energy and water conservation programs; educational outreach and curriculum infusion; LEED Certification and AASHE STARS programs; Master Planning and Strategic Planning; Zero Waste Programs and the campus’ Climate Action Plan. Dennis helped found and still mentors Cal Poly’s Green Campus Program, serves on the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee, and chairs the campus Sustainability Advisory Committee.

John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer, Laboratory Directorate Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Lowrence 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, building performance data architecture, renewables, water efficiency, electric vehicles, employee engagement, waste diversion, and living laboratory collaboration. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, consulting on efficiency and renewables to native American tribes, and leading a professional services team implementing energy software solutions for utilities and energy market operators. He holds a masters degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a bachelors in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Frida Endinjok, Graduate Student, MPH Candidate, Health Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences, CSU Northridge

Frida graduated from CSUN with her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Sustainability. During her undergrad, she was involved in research as a BUILD PODER and Presidential Scholar, She worked at the Marilyn Magaram Center as the project coordinator and research assistant for the Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education Program “Let’s Grow Healthy”. She also worked with medical and public health faculty at the University of Southern California. During her time at CSUN, she helped establish the Food Recovery Network with the mission of fighting food waste while feeding those in need. Her interest in civic engagement allowed her to serve as the Preside for Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society and Associated Students Chair of Sustainability. She is passionate about bringing sustainable and healthy food sources in the community.

Elida Erickson, Director, Sustainability Office, UC Santa Cruz

Elida Erickson joined the University of California, Santa Cruz campus in 2005, and the Sustainability Office in 2011. Over the years, she has collaborated with the local community, students, faculty and staff to support the goal of Zero Waste by 2020, as well as reduce campus water usage by 25% at the height of the California statewide drought in 2014-15. In her current role as Sustainability Director, she is a strong advocate for student engagement and empowerment, and is passionate about challenging the environmental movement to be more open to diverse cultural interpretations of sustainability. Elida holds a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University.

Alison Erlenbach, Senior Program Manager, Pacific Gas and 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.

Stacey Eymann, Financial Aid Advisor, Chair of the Healthy Campus Network Financial Health Subcommittee, UC Santa Barbara 

Stacey Eymann is an Advisor in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at UCSB. Her career in Higher Education spans over 18 years. She is passionate about the work she does each day to influence the lives of students and the campus community. Currently at UCSB, she chairs the Financial Health subcommittee for the University’s Healthy Campus Network. In this role, she recently oversaw the project of launching UCSB’s Career Clothing Closet, which has been recognized across campus as an innovative new resource for serving students.

Erin Fabris, Sustainability Manager, Dining/Housing & Hospitality, UC Los Angeles

As Sustainability Manager for Housing & Hospitality Services at UCLA, 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 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 Housing. She holds a Bachelors in Marine Biology and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara.

Nicolas Fauchier-Magnan, Energy Engineering Supervisor, Facilities: Energy & Engineering, UC Davis

Nico works as a senior engineer for the Energy engineering team at the University of California, Davis. His team makes campus buildings more energy-efficient through no-cost and low-cost optimizations of the HVAC systems. This involves both focused projects on individual campus buildings, as well as cross-campus analyses and optimizations. Nico is a licensed mechanical engineer, and has 10 years of experience in the field of building energy efficiency in California and Switzerland.

Julia Feldman, Co-President, Isla Vista Trading Post; Event Coordinator, CHESC

Julia Feldman is a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara, with a degree in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Technology Management. She has always been fascinated with fashion, however she found her passion for sustainability in college. She has worked for UCSB Sustainability for two years, helping to implement the Green Events Certificate program as well as helping the planning and execution of CHESC. To combine her love of fashion and sustainability, as well as utilize her entrepreneurial skills, Julia became the Co-President of Isla Vista Trading Post, an organization that aims to create a circular economy of clothing in Isla Vista. Julia hopes to pursue her long term career goals of working in the sustainable fashion field, and she is one step closer to that goal by working at the shoe brand Teva!

Mackenzie Feldman, Founder, Herbicide-Free UC, UC Berkeley

Mackenzie graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 with a degree in Society and Environment and a minor in Food Systems. She was the UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador for UC Berkeley, and the founder of the Herbicide-Free Cal campaign. Mackenzie has now expanded the campaign into a UC-wide Herbicide-Free campaign with the mission of stopping the use of toxic herbicides across all University of California campuses. Mackenzie is also a Food Sovereignty Research Assistant for the FAO and is writing a plant-based cookbook with her mom that she plans to finish by next year. 

Daniel M. Fernandez, PhD, Professor and Coordinator, Environmental Studies, School of Natural Sciences, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez has been a professor at CSUMB for 24 years. He teaches physics and classes in sustainability, systems thinking, infrastructure, and capstone for Environmental Studies students. He also ran, for 9 years, a yearly conference on sustainability entitled Focus On Community And University Sustainability (FOCUS) and has brought many speakers to CSUMB, including Dr. David Orr and Dr. Fritjof Capra. He currently coordinates the Environmental Studies program and has developed and runs the Sustainable City Year Program at CSUMB, which partners the needs of regional cities with relevant class projects. He also serves on the steering committee of the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. His research involves collection of water from fog and he has deployed and maintains 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, Interim Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing – Facilities Management, UC Office of the President

Adrian Ferreira has worked in the UC system for 16 years, acting as a Material Coordinator and then Senior Buyer for UC San Diego’s Health System, serving as the Procurement Manager for UC San Diego Housing, Dining, and Hospitality, and becoming an MRO Strategic Commodity Manager in 2015. For the past three 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. He loves food and anything on two wheels.

John Foran, PhD, Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

John Foran is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and teaches courses on climate change and climate justice, activism and movements for radical social change, and issues of development and globalization beyond capitalism. He is the author of Fragile Resistance: Social Transformation in Iran from 1500 to the Revolution (1993) and Taking Power: On the Origins of Revolutions in the Third World (2005). He is a scholar-activist in the global climate justice movement, the center of the struggle for achieving social justice and radical social change in the 21st century. A lot of his work is published at www.resilience.org. It can also be found at the International Institute of Climate Action and Theory [www.iicat.org]. He is an active member of Transition US, Democratic Socialists of America, System Change Not Climate Change, the Green Party of California, and Symbiosis Revolution.

Stephanie Fowler, Student Garden Mentor, Riverside City College Urban Farm, Riverside City College

Stephanie Fowler grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yucaipa High School. At Riverside City College she is working on her undergraduate studies in hopes to transfer to university in 2020. She is currently the President of the Student Sustainability Collective on campus, a student garden mentor in the RCC Urban Farm, a WRPI Community Water Intern, and a Riverside Food Rescue and Waste Reduction Ambassador. Stephanie plans to major in Biology.

Jerrold Fox, AIA, Project Director, AC Martin Higher Education Studio, AC Martin

Jerrold is a Project Director at AC Martin. He is a licensed architect and has over 20 years of experience working on research and teaching laboratory projects in California and Michigan. Jerrold received his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan. He is well ­versed in a wide range of building types and brings substantial experience to projects in both new and renovated spaces. He has served as a Project Manager and Designer on many technically complex projects from prominent biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare and higher education clients. His design and technical expertise, knowledge of building codes, practical experience in the field, and strong commitment to excellent service have helped him to translate many clients’ specialized goals and needs into successfully built projects.

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

Joe Fullerton applies his passion for accessible, high-quality education as Energy and Sustainability Manager at San Mateo County Community College District. Here he has modeled a comprehensive suite of programs that generate synergistic academic and operational benefits by using the Campus as a Living Laboratory. In addition to his role at SMCCCD, Joe is helping accelerate Education for Sustainable Development efforts throughout the California Community College system, is an advisor for Peninsula Clean Energy and Faculty Associate of Communications for Sustainability Leadership at Arizona State University.

Brie Fulton, Sustainability Program Manager; Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brie Fulton is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Sustainable 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. 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 sbl.lbl.gov

Carmen Gachupin, Director, Parking & Transportation Services, Department of Public Safety, Cal State Los Angeles

Carmen Gachupin is currently the Director of Parking & Transportation Services at Cal State University, Los Angeles where she has been employed for over 30 years. She successfully completed her college education with a business degree from Cal State L.A. and certification in transportation demand management from Cal State Fullerton. Carmen oversees two programs that consist of 25 staff employees and 35 student workers. Her dedication to the university is made known by her enthusiasm and involvement in projects and committees pertaining to quality customer service, special events, parking, transportation, innovative programs and campus development projects.

Tim Galarneau, Education & Research Specialist, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz

Abbi Gregory, Assistant Complex Coordinator Family Student Housing, Residential and Community Living, UC Santa Barbara

Abbi graduated from UC Santa Barbara with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2017. For the past two years, she has been working as the Assistant Complex Coordinator for Family Student Housing within UCSB Residential and Community Living. Abbi was first introduced to the garden community and various UCSB Sustainability Programs through direct work in her role. Tasked with bringing new management to UCSB Housing’s community gardens, she collaborated with campus partners, streamlined marketing and communication, redistributed space for resource efficiency, facilitated access to garden resources and expanded access to garden education across campus.

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris, Sustainability Manager, Safety Health & Sustainability, California State University, San Marcos

Juliana Goodlaw-Morris is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CSUSM Sustainability Master Plan and the overall holistic approach to sustainability. She 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. Juliana works closely with the operational side of the campus to reach our zero waste, energy and water reduction goals. She is committed to connecting sustainability with social justice and diversity and collaborates closely with our Office of Inclusive Excellence. In demonstration of this commitment, for the 2018-2019 academic year, Juliana was honored with CSUSM President’s Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. Juliana holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Community Development and Social Action Training from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. Her BA is in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kaitlin Gibbons, Registered Dietitian and Sustainability Coordinator, Campus Dining/Cal Poly Corporation, California Poly San Luis Obispo

Kaitlin Gibbons joined the Cal Poly Campus Dining team in 2018. As the Registered Dietitian and Sustainability Coordinator, she helps drive wellness and sustainability within Campus Dining and beyond. Prior to coming to Cal Poly, Kaitlin worked in healthcare for 8 years. Most recently she served as the Director of Food and Nutrition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where used healthy choice architecture and a focus on sustainable food to help change the hospital food environment. Kaitlin holds a bachelors degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  

David Gilliland, P.E., Energy Efficiency Consultant, kW Engineering

David is a professionally-licensed mechanical engineer who has been working in the field of demand-side energy management for nearly 15 years. In his role as Director at kW Engineering, David specializes in retro-commissioning, implementation support, measurement and verification, and portfolio-level energy management for high tech commercial customers and higher education clients. David has also supported numerous utility programs throughout the state, providing both project and program-level consultation for custom incentive programs, retro-commissioning programs, self-generation incentive programs, and emerging technology measurement and evaluation projects

Martin Grant, LEED-AP BD+C, Program Manager, Capital Construction, Design and Construction Services, CSU Long Beach

Martin Grant has a background in planning and project management both in the private and public sectors. He has been with the CSU system for the past 12 years, during which time he has held project management and planning positions both with the CSU Long Beach campus and the CSU Office of the Chancellor. In his current role as Program Manager, Capital Construction with the Long Beach campus he oversees large renovation and new building construction projects form design through completion of construction.

Libby Gustin, MBA, PhD, Associate Professor, Hospitality Management, CSU Long Beach

Libby Gustin has over 20 years’ experience in the Hospitality Industry and 20 years of teaching experience in the United States and Europe. Her research focus, sustainable foods, looks at how to shift the current food system to provide health for people, planet and profit while upholding the 4 pillars of food security. This is practically applied in the community through service learning. She helped start and maintain a campus garden, a farm to student program and developed an intervention tool that can be widely used across the nation (a sustainable cooking show on Beach TV and You Tube).

Dotty Hage, Energy & Project Manager, Facilities, Pomona College

An experienced projects and energy manager who utilizes a variety of data science tools to analyze data and automate processes. As an energy manager, Python is the preferred programming language in analyzing data. As a certified project manager (PMP), the standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI) are adhered to. Proven record of successfully managing projects by applying PMP and CSM concepts and processes in a variety of fields. Demonstrated ability to successfully lead all aspects of the product and project life cycle. In essence, a data scientist energy manager who can manage projects successfully.

Alyssa Hagerbrant, Associate Project Coordinator, Higher Education, Strategic Energy Innovations

Alyssa Hagerbrant supports SEI’s K-college and workforce development programs. Prior to joining SEI, Alyssa worked at the City of Phoenix Public Works Department where she acted as a grant writer for the department and managed communications to residents concerning the city’s zero waste initiatives and goals. In addition, Alyssa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Phoenix and implemented a mayor’s initiative mini-grant program to improve the connectivity and sustainability of low-income communities throughout Phoenix. Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Theater from Skidmore College in upstate New York.

Michal Hanson, Conference Coordinator, This Way to Sustainability Conference, CSU Chico

Michal Hanson is a third year student at Chico State, working towards a degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Atmosphere and Climate. Currently, she acts as the Assistant Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students Sustainability Center, one of the Co-Lead Coordinators for the This Way to Sustainability Conference, and sits on the Campus Sustainability Committee. Michal believes that change starts with you, and that we as a community need to join together and make changes in our personal lives to help the environment, whether big or small.

Rachel Harvey, PhD, Sustainability Program Manager, UCI 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. 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. Bringing an appreciation of place, culture, and social issues, Rachel has several years of experience in non-profit outreach, event coordination, volunteer management, and sustainability consulting. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Florida. Before coming to UCI, she additionally taught classes on anthropology, tourism, and African studies for the University of Florida and the University of Hawai‘i system.

Irma Henderson, Director, Transportation & Parking Services, UC Riverside

Ray Hernandez, Dean, Science Math and Technology, Skyline College

Lily House-Peters, PhD, Assistant Professor & University Resilience Commitment Coordinator, CSU Long Beach

Dr. Lily House-Peters is Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science in the Department of Geography and serves as the Resilience Commitment Coordinator for California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her research and teaching focus on climate action and climate justice, including expertise in climate change adaptation and mitigation, water resource management, mining and resource extraction governance, and urban resilience. As the Resilience Commitment Coordinator, she leads CSULB’s Resilience Working Group and facilitates the Campus-Community Coalition for Climate Resilience, a network of diverse campus and community partners, with the goal of utilizing comprehensive planning to enhance campus climate action and adaptation.

Eric Hough, PMP, Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities

Eric Hough is a Project Management Professional with over 10 years of experience in various water reuse applications. He is the Vice President of Western Region Business Development for NSU. Eric has extensive project delivery experience in water, wastewater, and reuse projects, including disciplines such as engineering, manufacturing, construction, and on-going operations. His passion for sustainability and forward-thinking community development drives him to identify and implement new opportunities for water reuse in the arid western US. Eric holds a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from The Ohio State University and is a continuing contributor to numerous global clean-water initiatives, charities and professional organizations. His current focus is to deliver safe, clean drinking water to under-served schoolhouses in Eastern Sri Lanka.

Farid Ibrahim, PE, SE, LEED AP, Director of Preconstruction Services, Clark Pacific

Farid has 35 years of experience in assisting clients, owners, designers, and builders achieve success with innovative design and cost-effective sustainable prefabricated building solutions. After graduating from University of Colorado in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Farid began his career in consulting as a Design Engineer and Project Manager where his focus was on analysis, design and field inspection of various commercial, industrial and residential structures. He started his career in prefabricated concrete building systems in 1985 where he filled such positions as Design Engineer, Project Manager, Quality Control Manager, Engineering Manager and Field Operations Manager. Currently, at Clark Pacific for the last 15 years, Farid’s responsibilities have included account management, project estimating and budgeting as well as development of proposals. His latest accomplishment was the development and marketing of Clark PARC, a pre-engineered productized parking solution based on standards and best practices. Farid is well-known in the parking industry for his success in design-assist and design-build delivery utilizing prefabricated concrete solutions. Farid is a licensed professional engineer in three states, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Product Manager. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the US Resiliency Council as well as several technical committees and councils.

 

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

Jennifer Jay earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the last sixteen years, she has been a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, with an appointment in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. She specializes in the fate and transport of chemical and microbial contaminants in the environment. Her research addresses a wide range of topics including coastal water quality, heavy metals in the environment, environmental proliferation of antibiotic resistance, and the impacts of environmental education on the carbon footprint of dietary choices. She teaches classes in Aquatic Chemistry, Statistics, Chemical Fate and Transport, and Food: A Lens for Environment and Sustainability. She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and two engineering school-wide awards for excellence in teaching. In addition, she was the Pritzker Fellow for Environmental Sustainability and a Carnegie Fellow for Civic Engagement in Higher Education. Jennifer also directs the Center for Environmental Research and Community Engagement (CERCE), a UCLA Center that addresses community-based environmental research questions in under-served communities in Los Angeles.

Sarah Johnson, Sustainability Program Analyst, Institute for Sustainability, CSU Northridge

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

Lindsey Kalkbrenner is the Director of Santa Clara University’s Center for Sustainability. She was hired as SCU’s first sustainability coordinator in 2006. She fosters collaboration among campus stakeholders, develops a culture of sustainability among the university community, and has built the Center for Sustainability around an internship program designed to provide students with opportunities to develop experience as change agents for sustainability. Lindsey holds a BS in biology and an MBA, both from Santa Clara University. She was born and raised in Hawaii.In 2014, CHESC recognized Lindsey with a Sustainability Champion Award. The Center for Sustainability, a program of University Operations, has a staff of 4, 16 paid undergraduate interns, 2 student fellows, 2 faculty associates, and 6 staff associates. SCU earned a Gold Rating in AASHE’s STARS, and is consistently listed among top U.S. higher education institutions in Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools.

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

Dave is Fovea’s principal in charge of customer engagement, technology management, and business development. 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 attended the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Nurit Katz, MBA, Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Officer, Facilities Management, UC Los Angeles

As UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Ms. Katz works to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to create a world class living laboratory for sustainability. She also serves as Executive Officer for Facilities Management, which provides a wide range of services including the maintenance and renovation of building, grounds, and utility infrastructure. Additionally, she is an Instructor for UCLA Extension and Lecturer for UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Nurit holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University.

Bavneet Kaur, Basic Needs Coordinator, Office of Leadership Service and Career, UC Merced

Bavneet Kaur is the Basic Needs Coordinator in the Office of Leadership, Service and Career at the University of California, Merced. Bavneet holds a Bachelors and Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She manages the daily operations and programmatic activities of the Basic Needs initiatives; specifically focused on providing resources such as nutritious food, nutrition education/workshops, stable housing and financial wellness to support student success. She also serves as co-chair for the campus Basic Needs Committee and system-wide Basic Needs Subcommittee.

Danielle Kemp, RD, Dietitian, Purchasing, and Systems Manager, Residential Dining Services, Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises, UC Santa Barbara

Danielle Kemp serves as the Dietitian, Purchasing, and Systems Manager for University of California Santa Barbara Residential Services, Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Enterprises. 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 food service industries and is enthusiastic about teaching others about nutrition and working towards healthy lifestyles.

Haven Kiers, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Human Ecology, UC Davis

Haven is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. Before joining UC Davis as a professor, she worked as design principal for Restoration Landscaping Company and as special projects manager at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

Lin King, Manager, Cal Zero Waste, UC Berkeley

Lin managed the R4 Recycling Program at UC Davis for fifteen years and Cal Zero Waste at UC Berkeley for the past eight years.  UC Berkeley has won the Pac-12/ Green Sports Alliance Road to Zero Waste Basketball competition five consecutive years. Lin initiated the zero waste building program for Chou Hall and it received the first academic building to be certified TRUE Zero Waste at the Platinum level by USGBC. He is the founder and Vice Chair of the newly created Zero Waste Campus Council under the California Resource Recovery Association. He was the founder and Chair of the Zero Waste College and University Technical Committee under the TRUE Zero Waste Program of the USGBC. He has also served on the Board of the College and University Recycling Coalition and California Resource Recovery Association. 

Wyatt Kozelka, Energy, Education, and Facilities Fellow, Facilities and Academic, San Jose City College

Wyatt concentrated on Energy and Climate at Humboldt State University, in the environmental science degree program. He has completed multiple internships focused on energy analysis and modeling for renewable energy projects and microgrids. These have included Hazel Engineering, Blue Lake Rancheria, and Redwood Coast Energy Authority.

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.

Michelle La, MBA, TRUE Advisor; Zero Waste Specialist; Cal Zero Waste, Facilities Services; UC Berkeley

Michelle is a Zero Waste Specialist for University of California, Berkeley, focusing on building a culture of zero waste on the Berkeley campus through education, promotion and operational projects, increasing waste awareness and operational efficiency. She previously worked as Sustainability Specialist for Ching Luh Group in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam developing a baseline environmental sustainability report for the VH factory, analyzing data and practices surrounding energy use, water use, waste disposal and chemical discharge, identifying key trends and patterns, and providing strategic sustainability recommendations based on the findings. She has actively chaired and participated in a number of zero waste organizations, including the newly founded Zero Waste Campus Council, a technical council of CRRA. She holds a MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business. Prior to graduate school, she was the Waste Reduction and Recycling Coordinator at University of California, Davis.

Kristen Lee, Sustainability Programs Manager, Sustainability Office, Business & Administrative Services, UC Santa Cruz

Kristen currently works as a Sustainability Programs Manager in the Sustainability Office at UC Santa Cruz. They supervise both the student Zero Waste Team & the Student Sustainability Advisor program, a peer-to-peer sustainability education program in Housing. Kristen has worked in sustainability in 5 institutions of higher education in 5 different states, ranging from small private liberal arts colleges to Ivy League to large state institutions. In Kristen’s free time, they enjoy hanging out with their 26 chickens and raising money for climate action by cycling for long distances

Sage Lenier, Student, Environmental Studies, Conservation & Resource Studies, UC Berkeley

Sage is a 20-year-old rising senior at Cal studying environmental politics, corporate social responsibility, and resource management, with a minor in French. She wrote her course, Zero Waste: Solutions for a Sustainable Future, to serve as a comprehensive guide for living with a changing climate and resource limitations with scalable, positive solutions and has taught it to 165 students thus far. In addition to teaching and her coursework, she works for the UCB Office of Sustainability as a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, leads the ASUC Senate’s Department of Zero Waste, and serves as Director of Sustainability for her sorority.

David Liebman, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Capital Projects, 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 a Energy & Sustainability Capital bond program over $39 million dollars. Additionally David is project manager for the SRJC Urban Microgird Project and Sonoma County Living Learning Landscapes. When not saving the planet, David spends his time rock climbing, backpacking and eating copious amounts of Thai Food.

Stephanie Lopez, 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.

Adonia Lugo,  PhD, Affiliate Faculty in Urban Sustainability, Antioch Univeristy Los Angeles

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Adonia E. Lugo is Affiliate Faculty in the Urban Sustainability MA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. In addition to her role as an educator, Adonia practices urban sustainability through supporting community-based organization People for Mobility Justice as an advisory board co-chair, serving as Board President for the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust (BVCLT), co-organizing The Untokening, a national network of people of color who work in sustainable transportation and mobility justice, and consulting with Pueblo, a social justice planning firm. She lives in Los Angeles.  

Andrea Luna, Student, Environmental Justice Associate, UC Berkeley

Andrea Luna is a first-generation junior transfer student in the College of Natural Resources, majoring in Society and the Environment. 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.

Amanda Maki, Student intern, Facilities Energy Management, Stanford University

Amanda Maki is a graduate student at Stanford University, pursuing a master of science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, within the Atmosphere and Energy program, and she holds a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Sciences from UCLA. Amanda has worked with local governments on their environmental and energy programs for a few years before graduate school. Her passions are in the sustainability and energy efficiency fields, and she hopes to continue to pursue a career in energy, environmental, and green buildings in the future.

Hannah Malan, MSPH, PhD Student, Fielding School of Public Health, UC Los Angeles

Hannah is a doctoral student in the Community Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health where she studies the food environment, food literacy, and health promotion. She received her Master of Science in Public Health from UCLA and BA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Pablo Martin, MA, Associate Professor of Sustainability, Journalism, and Communication Studies, Arts & Humanities Department; Sustainability Program, San Diego Miramar College

Pablo Martin earned his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Santa Cruz and his M.A. in Communication from SDSU. He is currently working on a second M.A. in Environmental Studies and Sustainability in SDSU’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences. He began his teaching career as a junior lifeguard instructor in Solana Beach before going on to teach English and Video Production at Torrey Pines High School. Pablo taught Communication and Mass Media courses at several colleges throughout San Diego County before earning tenure at Miramar College where he hopes to develop an even more robust Sustainability Program. In addition to his love for the classroom, Pablo is passionate about civic, social, and environmental concerns. Toward those ends, he has worked with labor groups and think tanks, coordinated community and college events, and collaborated with neighbors to create a recreation area for kids.

Joey Martinez, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Management, CSU Sacramento

Joey Martinez is the Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for Sacramento State where he has helped to steer the University’s award-winning waste diversion and recycling programs. Stressing ‘success through collaboration,’ he has helped to build bridges between Facilities Management, Academics, and the greater Sacramento community. He is a proud member of the Cal Recycle sponsored SAGE Committee which brings together waste diversion specialists from a wide range of state agencies and departments. He loves watching old surfing movies and prides himself on being the biggest music snob he knows. He’d rather be in sandals and a hoodie.

Zuhair Mased, Director, Energy Sustainability and Engineering, UC Merced

Zuhair Mased is an electrical engineer by education with a Masters in Energy Management. Currently, he is the director of Energy, Engineering and Sustainability at UC Merced. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED O&M, LEED NC, and a Certified Existing Commission professional. He is also a graduate of NRLE Energy Exec Leader5ship program. Prior to me joining UC Merced, I was the associate Director for Utilities and Energy Management at University of Iowa. He was also a LEED energy management Engineer at Seattle City Light. Some of his latest accomplishments include a 5.2 MW solar system and he is currently working on a Biogas project that will bring Biogas from MCRWA landfill to UC Merced.

Mark Maxwell, Interim Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, UC Merced

Mark is the Interim Director of Sustainability and is responsible for managing, tracking, and 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 lectures a LEED Lab Class where students certify existing buildings on campus under the LEED Operation and Maintenance certification program. Mark also leads 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.

David McClintock, Marketing Director, EcoVadis

David has a strong passion for bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use. Before joining EcoVadis in 2014, David was co-founder and CMO at Xform Computing, a cloud computing and mobile apps startup. David has a strong passion for bringing complex technologies to productive, everyday use. Before joining EcoVadis in 2014, David was co-founder and CMO at Xform Computing, a cloud computing and mobile apps startup. Prior to that he was VP Marketing at Cogi.com, and Director of Product Management at Callwave, Inc., both in VoIP-related technology and services. David holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Matthew Scott McCluney, AICP, Senior Campus Planner, Campus Planning & Development, CSU Monterey Bay

Matthew McCluney is the Senior Campus Planner at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He has campus planning experience at two public universities, where he has focused on sustainable transportation and comprehensive land use planning. While at Old Dominion University, Matthew planned and implemented a new in-house operated shuttle circulator program and drafted a university bicycle use policy. Since starting work at CSUMB in 2016, he has helped facilitate the recent Campus Master Plan update draft, including it’s environmental review under CEQA, launched an e-scooter contracted pilot program and contributed to planning and design of several capital projects. His professional passions focus on sustainable transportation and supporting student success through planning for healthy urban spaces that inspire students to become stewards of their communities.

Ann McCormick, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Newcomb | Anderson | McCormick; Senior Vice President, Willdan

Ann McCormick has been an active member of the energy efficiency community in Northern California for over 25 years. She is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco based energy engineering and management consulting firm devoted exclusively to solving energy and sustainability issues. She is responsible for technical and managerial oversight of the firm’s major projects and programs and has been involved with CHESC and the higher education IOU partnerships since 2005. Ms. McCormick serves as President on the Public Utilities Board overseeing Alameda Municipal Power and also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council. She holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a BSME from Michigan State University. She is a Registered Mechanical Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Emma McCurry, Food Systems Fellow, Center for Sustainability, Santa Clara University

Emma is an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University from West Linn, Oregon. A rising junior, Emma is majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Environmental Studies. After taking an Honors course on Food System Sustainability and Change, Emma became a Real Food Challenge Fellow for the Office of Sustainability at Santa Clara University for 2019. She is interested in promoting equity and sustainability in the food system, particularly changes that promote the food-sovereignty of lower-income individuals. Emma runs for Santa Clara University’s NCAA D1 Cross Country and Track & Field team. She enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with family, friends and teammates.

Carrie Metzgar,  Sustainability & Planning Analyst, Physical & Environmental Planning, UC Irvine

Carrie Metzgar is the Sustainability & Planning Analyst for the UCI Office of Physical & Environmental Planning. Carrie assists with annual sustainability reporting, conducts analysis for campus planning and climate efforts, and maintains communications with both internal and external sustainability stakeholders. She also manages UCI’s Green Labs program, helping to educate and implement more sustainable practices in research laboratories. An alumna of UCI, Carrie has enjoyed seeing the sustainable transformation of the campus and is thrilled to be directly involved in ongoing climate and sustainability decision-making.

Erin Meyer, MS, Program Coordinator, Office of Leadership, Service and Career, UC Merced; Merced County Food Bank

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, through her work with the Merced County Food Bank as the program coordinator for the Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program 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 and partnerships and through commitment and passion. She works arduously to cultivate community to better the world and promote food justice and sustainability.

Steve Miller, Grounds Lead Mechanic, Facilities management, UC Santa Barbara 

Stephen Miller, Deputy Director, Strategic Energy Innovations

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

Alex Moon, Program Coordinator, Edible Campus Program; Recent Alumnus, Psychology, UC Santa Barbara

Alex Moon is a recent Psychology major and Edible Campus Program Coordinator here at UCSB. At Antelope Valley College, Alex experienced the hardships of being a first-generation college student and used this newfound interest in order to co-establish and coordinated a mentorship program to promote academic and overall success. Upon transferring to UCSB, his further exposure to mental health issues, cultural divisions, and food insecurity in college students is what ultimately resulted in his passion for helping to expand upon the campus’ network of gardens in order to help aid struggling students. By cutting food costs for the students who need it most, Alex hopes to eliminate the financial and nutritional barriers that prevent aspiring students from achieving their academic and professional goals.

Joshua Morejohn, Energy Manager, Facilities: Energy & Engineering, UC Davis

Joshua Morejohn serves as Energy Manager and Director of Energy & Engineering for Facilities Management at the University of California, Davis. In this role he provides leadership and vision for the Facilities Energy & Engineering team in developing an innovative energy management strategy and implementing a wide variety of energy projects across the campus. His office includes the Energy & Controls Engineering teams, and an Energy Feedback team that develops energy related web apps for campus engagement and education and directs a student green building auditing and certification service to the campus. He specializes in energy and HVAC systems, smart buildings, optimization and occupant engagement. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified energy manager and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis, as well as a B.A. in Spanish.

Kylie Morgan, Program Coordinator, Event/Education Programs, Plug In America

At Plug In America, Kylie Morgan coordinates EV test drive events around Southern California and oversees two national campaigns, Drive Electric Earth Day (April 2020) and National Drive Electric Week (September 14-22, 2019). She was previously a pre-litigation project manager at Yeroushalmi & Yeroushalmi, a law firm dedicated to identifying illegal, toxic consumer products, and then working with businesses to find feasible alternatives to improve the marketplace. 

Colin Moynihan, LEED AP BD+C, HDH Sustainability Manager, Housing Dining Hospitality – Sustainability, UC San Diego

Colin is the Sustainability Manager for UC San Diego Housing Dining Hospitality, where he develops departmental sustainability programs, fosters a culture of sustainability, and supports the University’s sustainability goals. Additionally, Colin serves as a sustainability resource for initiatives, projects and events, including WellFest – the first large scale zero waste event on campus. Colin is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from UC San Diego.

Colin Murphy, Deputy Director, Policy Institute, UC Davis

Alyssa Myers, Conference Coordinator, This Way to Sustainability Conference, CSU Chico

Alyssa Myers is a social and environmental justice advocate. She’s currently a third year student at California State University, Chico. Alyssa is pursuing a degree in Biology with a focus in Evolutionary, Ecological, and Organismal and a pathway minor in sustainability studies. She is acting as a Coordinator for the This Way to Sustainability conference, EcoRep’s Team Coordinator, and serving on Chico State’s Sustainability Affairs Council. Alyssa believes to have a stable society you need both equity and ecological soundness.

Sarah Naameh, Undergraduate Student, Data Science & Conservation and Resource Studies, Students of Color Environmental Collective, UC Berkeley

Sarah (she/her/hers) is in her second year at UC Berkeley, hoping to find the marriage of environmental and data sciences in the pursuit of sustainability by majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies and minoring in Data Science. She is deeply interested in water resource management and the potential of new or underutilized water sources to combat scarcity in the Middle East. Sarah’s time is mainly divided between schoolwork, the Students of Color Environmental Collective, the Middle East and North African recruitment and retention center, and handling Waste Reduction in her co-op. In her free time, she drinks tea religiously, loves hiking, biking, and tennis, and exploring the still unfamiliar Bay Area.

Kylie Nealis, Campus & Community Engagement Manager, Fair Trade Campaigns

Kylie brings over eight years of community organizing and non-profit experience to Fair Trade Campaigns, previously working with Global Exchange and Sierra Club. At Global Exchange she took on a variety of roles including Community Rights Program Associate, Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign Coordinator, Fair Trade Store Sales Associate and Administrative Assistant. At Sierra Club, she worked in the Executive Office providing support to C-level staff and the Board of Directors. Kylie is knowledgeable and passionate about Fair Trade, climate and energy issues, human rights, and social and economic justice. In her current role, she manages Fair Trade Campaigns’ outreach and advocacy work and supports communities and campuses across the U.S. to promote and source Fair Trade. Kylie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Ereca Nguyen, Pharmacy Student and Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, School of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco

Ereca is a coordinator of Earth Health, a student elective course addressing climate change and health offered by the School of Pharmacy to include environmental justice, policy advocacy, sustainable food practices, institutional waste reduction, and pharmaceutical waste management. She will work with other professional schools on campus to create an interdisciplinary student organization called Human Health and Climate Change Club to raise awareness on climate impacts on human health and increase participation in the 2019 Cool Campus Challenge. The club will focus on strategies to incorporate sustainability across the respective schools and various healthcare settings as well as preparing students to be at the forefront of advocating for environmental justice, educating patients, and endorsing policy changes to protect and promote health. Lastly, Ereca will work on a project that examines patient knowledge and practices of handling and disposing oral anticancer chemotherapy medications to improve public safety.

Julie Nguyen, Zero Waste Program Associate, Facilities, San Mateo County Community College District

Julie Nguyen is a Southern California native of Long Beach, California and comes from a diverse background. She received her B.S. in Sustainability Studies from University of California, Riverside where her passion for sustainability flourished. She participated in youth outreach, interned in healthcare, and was one of the first few students to help develop the Sustainability Studies major curriculum. Her unique background is able to bring together subjects such as climate change, gender & empowerment, and sustainability into a cohesive topic for discussion, transcending the humanities and sciences.

Anastasia Nicole, TRUE Advisor; Zero Waste Coordinator; FM&D Energy, Utilities, & Sustainability Department; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Before becoming Cal Poly’s Zero Waste Coordinator in 2018, Anastasia Nicole worked as a Sustainability Consultant focused on Zero Waste in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is TRUE Zero Waste certified. Former clients include UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, Mills College, Peralta Community College District, the Oakland International Airport, and Children’s Hospital, Oakland. Anastasia is also a certified Master Composter, and teaches classes on compost, vermicompost, Bay-friendly gardening, and Permaculture. She is passionate about closing the loop on foodwaste through compost and soil-building and cultivating community to mitigate climate change. Anastasia resides in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Katie Nilmeier, Marketing Communications, LPA Inc.

Matt O’Carroll, Refuse, Recycling & Water Efficiency Manager; Facilities Management, UC Santa Barbara

Matthew O’Carroll serves as UCSB’s Refuse, Recycling, Water Efficiency, & Pest Control Manager. He is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the University’s water conservation efforts, waste management practices, and the integrated pest management (IPM) program. In his time with the University, he has received over $100k in grant funding for water conservation projects at UCSB, played an instrumental role in decreasing UCSB’s potable water consumption rate 23%, and has also increased the UCSB’s waste diversion percentage 11% in two years. He oversees UCSB’s Refuse and Recycling Research Center (R3C), which specializes in behavioral economic waste-related research, and also co-chairs the UC Solid Waste & Recycling Working Group. He received his Master’s degree from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, where he specialized in Water Resources Management. As his Master’s thesis, he produced UCSB’s first comprehensive water management document, the UCSB Water Action Plan, which has received local and national recognition.

Heidi Oh, MBA, CPSM, Senior Category Manager, Life Sciences, Procurement Services, UC Office of the President

Heidi Oh is currently a Senior Life Science Category Manager for the University of California, Office of the President and holds an Executive MBA with healthcare concentration from Strayer University, a BS in microbiology and molecular genetics from UCLA, and a CPSM certification. She has considerable experience in procurement management for medical device and pharma companies, including Pall Life Sciences, Edwards Life Sciences, and Danaher Corporation. Ms. Oh is based at UC Irvine and has primary responsibility for the UC’s chemical, life science consumable reagents/kits, and animal services procurement categories.

Scott Olsen, Strategic Account Manager, Commercial Government and Defense, Polaris

Scott Olsen has been in the LSV industry for 5 years. His role is to work exclusively with higher education institutions to identify fleet savings opportunities, both financial and emissions. Scott lives on a hobby farm near Seattle and is very involved in sustainability in his personal and work life. He has worked with dozens of fleets to enact change and has made a very positive impact on the industry.

Sloane Pagal, Green Office Program Associate, Santa Rosa Junior College

Sloane is interested in continuing the work of fostering systemic change at institutions of higher education. Sloane holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver’s University College and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado. Sloane is the Climate Corps Fellow working at Sonoma County Junior College District as the Sustainable Transportation Associate developing a Sustainable Transportation Plan and outreach to the campus about sustainability initiatives.

Izzy Parnell-Wolfe, Zero Waste Specialist; Cal Zero Waste, Facilities Services; UC Berkeley

Izzy Parnell-Wolfe grew up in the Bay Area before attending UC Santa Barbara where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies. Through a variety of extra-curricular activities and research internships, Izzy became deeply involved in helping the campus with its zero waste goals. Upon graduating, Izzy decided to pursue her interest in the waste management industry and worked as the Schools & Community Recycling Coordinator for Marin Sanitary Service, a private hauler in Marin County. Izzy currently works as a Zero Waste Specialist for Cal Zero Waste, UC Berkeley, where she and her team are working hard to help the campus reach its zero waste by 2020 goal through a variety of operational and educational based programs and strategies.

Megna Patel, UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellow, UC Los Angeles

Megna Patel is a recent graduate from UCLA where she majored in Environmental Science and minored in Environmental Engineering. As a Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, she aimed to empower the UCLA community with the tools and knowledge necessary to become effective leaders in climate action. Megna also worked on the Environmental Sustainability committee of Project RISHI, which promotes sustainable development of rural Indian villages. Moving forward, she hopes to help promote sustainable water and land management through local, integrated, and adaptive solutions.

Michelle Perez, Interim Director of Campus Sustainability & Carbon Neutrality, Resource Management & Planning, UC San Diego

Michelle has been with UC San Diego in various positions within Resource Management & Planning for over seven years. In addition to her interim role as director, she serves as Facilities Management’s Energy Engineer. Michelle is directly responsible for managing the university’s statewide energy program and for developing and implementing a variety of energy projects to ensure compliance with UC Office of the President’s Policy on Sustainable Practices and energy targets. Michelle earned her B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, holds a LEED AP O+M certification and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. With her established energy management and sustainability background, Michelle has successfully contributed to numerous energy efficiency and LEED projects, both with the university and in the private sector.

Matthew Perez, UC Merced Dining, Student Affairs/Auxiliaries, UC Merced

Chef Matt has worked at UC Merced for 2 years, and has been recently been promoted to Chef II. He’s passionate about addressing the food waste issue on campus and in the Merced community as well. He has conducted cooking class for our Bobcats demonstrating “root to stem” cooking and has developed recipes utilizing products that are available at the Bobcat Pantry.

Loralyn Perry,  Energy & Utilities Manager, Facilities Development and Operations, CSU East Bay

Jewel Persad, Campus Sustainability Manager, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Admin Services, UC Santa Barbara

Jewel Persad joined the Administrative Services Department in September 2013, as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator and TGIF Grants Manager.  Jewel earned her Master’s degree from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Management, where she specialized in Water Resource Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental studies from San Francisco State University.  In Jewel’s position at the University of California, Santa Barbara she is responsible for managing The Green Initiative Fund, UCSB’s sustainability reporting including STARS, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Planning, outreach and communication for UCSB Sustainability, and the planning of the Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit. Jewel has also been heavily involved in the coordination and implementation of the Presidential Initiatives on Climate Neutrality.

Jason Peters,  PhD, Assistant Professor, English, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Jason Peters is assistant professor of English at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He researches the tensions between technical reason and the rhetorics of democracy as they manifest themselves in the discourses of sustainable development and environmental justice. Other research interests concern the history of bilingual literacy among white ethnicities in the United States, and the rhetorical construction of white identity. He is currently working on a book about the role of the Catholic Church as an institutional sponsor of bilingual literacy in the early twentieth century. He teaches courses in multilingual writing and rhetoric, sustainability and writing, and composition theories. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Rhode Island, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition. His work appears in College English, the edited collections Unruly Rhetorics and Economies of Writing, and elsewhere.

Jacob Pollack, Program Manager, Higher Education, Strategic Energy Innovations

Matthew Porreca,  AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal at BNIM Architects

Matthew is a Principal at BNIM and leads the firm’s office in San Diego and practice in California. In his 20 years of architectural experience, Matthew’s leadership in high profile integrated design teams has allowed him to produce excellence in design and high performance buildings. Matthew led BNIM’s design team on two recently completed innovative zero net energy projects in San Diego. Makers Quarter Block D and the Palomar College Maintenance and Operations building are setting new benchmarks for high performance design. He also previously led the Pacific Center Campus development which included two new buildings with a 14 acre site package to transform an existing suburban office park into a healthy pedestrian campus. The research and development facility which will be one of the largest building in the country to be naturally ventilated. The campus amenity building which will include a dining center, conference center and corporate health center.

Mona Powell, MBA, Wellness and Engagement Manager, Housing Dining Hospitality – Wellness and Engagement, UC San Diego

In her role as Wellness and Engagement Manager, Mona strives to design innovative programs and events for students and staff that are focused on current health and wellness issues. In 2018, UC San Diego’s Housing Dining Hospitality embarked on hosting the first campus large-scale zero-waste event, and achieved a 99.6% diversion rate! This event piloted zero-waste initiatives that will be scaled across campus. In March 2019, Mona led another large scale zero-waste event at UC San Diego’s Wellness Fair. Mona has a Master’s in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

Madison Reichhold, Undergraduate Team Member of R3 Green Labs Program, UC Riverside

Madison Reichhold is a soon to be second year at UC Riverside. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. She works on campus at UCR’s Office of Sustainability in hopes that we can make our campus carbon neutral by 2025. Our climate is in crisis and she strives to do her part in helping reduce the effects of global climate change through her position as a university student.

Shannon Robertson, District Director of Construction Services, Construction Services & Facilities Planning, State Center Community College District

Shannon Robertson is presently the District Director of Construction Services for State Center Community College District (SCCCD) and has been with the district since 2013. As the Director of Construction, Shannon plans, develops, directs, coordinates and implements all major construction and renovation projects throughout the district, as well as overseeing the planning and development of SCCCD’s Capital Improvement and Scheduled Maintenance programs. Prior to joining State Center Community College, Shannon spent over 25 years in the private sector specializing in multi-family and commercial development and construction, real estate acquisition, and property management.

Michael Rochman, Managing Director, School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR)

Michael Rochman is the Managing Director of the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR), a California joint powers authority. SPURR is a cooperative buying group of over 250 member public school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education. Other public agencies, including universities, cities, and counties, and eligible non-profit institutions also participate in SPURR programs. Mr. Rochman is responsible for overall management of SPURR, including the following competitively-sourced procurement programs: renewable energy aggregated procurement, solar and energy storage, electricity demand response, LED lights and controls, natural gas commodity supply, direct access electricity commodity supply, and telecommunications and internal networking. Mr. Rochman also directs SPURR’s participation in proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and in utilities-related hearings before the California Legislature. Mr. Rochman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Katharine Rondthaler, Organic Garden Manager, Santa Clara University

The Forge Garden Katharine Rondthaler the Organic Garden Manager for SCU’s Forge Garden. Katharine has worked in organic farming and food system education since 2010. She received her BA in Environmental Studies/ Biology from UC Santa Cruz and her MS in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Katharine is passionate about creating a just and sustainable food system by educating the next generation of sustainable food leaders.

Jordan Sager, P.E., LEED AP, Campus Energy Manager, Facilities Management, UC Santa Barbara

Jordan Sager is the Campus Energy Manager at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As part of the University’s Facilities Management division, Jordan is part of a team that develops and implements demand and supply side utility management projects with the goals of reducing campus operating expenses and minimizing environmental impact. The campus’s current projects include mechanical and control systems optimizations, lighting retrofits, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, energy storage, and potable to reclaimed water conversions for landscape and process water uses. Jordan is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.

Lisa Salgado, Construction Project Manager, Design and Construction Services, CSU Long Beach

Since graduating from Cal State Long Beach, Lisa Salgado started her experience first in the home building sector as a Construction Superintendent. With the change in the housing market she was forced to change her career path to commercial construction and began her experience with a general contractor as a project engineer. Lisa’s experience with construction in the private sector mostly included renovations or construction of new educational institutions. This experience is what lead her to pursue a career with Cal State Long Beach as an Assistant Construction Manager for their capital construction projects. Over the past ten years with the University she has managed the construction of several capital projects on campus. Including their Hall of Science building, Bob Cole Conservatory, LA 2,3,4 Renovation, Psychology “Brain Lab” and most recently the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) (formerly known as CCPE). Project after project we have challenged our designs to improve our LEED goals. When Lisa first started working with the University the goal was to reach LEED silver or gold status, now they are working towards LEED platinum being the standard along with Net Zero Energy. CPIE (formerly known as CCPE) is her first campus project to aim to achieve both LEED Platinum and NZE. Lisa’s experience with this project has led to her recent promotion to Construction Project Manager. In this current roll, she oversees a capital project whether a renovation or new construction from design through completion of construction, not just the construction phase. Her current projects include a housing building that not only aims to achieve LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, but also Living Building Challenge. 

Karen Salvini, MBA, Sustainability Project Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Karen Salvini is Berkeley Lab’s Sustainability Project Manager. She works with stakeholders across the Lab to address the Lab’s aggressive sustainability goals. Currently, her projects involve modernizing lighting, managing the Lab’s EV charging program, sustainability communications, and implementing ISO 50001 for energy and water management. Before Berkeley Lab, Karen worked in marine research and policy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Karen received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Wesleyan University, and her MBA at the University of California Berkeley.

James Sanner, Facilities Manager – Insight Meditation Society

James Sanner is a trained bioethicist who has transitioned his experience as a psychotherapist to projects in habitat restoration. He has worked as a soil consultant and advised on food and medicinal herb production with the non-profit Terra Vita Stewards since 2014. James was a grounds manager at UC Berkeley for over ten years, and while at Berkeley he designed and installed a one-acre food-forest to implement agro-ecology principles in addressing issues around ecological restoration and food justice. He currently oversees the management of the campus’s facilities and grounds at the Insight Mediation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

Arjun Sarkar, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, Transportation & Parking Services, UC Santa Barbara

Arjun Sarkar serves as the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator and has been with UC Santa Barbara since 2001. He is currently an adjunct faculty member with Santa Barbara City College in the Automotive Technology Program. In 2001 Arjun co-founded The Santa Barbara Green Car Show in conjunction with Earth Day, now hosting approximately 30,000 attendees. He participated in the designation of the DOE Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition in 2006 (currently Board Secretary). Previously with Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District focused on the Electric Shuttle Program for over 5 years.

Maggie Scarpa, Education and Outreach Coordinator, AS Sustainability, CSU Chico

Maggie Scarpa was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Associated Students, Chico Sustainability Program, committed to furthering student sustainability engagement and empowering student action for the earth. She graduated in May 2019 from CSU, Chico with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/Legal Studies with an emphasis in environmental policy and law, and obtained a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Planning and a Paralegal Certificate. Her passions include zero waste, environmental justice, and radical solutions to the climate crisis. She plans to further her passions with a career in mitigating environmental harms through climate planning, environmental policy or environmental grassroots organizing.

Devon Schmidt, Graduate Student Researcher, Facilities Energy & Engineering, UC Davis

Devon is a master’s student in the Energy Graduate Group at UC Davis. Her research interests include decarbonizing electricity systems and improving energy efficiency in buildings. Prior to attending graduate school, Devon worked as an engineering technician for the City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department. In that capacity, she facilitated capital improvement projects for city water and wastewater infrastructure. After that, she worked for Solar Roof Dynamics, a solar distribution and design company. There, she coordinated photovoltaic system installations, focusing on residential system design and utility interconnection. Devon earned an undergraduate degree in biology from UC Santa Barbara.

Nikhil Schneider, Energy & Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, CSU Northridge

Nikhil Schneider grew up in Georgetown and then Houston, Texas. In 2016 he earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Energy & Sustainability from the University of Houston, before moving to Los Angeles to start the role of Energy & Sustainability Coordinator at California State University Northridge. He’s played a key role in developing CSUN’s zero waste plan, as well as bringing bikeshare to the campus. As an avid bike commuter, Nikhil spearheaded the creation of the CSUN Bicycle Committee, and hopes to see the University and its surrounding streets enable more commuters to get out of their cars and onto bikes. In his free time he can be found hiking, rock climbing and playing video games.

Keith Schneringer, LEED AP, Director of Channel Marketing + Sustainability, Waxie Sanitary Supply

Keith Schneringer is a UC San Diego graduate, and has been in the sanitary supply industry since 1990 and is currently the Director of Channel Marketing + Sustainability for WAXIE Sanitary Supply, the largest independently owned sanitary supply distributor in the United States. Keith is a LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED AP O+M) and CIMS-GB ISSA Certification Expert who has also served in leadership roles for the San Diego Green Building Council – he is a Past President of the Chapter as well as the Founding Chair of the Chapter’s Commercial Real Estate LEED EBOM Committee. He has represented WAXIE as a stakeholder in the standard development process for the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building (CIMS-GB), and the Green Seal GS-37 and GS-42 standards, and has made end-user presentations on the subjects of LEED and green cleaning to groups from USGBC, BOMA, IFMA, ASHRAE, AIA, CHESC and many others.

Sarah Siedschlag, Environmental Programs Advisor, Associated Students UCSB

Sarah Siedschlag is the Environmental Programs Advisor for Associated Students at UCSB. In this role she oversees certain environmentally-focused student groups, including A.S. Coastal Fund, Bike Committee, and Environmental Affairs Board. She focuses on educating and empowering students on environmental topics, and on connecting students to behind-the-scenes sustainable practices and advocacy in on campus and in the community. Sarah earned her masters’ degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.

Michael Siminovitch, Professor, California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis

Professor Michael Siminovitch is the director of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and associate director of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. He established CLTC to support collaborative efforts among representatives from private industry, public agencies and utilities. CLTC projects accelerate the development and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting technologies for both residential and commercial applications. Professor Siminovitch participated on the leadership team for California’s Strategic Lighting Plan and helped lead efforts to improve the 2013 Title 24, Part 6 standards for exterior lighting. He was a co-author of the original California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) and now serves on its board of directors. In 2010, Professor Siminovitch established the UC Davis Smart Lighting Initiative, a campus-wide effort to reduce lighting energy use 60% below 2007 levels. The initiative is one of the largest lighting retrofit projects in California and serves as a model for the UC and CSU systems. In 2014, Siminovitch was selected by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve as an inaugural member of the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council. Professor Siminovitch teaches undergraduate classes in lighting technology and design at UC Davis. His Designing with Light course culminates in an industry-sponsored LED luminaire design competition. Professor Siminovitch was recently awarded a distinguished visiting Professorship at KMUTT University in Thailand. Dr. Siminovitch is a graduate of Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering. He received master’s degrees in both Industrial Design and Architecture from the University of Illinois, where he held the Plym Fellowship and was awarded the Henry Adams Scholastic Gold Medal. Dr. Siminovitch earned his doctoral degree in Architecture and Human Factors Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Abdul Sindi, Research Assistant, Ed.D. Candidate, Charter College of Educaiton, CSU Los Angeles

Abdul Sindi is an Ed.D. candidate at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). His dissertation research is focused on university student perceptions of using Blockchain technology as a digital identity management system. Currently, Abdul is a research assistant with the Charter College of Education at CSULA, working with a team on creating a phone application for Linked Learning Green Pathway program Sustainability.

Erik Skall, Grounds Supervisor, Grounds and Landscaping, Facilities Management, CSU Sacramento

Erik’s roots in sustainable agriculture run deep and throughout California. Having studied various methods of urban agriculture, Erik is now a Grounds supervisor for Sacramento State where he works hand-in-hand with Sac State Sustainability to produce compost, reduce the University’s use of chemical pesticides, and keep grounds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the state.

Brian Smith, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager, Building Commissioning, Enpowered Solutions

Brian Smith has over 25 years’ project management and development experience in commissioning (Cx) and energy efficiency projects for education, healthcare, commercial, industrial, and government facilities.  As a leading commissioning agent, Brian has direct experience in the Cx of new construction and existing building systems. including LEED fundamental & enhanced Cx, retro-Cx, monitoring-based Cx, and building renovation and remodel Cx on projects totaling more than $5 billion in construction costs. He provides expert design review, pre-functional and functional performance testing, project management, building deficiency resolution, and leading fully integrated Cx efforts. Brian has also derived significant experience from working on both sides of the Owner-Contractor relationship, having served as Commissioning Authority (CxA) for the Owner and as Cx Manger for the General Contractor. This unparalleled experience gives him a broader dual-perspective of the potential issues, netting substantial value to the team.

Joanna Snawder-Manzo, Care Manager, Dean of Students Office, CSU Monterey Bay

Joanna Snawder-Manzo, MA, has 19 years of professional experience as an educator and social justice practitioner. For the most recent 14 years she has worked specifically on college campuses in capacities that support student development and success. In her current role as Care Manager in the Dean of Students Office at California State University Monterey Bay, she provides non-clinical case management for students in need. She coordinates the multidisciplinary Care Team, which focuses on early intervention and retention strategies. Operating from a trauma-informed perspective, she follows-up with all students who are referred for a range of concerns, including food and housing insecurity. Additionally she co-chairs the Basic Needs Committee and has developed numerous programs and resources to contribute to the overall wellness security of CSUMB students. 

Amanda Snelson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, ZGF Architects LLP

During Amanda Snelson’s architectural career, she has gained significant experience in her position as a project manager and architect, working closely with internal staff at all levels, as well as with clients. Her advanced skills in Revit compliment her project management and construction administration experience, which include clients such as Expedia, Missouri State University and McMaster-Carr. Not only is Amanda well versed in the realm of design and construction documentation/administration, but she is also experienced and highly active in supporting licensure candidates, sustainability initiatives, and establishing Revit standards. She earned a Bachelor in Architecture from Drury University, is a LEED BD+C® Professional, and a licensed architect in California and Missouri.

Natalie St.Clair, SEI Facilities and Energy Fellow, Facilities, Planning and Development Department, Los Angeles Community College District

Natalie has several years of experience in environmental and community organizing, particularly with college students, youth, and families in underserved communities. She holds a degree in International Economics and Spanish from the University of Kentucky, where she also worked closely students, faculty, and administrators in a successful campaign to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by over 25%. As the Facilities and Energy Fellow at the Los Angeles Community College District, she supports energy efficiency projects across nine colleges and spearheads the Energy Blitz Challenge, an energy conservation competition at Los Angeles City College.

Cai Steffler, Environmental Heath & Occupational Safety Specialist, Finance and Administrative Services, CSU San Marcos

Cai Steffler has worked for CSUSM for the last three years as an environmental health safety specialist. Cai focuses on chemical hygiene, hazardous waste, and laboratory safety audits for the University, as well as oversees the stormwater management plan for the University. Previous to Cai’s employment at CSUSM, he worked as a federal firefighter for 5 years on hotshot crews and engine companies. This was a great experience and Cai still uses the lessons learned from firefighting in his job today. He has been married for three years and just had his first baby in May. In his free time, Cai loves to be outdoors hiking, skiing, and going to the Colorado River with his family.

Mark Stemen, PhD, Professor, Geography and Planning Department, CSU Chico

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

Ariel Stevenson, Diversity Coordinator, Office of Inclusive Excellence, CSU San Marcos

Stevenson is the first Diversity Coordinator for the Office of Inclusive Excellence at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM). She has worked and prioritized social justice work for twelve years in the California State University system and is dedicated to dismantling white supremacy. Ariel’s interest are sustainability, social justice, and inclusion with emphasis in Black womanhood, Black experiences on college campuses and ethnographic methods. She currently works closely with students, faculty, staff and the wider campus community by overseeing the Conversations That Matter Series, The Beyond the Stereotype Campaign, and performing a full range of work related duties that include programming, best practices, policy research, and development as related to the Office of Inclusive Excellence at CSUSM. Ariel received her M.A. in Sociological Practice from CSU San Marcos and her dual B.A. degrees in Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Latin American studies from Albright College in Pennsylvania.

Gordon Stewart, PE, Energy Analyst, Glumac

Gordon joined Glumac in 2015 with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an engineer, Gordon gained experience with new design and energy analysis in different market sectors, including higher education, commercial, mission critical and healthcare projects. Gordon has a passion of sustainability in the built environment, and as an Energy Analyst, helps building owners and operators optimize new designs, current operations and identify energy efficiency measures both new construction projects and for existing buildings and campuses.

Donald Strauss, PhD, Program Chair, Urban Sustainability, Antioch University Los Angeles

Donald Strauss, PhD, MFA is the founding chair of the Urban Sustainability Master of Arts program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The program launched in October 2010 with the intention of training practitioners and activists committed to working at the urban intersections of global environmental change and social, economic, and environmental justice. Since January of 2007, Donald has served as a Climate Change Presenter with The Climate Reality Project, founded by The Honorable Albert Gore.

Breeana Sylvas, Assistant Director, Department of Sustainability, UC Merced

Breeana Sylvas is the Assistant Director in the Department of Sustainability at the University of California Merced. Breeana is responsible for strategic planning and analytics, performance measures, sustainability programs, and minor project developments. Prior to her appointment, Breeana served in professional appointments in the Office of Management and Budget for a municipality, and New Mexico State University (NMSU). Breeana holds both a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Finance, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from NMSU.

Brian Taylor, Senior Director, California Public Sector, Business Development, ForeFront Power

Brian Taylor is ForeFront Power’s Director for large scale California Public Sector solar projects. Mr. Taylor has multiple years of experience developing projects for ForeFront Power, SunEdison, and SolarCity, and has been personally responsible for the development of over 65MW of solar projects since 2013 alone. Prior to joining the solar industry in 2013, Mr. Taylor worked on Wall Street for 8 Years in large scale solar project financings and solar industry analysis. He is a CFA Charterholder. Education: B.A., Environmental Studies – College of the Holy Cross. He is based in San Francisco, CA.

Nani Teves, Sustainability Coordinator, AS Sustainability, Associated Students, CSU Chico

Nani Teves works with an impressive group of students that are committed to forwarding sustainability on campus by researching, imagining, and creating solutions that address environmental and cultural problems. Nani is a CSU, Chico graduate and earned a Master’s Degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.

Lotus Thai, Sustainability Coordinator, UC Irvine Dining, Aramark/UC Irvine

Lotus Thai is the Sustainability Coordinator for UC Irvine Dining, a partnership between UC Irvine and Aramark. In this role, she works with over 28 dining locations including catering, two zero waste dining halls, and retail locations. She develops educational programs and innovative projects that focus on zero waste (recycling and composting), plant-based foods, and sustainable purchases. In just 8 months, Lotus collaborated with location managers to implement all of the Fair Trade University designation requirements. In May 2018, UC Irvine was officially designated as the 51st Fair Trade University in the U.S. Lotus graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science & Policy and Business Administration. She is also a Master’s of Business Administration candidate at UC Irvine.

Sapna Thottathil, PhD, Associate Director of Sustainability, UC Office of the President

Sapna E. Thottathil, PhD is currently an Associate Director of Sustainability in the University of California’s Office of the President. Sapna earned her BA from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded the Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership, before going on to receive an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship. She currently sits on the Board of Pesticide Action Network, is a Council Member for Oakland Food Policy Council, and serves as a Food Service Advisor to Plant Based Foods Association. She is also the author of India’s Organic Farming Revolution: What it Means for Our Global Food System and editor of Institutions a Conscious Food Consumers: Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change.

Ryan Todd, LEED AP, Sustainability Manager, CSU Sacramento

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

Jimmy Tran, Senior Transportation Planner, Transportation, UC Los Angeles

Jimmy is a Senior Transportation Planner for Mobility Planning, & Traffic Systems at UCLA Transportation. He manages the development and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs across campus. Jimmy is a graduate of the UCLA Public Health and Urban Planning dual master’s programs. He concentrated in Environmental Health Sciences and Transportation Planning with an interest in the built environment and public health. He is excited about the potential for on demand mobility options to help shift people away from driving alone and believes that electric bicycles are still game changers for equitable transportation.

Constance B Ulasewicz, Co-Founder, The Wear Movement; Department of Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel/San Francisco State University, San Francisco State University

Dr. Connie B. Ulasewicz is a Department Chair and Professor at San Francisco State University in Apparel Design & Merchandising where she engages with students on topics integrating with responsible fashion practices within, visual merchandising & promotion, sustainable product development and the social psychology of clothing. A recent attendee of the 2017 World Circular Economy Summit, Connie is a recognized supporter of textile reuse and redesign. ​She strongly supports the integration of community engagement and educational scholarship. In 2014 Connie was the recipient of the Goodwill Community Partner award, for her work with students at San Francisco State. Her research interests also include extending the life cycle of sewn products and she is the coauthor of Sustainable Fashion: Why Now and the co producer of the film, Towards Zero Textile Waste.

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

Cara is passionate about corporate/business social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Currently: moving SCU to carbon neutrality and zero-waste by addressing the following (and more): measuring and reducing food waste, developing a knowledge/ culture on sustainable or eco-fashion, and building a transportation demand management plan.

Chisa Uyeki, President, Academic Senate; Collection Development Librarian, Mt. San Antonio College

Chisa has been a member of the Mt. San Antonio Library faculty for twelve years and is currently serving as President of the Academic Senate for the campus. She is a founding member of the Climate Commitment Implementation Committee and a member of the campus Sustainability Committee. Chisa co-authored the Climate Action Plan, and shepherded the plan through the college’s shared governance process.
 
Saul Valdez, Employee Transportation Coordinator, Sustainable Transportation, UC Irvine
 

Mitchell Vanagten, UC Merced Dining, Student Affairs/Auxiliaries, UC Merced

UC Merced’s Executive Chef Mitch Vanagten’s lifelong passion for cooking began at a young age in his family’s Dutch Indonesian household. This passion has translated into culinary career which includes which continues to be inspired today by the bounty of food grown and raised in the San Joaquin Valley. Chef Mitch began his culinary career in the Bay Area as an apprentice at the prestigious Menlo Circus Club, where he worked his way up to sous chef. He then further refined his skills at Sharon Heights Country Club in Palo Alto, and eventually took on his first Executive Chef role at ALZA Pharmaceuticals. He has been the Executive Chef at UC Merced since its inception in 2005. With an extensive knowledge of international cuisine, and ‘farm to table’ cooking, Chef Mitch is often called on for his expertise and volunteers for philanthropic causes both on campus and in the Merced community. The main focus of his efforts are hunger relief, healthy eating education, food waste, and local sustainable agriculture. He has volunteered at FEAST, Empty Bowl Fundraiser, Wasted! Movie free screening, various fundraisers at UC Merced to support food insecurity initiatives and the Pop-Up Produce Project. Chef Mitch enjoys spending time with his family, reading, brewing beer with friends, and exploring different cities on his bike.

Stephen VanDuine, Manager, Surplus Sales, UC San Diego

Stephen started his career in UC SanDiego Surplus Sales as a student worker in 1984. At that time, they had a small metal shed, a pickup truck and a forklift that occasionally ran. After taking over operations in 1985 monthly sales were $1500.00. By aggressively imcreasing their capabilities and providing vital services to their campus departments the department has grown by leaps and bounds. Currently sales are around $100k per month, they provide pickup / delivery service with a fleet of 5 trucks and 6 fte. Stephen was instrumental in developing an inventory / POS program for surplus sales that links to a display website (surplus .ucsd.edu) and communicates with their campus inventory and financial systems. This was revolutionary in 1999 and is still “ahead of the pack” today. He is still striving to increase services to their campus with reutilization programs that will show benefits in sustainability and cost avoidance.

Ellen Vaughan, Senior Food and Agriculture Campaigner, Food and Technology Department, Friends of the Earth

Elizabeth Vaughan serves as the West Coast Senior Food and Agriculture Campaigner with Friends of the Earth where she works to strengthen a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system across communities through institutional procurement, policy, and community engagement. Currently, Elizabeth works to design effective strategies to promote climate-friendly food procurement practices and policies within institutions. Elizabeth comes from a strong background in shifting over $30 million in institutional food purchasing in the San Diego County region. She is an alum of UC Santa Barbara with an education in Business Economics.

Eric Veium, CEM, CEP; Energy & Sustainability Analyst; FM&D Energy, Utilities, & Sustainability Department; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Eric has been working for more than a decade to create a clean energy economy in his community, the Central Coast, and beyond. Professionally, Eric manages Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Previously, Eric was founding partner and Senior Engineer for Stockman’s Water & Energy, a San Luis Obispo based company helping to optimize water & energy use on Central Coast Farms and Vineyards. Eric also served as co-author and local team lead on the California Energy Commission funded RESCO project examining the potential to develop renewable energy sources in San Luis Obispo County. Eric is founding member and current Task Force Chair for the SLO Climate Coalition, an organization leveraging community expertise, creativity, and resources in order to multiply San Luis Obispo’s efforts to become carbon free.

Valerie Vergara, Senior Category Manager, Life Sciences, Procurement Service, UC Office of the President

Valerie Vergara is a Senior Life Science Category Manager for the University of California, Office of the President. She obtained a BS in genetics from UC Davis, holds a CPSM certification, and will graduate in 2019 with an MBA. Valerie spent many years in procurement strategy and management positions at Novartis in the U.S. and in Germany, with primary responsibility for leading the life science category and consolidation of suppliers and contracts across multiple global sites. In 2015, she became interested in incorporating sustainable initiatives into lab procurement, with the help from UC Davis colleagues.

Raphael Vitti, PE, Energy & Data Engineer, kW Engineering

Raphael Vitti is a registered professional engineer and a certified Building Energy Assessment Professional with ten years of experience and a specialization in retrocommissioning and data engineering. Raphael investigates mechanical and electrical systems and their controls, evaluates energy savings and develops recommendations, including new sequences of operation and measurement and verification plans. He also develops data models and visualizations in SkySpark to efficiently uncover opportunities, to ensure the persistence of energy savings over time and to improve operations. Raphael has been an integral part of Sustainable Berkeley Lab’s ongoing commissioning team for more than two years.

Chris Weyandt, PE, CEM, Energy Management Engineer, Laboratory Directorate, Sustainable Berkeley Lab, Lawrennce Berkeley National Laboratory

Chris Weyandt is an Energy Management Engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is responsible for operation of the campus-wide building automation systems and leads an Ongoing Commissioning team aimed at improving the energy performance of Berkeley Lab facilities. He previously worked for Johnson Controls Inc Major Projects division where he led an engineering team in designing, installing and commissioning automation systems in the United Nations Headquarters, SUNY College of Optometry, VA Medical Centers and other high profile buildings in New York and Minnesota. He draws from his background in facility maintenance and information technology to develop innovative solutions for the modernization and optimization of buildings. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed Professional Controls Systems Engineer.

Sofia Willis, Founder and Co-President, Isla Vista Trading Post

Sofia is going into her fourth year studying Sociology and Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Through her studies she has developed a deep interest in people, why they do things, and how it affects the world around them. Combining this interest with her love of fashion, Sofia noticed the lack of integrity both socially and environmentally within the garment industry. She wanted to introduce a way to promote both creativity and consciousness into the local community through the most universal means of expressing ourselves…clothing. Sofia founded Isla Vista Trading Post which has now lead to develop a small scale circular economy of clothing in Isla Vista. Sofia hopes to pursue a career in the sustainable fashion industry, as incorporating new and creative ways of buying and selling clothes is becoming a necessary step in today’s world.

Justin Wisor, Director, Custodial and Grounds, UC Los Angeles

UCLA’s newly announced Director of Custodial and Grounds, Justin is working to foster partnerships between the Custodial and Grounds Divisions which operated separately at UCLA until August 2018. In the Director role, he has been working closely with University Departments to implement new strategies to better the UCLA’s operational initiatives and support more sustainable practices including new methodology to eliminate herbicides as well as leading the UCLA Zero Waste Task Force. Justin is a 2011 graduate from the Pennsylvania State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and 2009 AS, Business Administration. In 2014, Justin received his Educational Facilities Professional certification from APPA. Prior to UCLA, Justin worked at the Pennsylvania State University, supporting operations for the Custodial Division.

Kikei Wong,  Zero Waste Coordinator, Grounds & Custodial, UC Los Angeles

Kikei Wong is the Zero Waste Coordinator of UCLA, helping the campus achieve the initiative to go Zero Waste by 2020. Her passion for sustainability comes from a strong sense of duty to protect the environment that we live in and to coexist with nature. The ocean is one of her biggest inspirations and is a constant reminder of the work that can be done to move towards a more sustainable future. She has multiple years of experience in the solid waste industry working with waste haulers to help customers be in compliance with city and state sustainability laws. Kikei has worked closely with public officials and city staff to provide outreach and education as well as technical support to commercial businesses of all kinds, from casinos to cemeteries. Kikei holds a BS in Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis on Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation from UC Davis.

Robbie Wright, Associate Director for Residential Dining Services, Residential Dining Services, Housing, Dining, and Auxiliary Enterprises, UC Santa Barbara

Robbie Wright serves as the Associate Director for Residential Dining Services at UC Santa Barbara. Robbie oversees the four dining commons that serve 15,000+ meals a day to students that live in off-campus apartments and on-campus residence halls. Robbie works closely with other leaders to facilitate the sustainability goals for Residential Dining Services. He attended UC Santa Barbara as an undergraduate and worked in the dining commons as a student employee. Robbie is passionate about being a “Gaucho” and has worked at UC Santa Barbara for 23+ years, all in Residential Dining Services.

Greg Young, Student, Urban Sustainability MA, Antioch University Los Angeles

Gregory Young is currently a graduate student in Antioch University’s Urban Sustainability and Integrated GIS program. His current focus revolves around the world’s dual challenges of climate change and inequality. He has worked with several nonprofits and community-based organizations in developing planning processes to help build resilience for vulnerable communities. Universalizing local renewable energy has been an ongoing passion for Gregory, especially as more of the world’s population transitions to urban environments. By placing the ownership of local distributed energy resources into the hands of rate payers, he believes there will be tremendous economic, environmental, and resilience benefits that are crucial for our energy future.

Teresa Yu, Lead Program Associate, The Green Initiative Fund, Student Environmental Resource Center, UC Berkeley

Teresa (she/her/hers) is a senior majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice and Public Policy. She’s especially interested in public policy as it pertains to marginalized communities, grassroots movements, and how food can act as a tool and platform for political activism. She’s incredibly excited to represent TGIF, an organization that she’s been a part of since 2017. Outside of school, she enjoys reading random Wikipedia pages, cooking (mostly vegetables), bouldering sometimes, and is currently on a quest to find the best sourdough in San Francisco. 

Ezra Ziegler, Student Leader, Foodcycling, UC Santa Barbara

Ezra Ziegler is a third year Environmental Studies student studying for his B.A. with an emphasis in sustainable food systems and development. Ezra has previously interned with Fairview Gardens, a local organic educational farm in Goleta and is currently a Garden and Compost specialist for the Department of Public Worms at UCSB. He is passionate about promoting sustainable food systems and increasing awareness of food waste and insecurity within his surrounding community and abroad. Ezra is planning to study in Ghana next fall where he will learn about sustainable agricultural systems in the developing world and intern with a NGO focusing on sustainable development.