Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Office of Sustainability

About the Office Staff Interns LEAF Outreach History

About the Office:

The University of Maryland Office of Sustainability supports and advances environmental performance, economic prosperity and social equality through a variety of initiatives. The staff facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable policies, practices and curricula for the campus community by:

  • Educating the campus community about sustainability
  • Developing sustainability programming that affects student education and campus operations
  • Fostering collaboration between units of the university and external resources
  • Consulting with campus departments (administrative and academic) to find ways of reducing environmental impacts and promoting sustainability
  • Coordinating efforts to meet the goals of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
  • Measuring and reporting on campus sustainability efforts
  • Providing outreach to individuals and organizations both internal and external to the University
  • Supporting the University Sustainability Council


Scott Lupin, Director

Scott is the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Associate Director for the Department of Environmental Safety. He has been with the university since 1997 where his primary focus involves the development of the campus sustainability program and environmental management. Prior to joining the university, Scott served as an Associate with Dames and Moore, an international environmental and engineering consulting firm. He has also served as an EHS Manager for Honeywell, Inc. and as a RCRA inspector and Superfund investigator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Scott holds a Master`s degree in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mark Stewart, Senior Project Manager

Mark has been with the Office of Sustainability since its inception in 2007. He developed and leads the Chesapeake Project faculty development workshop, Sustainability Advisors peer education program, and administers the University Sustainability Fund, among other projects. His work on integrating sustainability education into the student experience was published in the Journal of Sustainability Education and as a chapter in a book on ecological education. Mark earned his Master's degree in Higher Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Maryland where he studied the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society. Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school earth and environmental science. Before teaching, he worked in organizational development. He holds a BS in Environmental Science, BA in Psychology, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mark is also a contributing editor to the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Aynsley Toews, Project Manager

Outreach to the campus and the community is central theme to Aynsley's work. She supports existing and develops new campus programs including the Green Office program and the LEAF Outreach Team. She also manages the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, Aynsley worked at the North American Association for Environmental Education. She has worked in sustainability education and extension for the past 18 years in private, public and non-profit sectors. A former naturalist, Aynsley has increasingly worked on the development of action-oriented programs that encourage behavior change and the selection of sustainable alternatives. She has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), with a focus on climate change and a Bachelor of Education. Aynsley, a Canadian expat, enjoys camping, hiking and running.

Sally DeLeon, Project Manager

Sally manages data and progress tracking for the university’s sustainability efforts. She works with stakeholders around campus to manage goals and strategies in the University of Maryland Climate Action Plan. Before joining the UMD staff Sally was an educator and environmental researcher. At Rocky Mountain Institute she co-authored a guide for colleges and universities on climate action. She worked for the University of Vermont’s Office of Sustainability while finishing her graduate research which focused on sustainable development challenges related to gemstone mining in poor countries. She also taught high school science, worked on a small organic farm, backpacked across the Cordillera Real, and biked across Alaska. Sally holds an MS in Natural Resource Planning, a BA in biology, and a BA in environmental studies. When not at work she enjoys playing outside with her daughter, traveling with her husband, and hanging out at home in Takoma Park.

Andrew Muir, Communications Coordinator

Andrew supports campus sustainability campaigns through communications and marketing. He publicizes campus sustainability initiatives, manages the Office of Sustainability website and social media while assisting with campus sustainability programming. Andrew graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Mass Communications. He worked in radio promotions and marketing in Washington, DC for seven years. In 2007, he was an integral part in launching an eco-friendly radio station, 94.7 The Globe. He has also done marketing and events for The Department of Transportation Services here at UMD. Andrew lives in Annapolis and feels a deep connection to the area, the surrounding communities and the beautiful parks and resources of the state of Maryland. He enjoys playing piano, writing, traveling, sports and spending time on the water.

Kate Richard, Sustainability Associate

Kate works on sustainability programs in the Office of Sustainability and Dining Services. She has also worked on food access and nutrition promotion and education programs in the School of Public Health. A Terp alum, Kate graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English and a BS in Environmental Science & Policy.  In her free time, Kate likes cooking, reading, and hiking.


Elizabeth Coplin, Video Production Intern

Elizabeth is a senior Environmental Science and Policy major from Ellicott City, Maryland. She was an intern for UMD’s Arboretum Center and Pollinaterps Club. There she created an ecosystem manual for the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies Project and helped with the Campus Bee Survey. Her strong interest in the environment has led her to participate in sustainability related activities around campus and through her own daily practices. She hopes to combine her love of film and knowledge of conservation practices to educate the community about sustainability and the importance of our ecosystems.

Meghana Deshmane, Video Production Intern

Meghana is a Senior Psychology major from Pennsylvania whose many interests include environmentalism and film. She is an alumnus of the Science and Global Change Scholars program, and has recently picked up a minor in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her interest in videography has grown from her participation in a Multimedia internship at the Environmental Protection Agency as well as a summer filmmaking program in Prague. After college, Meghana hopes to continue learning about people and their impact on the world, while potentially spreading awareness through film.

LEAF Outreach Team:

John Henn, LEAF Outreach Team Leader

Born and raised in Kensington, Maryland, John is excited for his first year working for the Office of Sustainability on the LEAF Outreach Team. He is studying Accounting and Finance with a minor in Sustainability Studies. John is also part of the Environment, Technology, and Economy College Park Scholars Program. By next semester, he will have completed the program, but he still looks to stay involved. In his free time, John enjoys playing sports, listening to music, and taking long, sustainable walks on the beach.

Brendan Joyce, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Raised in North Potomac, Maryland, Brendan is a freshman studing Cell Biology adn Molecular Genetics, as well as Computer Science. He really enjoys helping others and learning new things when given the chance. He is also a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy College Park Scholars Program, and frequently tells his family and friends about all the cool, easy things they can do to stay green and protect the environment. He really loves teaching and working with other people in order to get projects done. He is really excited about finding new ways to help contribute to his community and also meet tons of new people.

Kate Robb, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Born and raised on Long Island in New York, Kate is a sophomore studying Environmental Science and Technology with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She really enjoys getting involved with the community and likes to share her knowledge of the environment with friends and family. She is a member of University Honors as well as the RESTORE club for Environmental Science majors. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, and volunteering.

Nina Slowey, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

All the way from just south of Boston, Massachusetts, Nina is at UMD to study Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Environmental Health and a minor in Spanish. Nina tries to get involved as much as she can. She is currently playing club women’s ice hockey for UMD, is a member of the Student Sustainability Committee, and hopes to join Students Helping Honduras as well. In just her first month at Maryland, she convinced two different people to start carrying reusable water bottles. In the summer, Nina is a camp counselor in Cape Cod. She loves working with kids and being creative and active.

Andrea Vo, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Andrea is a freshman Civil and Environmental Engineering major from Silver Spring, MD. Her biggest passion is marine life, and she plans to create and implement new filtering systems to reduce the amount of plastics in the oceans to save sea turtles and seals. Andrea is an avid traveler and enjoys being outdoors, swimming at the beach and hiking in the woods. Her favorite way to give back to the community is by picking up litter and tutoring kids. In her free time, Andrea loves doing yoga and petting dogs.


The Office of Sustainability was formed in the summer of 2007 following the signing of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The University has had a long standing commitment to environmental stewardship. However, the focus on sustainability at the University began in 2002 with the completion of the University’s Facilities Master Plan and the University’s first national sustainability conference: Beyond Compliance – Campus Greening Through Stewardship. Sustainability efforts expanded over the next four years through a variety of efforts by individuals and campus departments. In 2005 and 2007, the University joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several national higher education organizations to sponsor and host the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conferences. In the spring of 2007, the University issued its first Campus Sustainability Report.

The Office of Sustainability is administered by the Department of Environmental Safety and reports to the Vice President of Administrative Affairs.