About

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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 Carbon 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

The office 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 began in 2002 with the completion of the Facilities Master Plan and the 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, UMD 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, Sustainability and Risk and reports to the Vice President of Administration & Finance.

 

Staff

Scott Lupin

Director

Scott is the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Associate Director for the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk. 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

Sustainability Manager

Mark helped launch the Office of Sustainability in 2007 and developed various sustainability programs in his time at the University of Maryland. He currently leads efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, administers the University Sustainability Fund, and runs educational programs that aim to prepare every student with the skills they need to be change-agents for sustainability. Mark was recognized for his work by the Barack Obama Administration as nominee for the White House Champions of Change award. Mark earned a Sustainability Certificate from Harvard University, Master’s degree in Higher Education Policy & Leadership from UMD, and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Organizational Psychology from UMBC. Prior to working at UMD, he taught high school earth and environmental sciences, worked as a GIS specialist, and worked in organizational development.

Sally DeLeon

Senior Project Manager

Sally facilitates progress toward campus sustainability goals through public reporting and policy analysis. She tracks and publishes sustainability metrics, supports implementation of the climate action plan, and advises campus stakeholders on carbon reduction strategies and sustainability rating systems. She has consulted for a diverse array of organizations on sustainable development topics, including universities, environmental NGOs, for-profit companies, and international development agencies. Sally earned an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Natural Resource Planning with a concentration in Environment, Society & Public Affairs from the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She completed Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Prior to her career as a sustainability professional, she taught chemistry, biology and environmental science for high school, and led service-learning experiences for middle school, high school and college students. She enjoys outdoor adventures, art, Pilates, and gourmet chocolate.

Andrew Muir

Communications Manager

Andrew supports campus sustainability campaigns through communications and marketing. He manages the Office of Sustainability website, social media, newsletters, and public relations 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 the Washington, D.C. area for seven years. In 2007, he was an integral part in launching an eco-friendly radio station, 94.7 The Globe. He has also led marketing and events efforts 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.

Samantha Bennett

Sustainability Associate

Samantha is a recent University of Maryland graduate with a degree in environmental science and policy. She hopes to make a difference here at UMD by promoting sustainable office practices through the Green Office Program and encouraging students to achieve sustainable practices as well while working with the LEAF outreach team. Beyond work, Samantha also enjoys singing, taking road trips with friends, and visiting family in Puerto Rico.

Lee-Ellen Myles

Green Housing Associate

Lee-Ellen supports sustainable living on campus as the coordinator for the Green Terp and Green Chapter programs in partnership with Department of Resident Life and Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She is a recent University of Maryland graduate from Laytonsville, Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Lee-Ellen is a former LEAF Outreach Team member and previously interned for the U.S. Department of State and Sierra Club. Although she loves her home state of Maryland, Lee-Ellen is an avid traveler and has lived abroad in Italy, Uruguay and Denmark. When not working or traveling, she loves exploring the great outdoors, visiting farmer’s markets and drinking coffee.

Emery Wolf

Sustainability Associate

Emery is a recent transplant from Austin, Texas whose mission at UMD is developing a Green Labs program to reduce energy demand and lower associated carbon emissions from research laboratories on campus. Emery received his Masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Energy & Earth Resources, and his Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University in Natural Resource Management. Beyond sustainability, Emery enjoys visiting new National Parks, live music, long road trips, and photography.

Intern

Anisha Carr

Green Office Assistant

Anisha is a sophomore from Silver Spring, MD studying Public Health Sciences. She aspires to get her MPH in Environmental Health, and is passionate about sustainability and conservation, but is also interested in Healthcare. During her Junior year of high school, she took a class on Environmental Science and realized it as one of her passions. She loves exploring new fields, and hopes to figure out a concentration to study within Public Health this year. She is passionate about making a difference in the world and is excited to be able to have an impact on the sustainability of our own campus.

Julia Kane

Measurement and Assessment Intern

Julia is a sophomore Operations Management and Data Analytics and Marketing double major and a Sustainability Studies minor from Bethesda, MD. She is thrilled for the opportunity to learn more about sustainability initiatives across the campus and country. For as long as she can remember, Julia has always been passionate about the environment and its inhabitants, often attending events in support of endangered animals and habitat restoration. Even as a child, she was already giving her peers the necessary information on how to save the world with tips about recycling. Now, Julia is hoping to inspire more students to get into the habit of sustainable living. In her spare time, Julia can be found glued to a new novel, hiking local trails, or playing sports.

Nicolle Schorchit

Communications Intern

Nicolle is a junior double majoring in Multiplatform Journalism and Plant Sciences. According to her, engaging and educating people about the sciences, especially about the environment and sustainability, is the best fun anyone can have. She also hopes to become an agroecologist to help people in developing countries prosper with sustainable agriculture. As a communications intern at the Office of Sustainability, Nicolle’s goal is to help inspire the UMD community make sustainable choices. When she is not excitedly ranting about something she learned recently, Nicolle can be found either gardening, reading, singing, teaching herself different stringed instruments (currently her collection consists of a ukulele, guitar, violin, banjo and piano), hiking/walking with her dog, and playing/coaching volleyball.

Annajoy Thompson

Photography Intern

Annajoy is a senior majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics. She grew up in Laurel, Maryland, but has lived in Tanzania and Bulgaria and traveled to over thirty countries. Her passion for the environment stems both from her father, with whom she built and planted a raised-bed garden and raised a dozen laying hens, and from her studies of the current agricultural system in the United States and environmental policies globally. Along with her love for travel and photography, Annajoy is an avid hiker, skier and snowboarder, athlete, and musician. As a photographer for the Office of Sustainability, Annajoy hopes to connect and communicate the work of the various sustainable departments, clubs, and communities on campus and to strengthen their network.

Emma Weiss

Graphic Design Intern

Emma is a senior at UMD majoring in graphic design and minoring in art history. She creates graphics and layouts for the Office of Sustainability, through which she hopes to make living a sustainable lifestyle more accessible and widespread through her passion for design. When she’s not immersed in the Adobe suite, she photographs weddings, organizes events for the student chapter of AIGA on campus, wanders art museums, hangs out in coffee shops, tests recipes in the kitchen, and wishes new episodes of Game of Thrones were available.

LEAF Outreach

Sonja Neve

LEAF Outreach Intern

Sonja is a junior Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration Politics and policy, and a minor in sustainability. She is an Account Executive at the Diamondback advertising office, a WMUC Radio Host, and the Fundraising and Events Chair for the UMD chapter of the sustainable ocean alliance. In her free time, Sonja enjoys biking around campus, hiking new trails, and traveling. She is interested in environmental education, and taught a sustainable cooking class at Camp Hidden Meadows last summer, incorporating vegetables from the farm into her classes. Through her internship with the Office of Sustainability, she is looking forward to helping create a culture of sustainability on campus!

Ryan Kapoor

LEAF Outreach Intern

Ryan is a sophomore who is currently undecided. He is a member of the club running team at UMD. When he is not at class or running, Ryan enjoys watching movies, going to baseball games, exploring nature, spending time with his dogs, and playing video games. This is Ryan’s second year on the LEAF Team. He hopes to continue spreading sustainability throughout campus by leading new and fun activities that develop and teach sustainable practices. He also looks forward to getting to know new LEAF members and making new friends.

Ruchi Nanda

LEAF Outreach Intern

Ruchi is a sophomore Economics and Statistics double major. As a sophomore, Ruchi is actively involved in Club Tennis and is a part of the Terp-Thon Planning Committee. In her free time, Ruchi loves to play tennis, hike, travel, and spend time with her family. Over the past summer, Ruchi found an interest in cultivating a more sustainable lifestyle. Through her LEAF outreach internship she hopes to emphasize the importance of sustainability to others and foster a more environmentally conscious community.

Rebecca Levy

LEAF Outreach Intern

Rebecca is a freshman Environmental Science and Policy major. She is excited to get involved on campus, and join new clubs! In Rebecca’s free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, playing lacrosse and doing miscellaneous arts and crafts. Rebecca is excited to explore College Park and get out of her busy city life in Boston. She can’t wait to get involved with the LEAF outreach team and spread sustainable practices around campus.

Michael Marinelli

LEAF Outreach Intern

Michael is a sophomore Environmental Science & Policy major with a concentration in Politics and Policy and an English double-major with a concentration in Literature. As a sophomore, he is a Resident Assistant in Cumberland Hall and a Member-At-Large of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, working out, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and reading (particularly comicbooks). A Baltimore City resident, Michael is particularly interested in Environmental and Social Justice. Through his internship with the LEAF Outreach Team, Michael is looking forward to leading others to be more environmentally conscious.

Madeleine Birney

LEAF Outreach Intern

Madeleine is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major. As a freshman, she is a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy scholars program at UMD. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys reading, swimming, exploring campus events, and spending time with family and friends. Before coming to UMD, Madeleine attended high school in Rockville, Maryland, where she found a passion for engineering and environmental conservation. Through her internship with the Office of Sustainability, she is looking forward to helping others becoming more environmentally conscious.

Karlee Shadle

LEAF Outreach Intern

Karlee is an Environmental Science and Policy: Biodiversity & Conservation Biology major, with a minor in Sustainability. She grew up in Chestertown, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Karlee’s passion for environmental preservation and protection began at her middle school, where she joined her school’s Ecology Corp. Since then, she has made it her goal to inspire a love for nature and environmentalism in others. Karlee loves hiking, kayaking, going to concerts and music festivals, and hanging out with her friends. She is super excited for her first year on the LEAF Outreach Team, and can’t wait to encourage others to make more sustainable choices!

Jessica Kesselman

LEAF Outreach Intern

Jessica is a sophomore double majoring in Government and Politics and Philosophy. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity), TerraFins, and works at the Call Center on campus. In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors with friends and family. During winter break of her freshman year, she traveled to Guatemala through UMD Hillel’s Alternative Break service trip where she discovered her passion for sustainability. Through the LEAF Outreach program, she is looking forward to informing others on how to lead a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

Courtney Fumagalli

LEAF Outreach Intern

Courtney is a freshman Public Health major. As a freshman, she is a member of Green Terp. In her free time, Becca enjoys playing field hockey, planting, playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends. Before transferring to UMD, Becca attended Gaithersburg High School, where she was accepted into a STEM program called PLTW. It was through her STEM classes that she found her love for all sciences, but specifically Environmental Epidemiology. Through her internship with the Office of Sustainability, she is looking forward to encouraging others to become more environmentally sustainable.

Andrew Liu

LEAF Outreach Intern

Andrew is a sophomore Finance Major and is pursuing a minor in Sustainability Studies. As a Sophomore, he is a member of Chinese Student Association and is involved in a volunteer organization called Tzu Ching. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, ballroom dancing and watching movies. Before arriving at UMD, Andrew went to Richard Montgomery High School, where his AP Enviro teacher inspired him to respect the environment. Through his internship with the Office of Sustainability, he is looking forward to meeting other people who care about the environment and improve his communication skills.

Denise Ndovie

LEAF Outreach Intern

Denise is a senior Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy. Born in Malawi Africa, Denise lived in the Middle East before moving to the US, and currently resides in Rockville, MD. In her free time she enjoys baking, going for long walks, binge watching Netflix shows, and spending time with family and friends. Denise has had a passion for learning about the environment that surrounds her for as long as she can remember. It is with great pleasure that she gets to teach what she has learned to others through the LEAF team.

Maggie Tan

LEAF Outreach Team Leader

Maggie is a junior Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration in Geosciences and Restoration and a minor in Geochemistry. As a junior, she is an Honors Section Leader and a mentor for America Counts. In her free time, Maggie enjoys running, hiking, exploring new cities, and spending time with family and friends. Maggie has always had a passion for environment conservation and hopes in the future to play a role in environmental restoration. Through her internship with the Office of Sustainability, she is looking forward to using her platform in inspiring others to lead more sustainable lives.

Carmen Borgia

LEAF Outreach Team Leader

Carmen is a sophomore from here in College Park, studying psychology, rhetoric, and design. She has always had a knack for art and creativity, and she aspires to combine this artistic talent with her passion for social justice in order to create media that meaningfully influences social change. In her free time, Carmen loves to work out, play sports, create videos, travel, and go on adventures—anything outdoors! As well as working for SustainableUMD, she is involved in Maryland Filmmaker’s Club and is further pursing her newfound love for leadership as a challenge course facilitator at UMD Recwell. This year, she can’t wait to pass on all of the experience she has gained to her fellow LEAF team members!