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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.



Scott Lupin


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 programs that aim to prepare students with the skills they need to be change-agents for sustainability. He was nominated for the White House Champions of Change Award by the Obama Administration and honored to have his name engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall, which recognizes decades of leaders at UMD. 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 Muir oversees campus sustainability communications and marketing. He manages the Office of Sustainability website, social media, newsletters, and public relations while also assisting with department-wide communications and campus sustainability programming. Andrew graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Mass Communications. He has worked in the communications and marketing field for sixteen years including seven years in the radio industry working for Clear Channel Radio and Columbia Broadcasting System. In 2007, he was an integral part in launching an eco-friendly radio station, 94.7 The Globe. He joined the University of Maryland in 2010, leading marketing and communications efforts for the Department of Transportation Services. 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.

Tanvi Gadhia

Outreach Coordinator

Tanvi hopes to serve as a resource to empower and inspire faculty, staff, and students with resources, tools, information, and connections to integrate sustainability into campus culture. She develops, implements and maintains programs designed to encourage sustainable behaviors, further UMD’s leadership in sustainability, and expand sustainability literacy on and off campus. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at UMD, Tanvi launched and ran the sustainability office at UMBC for 7 years. She has also served as a clean energy community organizer in Baltimore with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and advocated for sustainable agriculture with positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Center for Food Safety and with Dr. Vandana Shiva. Tanvi also taught environmental education at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, the Maryland Science Center, and Fairview Lake Environmental Education Center. She enjoys painting, drawing, hiking, gardening, volunteering, traveling and dancing.

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.


Sara Abramson

Green Office Assistant

Sara is an Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. On campus, she is learning about ecology and evolution, but in her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and watching Netflix. She is also minoring in Sustainability, and she is excited to gain practical experience in this field through the Green Office Program. She is eager to help offices and departments on campus become more sustainable and environmentally-conscious.

Rachel Fulla

Communications Assistant

Rachel is a senior communication major with a concentration in public relations, and a sustainability minor. She hopes to help increase sustainable practices through policy and education. As a member of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group (MaryPIRG) student chapter, she plays an active role with the students on campus to increase awareness of plastic's effect on the environment. She works part-time as a server and in her free time enjoys to paint, hike, read and write.

Kerrigan Stern

Video Production and Digital Marketing Assistant

Kerrigan is a senior broadcast journalism major. She creates videos about sustainability issues on-campus and assists with other digital marketing affairs. Kerrigan is excited to pursue a career in the communications field which she hopes this internship with the Office of Sustainability will help with, she says. She is eager to learn about the sustainability issues both on and off-campus. Outside of her internship, Kerrigan enjoys spending time with her friends, crocheting, and running outdoors.

Katherine Schutes

Measurement and Assessment Intern

Katherine is a junior double major in Environmental Science and Policy and Economics, and intends to continue her studies in Environmental Law after she graduates. At Maryland, she has participated in research on wind energy economics through the FIRE program and is a proud member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Drumline. Katherine is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, where she hopes to return to work on environmental justice issues in the community she grew up in. She is also interested in how people interact with data, and is excited to contribute to the Sustainability Progress Report though her internship with the Office of Sustainability.

Nicolle Schorchit

Communications Assistant

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.

Kelli Webber

Graphic Design Intern

Kelli Webber is a computer science major from Annapolis, MD. She is very interested in design, and she has experience designing marketing materials for the University of Maryland’s QUEST program and designing a web-comic with her friend Divya Rawal. Kelli enjoys scenic walks, bike riding, drawing, travelling, and scrapbooking. Kelli is passionate about the environment; she is grateful to have the opportunity to use her graphic design skills to help educate others about environmental conservation.

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!