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 and Climate Action Plan
  • 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 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

UMD Sustainability Director

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.

UMD Sustainability Manager

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.

UMD Sustainability Senior Project Manager

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.

UMD Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

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.

UMD Green Housing Associate

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.

UMD Sustainability Associate

Emily Hightower

Sustainability Associate

Emily supports sustainability on campus by working with the Office of Sustainability staff on progress reporting and other initiatives. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology and Economics. Emily previously interned with an independent publishing company, UNC Research, and UNC's Office of Sustainability, where she worked on student outreach, Green Labs, and data reporting programs.

UMD Graduate Assistant

Amelia Avis

Graduate Assistant

Amelia is joining the Office of Sustainability as a Graduate Assistant, helping run the Green Terp program and SustainableUMD Outreach Team. As an undergraduate at UMD, Amelia led the SGA Sustainability Committee and served as the Chair of the Sustainability Fund Review Committee, helping to connect student groups with sustainability resources and advance the campus conversation on climate action. She is excited to work with the new Sustainability Cooperative (SCoop) to build student-staff connections and uplift the UMD sustainability community. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and is pursuing a Master of Environmental Public Policy, with the goal of working in international fisheries management. She has held environmental policy internships at the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Embassy of Canada's Environment Program, and the Department of State.

Intern

UMD Sustainability Communications Assistant

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.

LEAF Outreach

Sonja Neve

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

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

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

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

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 comic books). 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!