About

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

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. 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 helped launch the Office of Sustainability in 2007 and has developed and supported various sustainability programs in his time at the University of Maryland. He leads efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, administers the University Sustainability Fund, and runs educational programs that aim to prepare every University of Maryland student with the skills they need to be change-agents for sustainability. His work on integrating sustainability into the student experience was published in the Journal of Sustainability Education and in a book on ecological education. Mark earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Policy & Leadership, bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Organizational Psychology, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to working at UMD, he taught high school earth and environmental sciences, worked as a GIS specialist, and worked in organizational development.

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.

Intern

Danielle Norwitz

Measurement and Assessment Intern

Danielle is a junior Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Major from Germantown, MD. In addition to being a measurement and assessment intern, Danielle is an active participant in the Student Sustainability Committee, the Primannum Honor Society, and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Danielle is looking forward to applying what she is learning in the College Park University Honors Program to the Sustainability Research Team. Along with her love for going to the beach, she enjoys watching videos of food, spending time with family, and playing lacrosse.

Samantha Bennett

Green Office Outreach and Education Intern

Samantha is a senior Environmental Science and Policy major from Bel Air, Maryland. If you don’t see her travelling to campus offices, she may be seen tabling outside of The Stamp for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, to help educate the campus on topics such as domestic violence awareness or suicide prevention. She hopes to make a difference here at UMD by promoting sustainable office practices and encouraging students to achieve sustainable practices as well. Samantha plans to graduate in May of 2017 and later attend law school. Beyond work, Samantha also enjoys singing, visiting family in Puerto Rico, and seeing dogs on campus.

Christina Curtis

Measurement & Assessment Intern

Christina is a sophomore Chemistry major all the way from Bethesda, Maryland. Her passion for the environment led her to the Environment, Technology, and Economy Scholars program, where she discovered sustainability. As a member of the American Chemical Society, she helps spread her love of science through tutoring and demonstrations. When she is not working or studying, you can find her running, taking a nap, or binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Kyle Hardy

Writing and Communications Assistant

Kyle is a Senior, graduating in May 2017 with a Degree in Communication and a minor in business. Born and raised in the greater Washington, DC region, Kyle spent a lot of time running local trails as cross country and track runner. He still enjoys to spend his time outside at either hiking in the Billy Goat Trail or swimming at the beach. Kyle feels strongly about the preservation of forests and oceans both for their aesthetic appeal and their significant ecological value. After graduation, he hopes to use his background in communication to continue advocating for the protection of natural resources and other climate justice interests.

LEAF Outreach

Akshaya Anand

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Akshaya is a sophomore from Ellicott City, Maryland pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science and Microbiology. As part of the Environment, Technology, and Economy (ETE) scholars program, she enjoys learning about sustainability and giving back to the community. In addition to having a black belt in karate, Akshaya is a part of UMD’s competitive classical Indian dance team. In her spare time, Akshaya enjoys making friendship bracelets, painting, watching movies, ice skating, playing the piano, and hanging out with her friends.

Meredith Abigail House

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Hey there! My name is Meredith Abigail House. I am proud to say I belong to a University that supports my passion for the environment and continues to push the boundaries toward a more sustainable campus. I am currently a Junior at the University of Maryland, pursuing a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics with a focus in Developing Countries and Business Management, along with a double minor in Spanish Language and Culture and Sustainability. I love hiking, skiing, golfing and experiencing different cultures. My involvement on Campus ranges widely from involvement with the on campus radio station, WMUC, to after school tutoring for local students in Prince Georges County. I love meeting new people and talking about the environment so feel free to come say hi if you see me around campus.

Sarah Paley

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Sarah is a freshman business major from East Brunswick, NJ. In addition to being a LEAF Outreach Team Intern, Sarah is involved with UMD’s chapter of the TAMID Group, a club which does consulting work for Israeli startup companies in the United States. Sarah is looking forward to applying what she is learning in the College Park Scholars’ Public Leadership program to the work of the LEAF Outreach Team. Along with being a huge New York Yankees fan, Sarah loves to read, draw and bake.

Lee-Ellen Myles

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Raised in Laytonsville, Maryland, Lee-Ellen is a junior Environmental Science and Policy major. She is also a member of the Honors College and Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity. She enjoys getting involved on campus and in the community in order to help people and the environment. For this reason she is extremely excited to be working with the Office of Sustainability as a member of the LEAF Outreach Team. In her spare time Lee-Ellen loves going to farmer’s markets and she is obsessed with her plants (who all have names of course).

Chris Weir

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Raised in Harford County, Maryland, Chris is a freshman studying architecture with plans to minor in sustainability. He is an active member of the Environment, Technology, and the Economy College Park Scholars program and is a representative on their student advisory board as well as a Scholars Ambassador. He is invested in spreading sustainability practices through art and design. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, running, and reading.

Anna Lowien

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Raised in Southern Maryland, Anna is a sophomore studying environmental science and policy with a concentration in environmental geosciences and restoration. In addition to being a LEAF Intern, Anna also works for the Department of Resident Life in the Office of Student and Community Development. She is also a member of the Science and Global Change College Park Scholars program that focuses on global climate change, both in the past and presently. Her favorite way to give back to the community is through volunteering with organizations like the Anacostia Watershed Society. Anna loves to read, run, and play violin in her spare time.

Maria Cortes

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Maria is a pre-med freshman studying Dietetics and is very excited to be a part of the LEAF Outreach Team! She spends most of her time with the marching band and enjoys getting involved with vegan / animal rights activist groups on campus. Maria is currently in the process of becoming an EMT and plans to work with the College Park Volunteer Fire Department next year. When she is not obsessing over medical schools, Maria can be found using her magic powers as Vice President of Sustainability to plan events that raise awareness for animal rights and sustainability in her hall.

Rachel Mural

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Rachel Mural is a Junior Government and Politics Major with a concentration in International Relations. In 2016, Rachel transferred to the University of Maryland from Boston University, where she was studying Theatrical Design and Production. Rachel is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity. When she's not explaining the differences between compost and normal trash, Rachel enjoys drawing, reading, writing, and cooking.

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.

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.