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 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.

Debbie Namugayi

Sustainability Associate

Debbie works on program outreach and research for the Office of Sustainability. She primarily supports the Green Office program, LEAF Outreach Team, and the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. She is passionate about bridging sustainability with culture and behavior change. Her independent graduate research on sustainable food initiatives culminated in a thesis on Mexican culture and meat consumption at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability. After completing her master's degree in 2014, Debbie relocated back to the Washington, DC area where she grew up, and began working at Paladino and Company, a sustainability consulting firm, prior to joining the Office of Sustainability. Debbie is also an alumnus of the University of Maryland where she received her bachelor's in Environmental Science and Policy. Debbie is originally from Uganda and enjoys travel, fitness, trying new foods, and jigsaw puzzles.

Rose Brusaferro

Green Housing Coordinator

Rose assists with development, implementation, revision, and tracking for the Green Terps and Green Greeks program. With a strong background in environmental education, she brings her enthusiasm and positivity to the task of making sustainability at UMD a mainstream part of the campus culture. Rose was completing a BS in Biology at Stevenson University when she began her professional career as an environmental educator. She earned her MS in Environmental Science from Towson University, working in state government with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the private sector with Shenandoah National Park. Her research interests in sustainability kept calling her back to education, so she joined the University of Maryland to put herself in the middle of a community passionately working towards a sustainable future. Rose enjoys inspiring generations of young people to become aware of and take action towards sustainable initiatives. She grew up on a marina situated on the Chesapeake Bay, but now lives locally with her longhair dachshund, Guinness. She loves biking, exploring natural places, cooking, and hiking.

Intern

Gabrielle Kerrigan

Communications Assistant

Born and raised just twenty minutes outside of New York City, Gabrielle is a current student at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Gabrielle is eager to take on her first semester working for the Office of Sustainability, where she is hoping to enhance her passion for writing about causes she cares about, like the environment! In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys taking on leadership roles on the University of Maryland campus. She has recently worked to facilitate the “10 Woman Plan,” which aims to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, to her sorority, Alpha Phi.

Joey Williams

Communications Assistant

Joey is a junior Communications major from Bethesda, Maryland. Along with the Communications major, he is also pursuing notations in Public Leadership and Creative Writing. Joey’s passion for social change has led him to volunteer at the University of Maryland Help Center, a peer-to-peer counseling service and crisis intervention hotline. Along with the Help Center, Joey also currently serves as president of UMD’s chapter of Best Buddies, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Along with social change, Joey’s passions include the environment, writing, and music.

Keyona Islar

Graphic Design Intern

Keyona is a senior Graphic Design and Marketing dual-degree student from Fort Washington, MD. Her passion for advocacy design and the environment has led her to become a sustainability intern. She believes design is a tool that can be utilized to effectively and creatively share ideas with the masses. She hopes that her design work will help promote the importance of sustainability and encourage the UMD community to put sustainability activities into practice in their own daily lives.

Melonee Quintanilla

Green Office Outreach and Education Intern

Melonee is a sophomore Architecture major from Gaithersburg, Maryland. If you don’t see her travelling to campus offices, she may be mentoring for Partners in Print, where she presents learning techniques to Spanish-speaking parents in Prince George’s County. Her passion for meaningful work also led her to a summer internship with the National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, where she was part of a team whose mission was to make parks accessible to people with disabilities. She hopes to make a difference here at UMD by promoting sustainable office practices. Beyond work, Melonee also enjoys drawing, eating chocolate, and going home to visit her six siblings and two dogs. Her dislikes include writing about herself in the third person.

Zach Henderson

Communications Assistant

Born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, Zach is a sophomore dual-degree in Spanish language and Family Science, in addition to a double minor in Sustainability Studies and General Business. He is a Resident Assistant in Denton Hall on North Campus where he manages and builds community among 37 residents. Zach is looking to go into a career in Student Affairs after he graduates. In addition to being an RA, he is involved in on-campus research in the Psychology Department, along with working with the Office of Extended Studies as an Orientation Mentor over summer, and is heavily involved in the RHA of Denton Hall. Among other things, he enjoys running and traveling.

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.

LEAF Outreach

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.

Shyama Srikkanth

LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Born and raised in New Jersey, Shyama is a freshman hoping to double major in Business and Government and Politics with a minor in Sustainability Studies. She is currently involved with leading the composting efforts for the pilot program on campus. She is passionate about encouraging others to learn the right ways to separate waste and recycle. She is currently a part of the FIRE Research Program in the Sustainability Analytics stream. In her spare time, Shyama loves doing yoga, singing, and reading about politics.

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.

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.

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.

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.