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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:
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 has been with the Office of Sustainability since its inception in 2007. He developed and leads the Chesapeake Project, Student Sustainability Advisors 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 in Howard County, MD. 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.
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 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 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.
Kate is excited to spend the next year supporting the work being done in the Office of Sustainability, especially expanding sustainability into research labs on campus. A Terp alum, Kate graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English and a BS in Environmental Science & Policy. She has researched environmental policy and food security in past intern positions, and spent a semester interning in the Office of Sustainability developing the Green Schools Partnership. As part of the Gemstone program at Maryland, Kate worked on a four-year team research project studying food access and family health behaviors in low-income communities. In her free time, Kate likes cooking, reading, and hiking.
Samantha is a senior studying Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Ecological Technology Design and a minor in Sustainability studies. She loves being outside (no matter the weather) either hiking, rock wall climbing, kayaking, ziplining, or running long distances in the fresh air. She adores animals, loves food, and is always looking for new techniques for living sustainably or new green technology being developed for the future.
Harboring a strong passion for sustainability since the age of 13, Marques was originally born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Shortly after coming to the University of Maryland, he declared a major in Environmental Science and Policy. Marques also works with the United States Global Change Research Program to help sharpen his insight behind environmental decision making. His favorite things to do trying different cultural foods and loves small restaurants. He also likes exploring various city events and loves a good game of soccer or playing cards.
Jenae is a senior and Psychology major and Rhetoric minor at the University of Maryland. Interested in protecting the environment and promoting renewable energy policies, she has dedicated herself to working on-campus with the Office of Sustainability. She utilizes her environmental work experience and communications background to support green initiatives on-campus today.
Born and raised in Maryland, Marianne is a senior Environmental Science and Technology major, concentrating in Environmental Health. She has been providing faculty support on behalf of the Division of Information Technology for the past three years and enjoys this new opportunity with the Office of Sustainability. In her free time, Marianne enjoys baking, reading, and experimenting with her hair.
Danielle is a Senior Business Marketing major from New York. When she first arrived at UMD, she was selected to be a member of the College Park Scholars Honors Program: Environment, Technology, and Economy. Here, her interest in sustainability took flight, and she later went on to declare a Sustainability Minor. She is now an avid member of the sustainability community both on and off campus and is looking to incorporate her Business Marketing knowledge with sustainability efforts to make positive change in the world today.
Andrea is a senior Sustainability major with the Individual Studies Program who has recently become a LEED Green Associate. She jumped on the “Green” bandwagon after arriving at UMD and learning the importance of sustainability, which she now teaches to freshman as a Sustainability Advisor. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, whether it be a movie night or an adventure to a museum or other local activities. She spends free time during the semester doing activities with the Greek Heritage Society and tap dancing with the Terrapin Tap Troupe. She looks forward to completing her Sustainability major and hopes to work for a corporation doing Corporate Sustainability.
Raised in Weston, Connecticut, Morgan is a sophomore double majoring in English and Environmental Science and Policy. She enjoys getting involved and is the Activities Officer of the Frank P. Lahm Silver Wings chapter in support of the Air Force Association. She is also a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy College Park Scholars program and constantly tells her friends how to be green. Her favorite way to give back to the community is by working with kids, especially with the Girl Scouts of America. Morgan loves going to Zumba classes and reading outside in her spare time.
As a current freshman, Josh is eager to get his feet wet with the Office of Sustainability. He is currently studying to become a Chemical Engineer; someday, he hopes to work on electric cars to make them available for everyone. Born and raised in Maryland, Josh grew up loving the Patuxent River, and all of the forests around him. He loves the mountains of Western Maryland and kayaking through marshes. He is currently in the Digital Cultures and Creativity Honors College, where he is working with a group of students to create a pollution sensor that is able to measure and record levels of pollutants and send that information via SMS messaging. Josh’s true love (other than food and the environment) is to make others happy. He hopes he is able to put a smile on the face of everyone he meets.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Doris is a Nigerian American Sophomore studying Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation and Project Management. She is a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy Scholars Program, where she is a Scholars Ambassador. She also works as a Community Assistant in Easton Hall, and plans on minoring in Sustainability Studies.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lauren is a sophomore pursuing an environmental science and policy major with a potential sustainability minor. Lauren is looking forward to helping students become more involved with and excited about activities that are centered around sustainability on campus. She is on the University of Maryland women’s club soccer team, and enjoys playing various intramural sports throughout the school year as well.
Esanye is a sophomore civil & environmental engineering major from Baltimore with intentions to minor in sustainability. He loves helping out other students which is why he works for the Orientation Office as an Orientation Advisor as well as serving on the executive board of the Black Engineers Society. He also provides excellent service to students in his residence hall by helping to staff the front desk as a Community Assistant in the Denton Community. Running is one of his passions so if he is not studying for exams or finding some way to support other students, you can catch him on the track at Eppley.
A New York native, Ben is very outgoing and personal and he is sharing the love with Maryland. Using his bright smile and lively energy, he's working towards convincing people about the importance and relevance of sustainability. Ben is a sophomore Environmental Science Major and has a very fond interest in gardening. When it comes to facts about biology and ecology he is a sponge of knowledge and curious facts. Outside of school he does musical theater, a fun creative outlet. Ben is excited to start a new semester with his new team filled with new faces and and even more spirit. He is sure that the activities we do this semester will make a big impact at UMD. His legacy project will showcase the benefits of indoor house plants for improving air quality.
The Office of Sustainability 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 University began in 2002 with the completion of the University’s Facilities Master Plan and the University’s 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, the University 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 and reports to the Vice President of Administrative Affairs.