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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 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.
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.
A LEED Green Associate and native Texan, Tacy is excited to spend a year supporting sustainability initiatives at her alma mater. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Tacy holds a BA in History with minors in sustainability studies and rhetoric. Prior to working with the Office of Sustainability, Tacy spent six months serving as a Green Cities Sustainability Fellow through the Student Conservation Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate studies, she also spent a semester interning with the Office of Sustainability and a summer working in corporate communications and sustainability at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas. In her free time, Tacy enjoys dancing, exploring Washington, D.C., and cheering on the Terps.
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Sarah is a senior Communications major with a minor in Sustainability. She first became interested in sustainability during her Spring semester while taking Environmental courses. Her topic of interest is climate change, and hopes to find ways to communicate this topic to those who are less conscious about it. She also hopes that she can help future generations become environmentally aware and make a better living for our home. She enjoys being outdoors, going to the beach, traveling, playing with her dog and spending time with friends and family.
Leyla Balimtas is a rising junior Communication – Public Relations major with minors in Sustainability Studies and Spanish. She began college declared an Environmental Science and Policy major, but found a special passion for communications and combining her love of the environment with her interest in public relations and social media. In keeping with these interests, she hopes to promote sustainability and inspire a global efficacy for positive environmental change. In her spare time, Leyla enjoys playing field hockey, giving campus tours, and spending time with friends and family.
Originally from Queens, New York, Tiana is a junior studying architecture with a minor in sustainability studies. She is interested in the sustainability efforts of the university, and excited to intern with the Office of Sustainability. As a tutor and mentor, Tiana enjoys working with children and introducing them to sustainability and STEM subjects. In her free time, Tiana enjoys dancing and modeling with the Echelon Fashion Society.
Nick is a senior seeking a degree in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Ecological Technology design as well as a minor in Sustainability studies. As a part of the major requirements, he took a renewable energies class. This class gave Nick the idea to seek a career in the renewable energy sector after graduation. He is also interested in global conservation efforts, environmental political issues, and novel environmental technologies.
Leah Schaperow is a sophomore studio art major. She has always been interested in keeping the world a clean and sustainable place. She believes that sustainability is important because it deeply affects the world we live in and can encourage a healthier lifestyle for the individual. Leah enjoys learning musical instruments and listening to music, dancing, and many different artistic mediums.
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.
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.
Natalia grew up in Potomac, Maryland, but spent most of her high schools years in Hanoi, Vietnam. Currently, she is a freshman studying Environmental Science and Policy and is a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy College Park Scholars Program. Clearly, the environment is a fascinating topic for her. When she's not recycling and "being green" with her fellow LEAF Team members, she sings with her UMD a cappella group, Mezumenet. She also loves to run, hike, and explore DC in her free time.
Sulin was born and raised in China, and she moved to the United States in 2009. She is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. Sulin is very fond of participating in the community and meeting new people. She is also a member of the Environment, Technology, and Economy College Park Scholars Program, which has inspired her to learn more about sustainability and energy efficiency. Her favorite way to give back to the community is to volunteer and get involved with organizations. She also loves working with kids and watching TV shows in her spare time.
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.
Raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Christine is a junior studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Christine is looking forward to learning more about sustainability while working with the campus community to promote sustainable lifestyles. Her goal is to be able to apply this knowledge to a career in business after graduation. In Christine’s spare time, she enjoys traveling and is excited to begin exploring the underwater world as a certified open water scuba diver.
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.