Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Office of Sustainability

About the Office Staff Interns LEAF Outreach History

About the Office:

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

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.

Kate Richard, Sustainability Associate

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.

Interns:

Madison Birnbaum, Communications Intern

Born and raised in New York, Madison is a senior pursuing a degree in Public Relations. She worked for a sustainable beauty company and took an interest in how to be sustainable in all aspects of her life. She is working to further educate and promote sustainability to other students and spread the world of how being sustainable can further enhance their lives as well.

Neil Blanc, Green Schools Intern

Neil is an alumnus of the Poolesville High School Global Ecology program, where his passion for sustainability was born. He is currently a second-semester freshman in the Environment, Technology, and Economy Scholar Program. He is undecided between compsci or environmental civil engineering, but is decided on a sustainability minor. He is also involved with the Maryland Sustainability Engineering club. Neil hopes to reach the potential of the Green Schools project, and is most excited to produce real world change in his first college internship.

Erin Patterson, Communications Intern

Born and raised in southern Maryland, Erin is a junior pursuing an Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration in Land Use.  Erin is sustainability chair of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and is looking to promote sustainability efforts across other organizations on campus.  She is working to further educate and encourage other students and student groups to take their part in helping us keep our community environmentally friendly. 

Jenae Ramos, Communications Student Assistant

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.

Ian Reichardt, Measurement & Assessment Intern

Ian Reichardt is a senior Communications major with minors in Sustainability and Computer Science.  He first became interested in sustainability during a winter study abroad program to New Zealand.  Interested in the intersection between people and sustainable science, he hopes to find new ways to tailor environmental messages to create lasting changes in the attitudes and behaviors of less environmentally conscious people. He enjoys music, longboarding, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

LEAF Outreach Team:

Morgan Folger, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

Joshua Hall, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

Doris Ihejirika, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

Lauren McAllister, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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 Ogbe, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

Benjamin Shapiro, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

History:

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.

More: