SustainableUMD
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.

Tacy Lambiase, Sustainability Associate

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.

Carissa Hipsher, Sustainability Associate

Carissa works in both the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Research Safety. Her primary project is to develop the Green Labs program. She has a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University and an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland. Carissa has previously worked in multiple sustainability offices, including The Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University South Bend where she coordinated an annual electrics recycling event. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and spending time with her family in her free time.

Interns:

Keighley Joyce, Communications Assistant

As a senior communication major with a focus in public relations, Keighley is excited to join the Office of Sustainability as a Communications Intern. Raised in Voorhees, New Jersey, Keighley grew up loving and spending every summer on the New Jersey beaches. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries, traveling to new places and spending time with family and friends. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Keighley plans to pursue her career in public relations and marketing.

Sarah Miles, Communications Assistant

Sarah Miles was born and raised in La Plata, Maryland. Growing up she liked to go boating and fishing on the Potomac River with her friends and family, giving her an appreciation for the outdoors. She is a junior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in policy. Sarah has always been passionate about the environment, and is excited to intern with the Office of Sustainability this fall. In her spare time, Sarah likes to volunteer at the Food Co-op in Stamp and jog on the many trails College Park has to offer. She is also an avid reader, and likes to stay current on a number of environmental issues.

Laura Eng, Graphic Design Assistant

Born in NYC and raised in Westchester, New York, Laura is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Energy & Environmental Engineering. She enjoys getting involved and is a member of Oakland's Hall Council where she is currently the Vice President of Sustainability. Laura has a passion for the environment and loves promoting sustainability on campus. In her free time, Laura enjoys painting, playing tennis, swimming, and going to yoga classes.

Shade Pratt, Graphic Design Assistant

Shade is from Rosemount, Minnesota. As a senior in the Individual Studies Program, majoring in Design & the Built Environment with a minor in sustainability, she joins the Office of Sustainability as a Graphic Design Intern. She loves getting involved around campus and within the community, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of The Grass Roots Project are just a few of the activities she is apart of. Shade’s passions and hobbies include art, photography, and sports.

LEAF Outreach Team:

Morgan Folger, LEAF Outreach Team Lead

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 rising sophomore, Josh is very excited to be working with the Office of Sustainability. He currently plans on becoming a Broadcast Journalist. 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, a place that allows him to work and train creatively. 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.

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.

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.

Melissa Naugle, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Melissa Naugle is a sophomore Environmental Science and Policy major with a concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. She has been passionate about the environment since attending Poolesville High School’s Global Ecology Program. Since then, Melissa has enjoyed working at Locust Grove Nature Center, leading hikes and campfires for children. She is excited to work with students to promote sustainability on campus. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, yoga, and photography.

Natalia Jaffee, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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 Wu, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

John Henn, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

Christine Kaiser, LEAF Outreach Team Intern

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.

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.

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