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Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar

Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D.

CU Green Labs Program Manager
Kathy has a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and 15 years of laboratory research experience within the fields of Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, & Organic Chemistry. She is passionate about greening laboratories at CU-Boulder which account for nearly half of all energy consumption on campus. She is also engaged with the green labs community on a national level through active participation in the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), Green Labs Planning...
Barbara Petkus

Barbara Petkus

Green Labs Program Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary biology from CU boulder and has many years of laboratory research experience. From 2014 - 2019 she was employed at CSU in a laboratory support and research compliance position. Barbara joined the Green Labs team in summer of 2019. She is ecstatic to be a part of Green Labs and to continue supporting the program and its efforts to increase sustainability...
Erica Au

Erica Au

Student Assistant
I am a student of the class of 2022 and currently pursuing a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I am working with Green Labs because I think it is a fantastic opportunity to be able to promote a clean and sustainable environment. I believe that the Green Labs program is perfect for inspiring others on campus to recycle and maintain a healthy environment. In my free time, I like...
Erika Guth

Erika Guth

Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
I am a sophomore studying Environmental Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies. Growing up in Colorado, I have always had a deep connection with the environment and nature. Working for Green Labs is meaningful to me because the goals of this program align my vision of creating sustainable and just world. I enjoy yoga, hiking, activism, and cooking up delicious vegan food.
Adrien Horton

Adrien Horton

Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
As an Environmental Studies major (with a minor in Spanish), the large amount of opportunities to conserve water and energy on campus really attracted me to work with CU Green Labs. Working with this program has allowed me to address topics including conservation, recycling, sustainability, and green chemistry in a very optimistic and professional manner. With the aid of older Student Assistants, I was quickly able to see how large...
Jan Hu

Jan Hu

Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
I'm a first-year undergraduate here currently majoring in Environmental Studies. I'm originally from Charlotte, North Carolina so Colorado was a big move for me, but I already love it here! I chose to work for CU Green Labs because I've always been passionate about conserving resources and preserving the environment and figured my interests aligned perfectly with that of CU Green Labs. In my free time, I love running, hiking,...
Jackson Kistler

Jackson Kistler

Student Assistant
Jackson is currently a sophomore studying aerospace engineering. He likes space, photography, and the outdoors almost as much as he likes people. He works for Green Labs because he feels that our lovely planet faces an easily avoidable demise.
Ziyu Li

Ziyu Li

Student Assistant
I am an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Engineering and planning to graduate in 2020. Born in China - a country teeming with pollution - I have always been passionate about the environment knowing how it effects us humans. Being a part of Green Labs is the perfect fit for me because I can finally put my passion to work, do what I can to conserve resources, and encourage sustainability...
Priya Panati

Priya Panati

Student Assistant
I am currently a junior studying Information Science with minors in Computer Science and Business Analytics. I have always had an interest in the environment and conservation, so I thought Green Labs would be the perfect place for me. My other interests include dance, tennis, and finding new and tasty places to eat!

Claire Perez

Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
I am currently a sophomore majoring in Environmental Studies. Working for Green Labs is meaningful to me because I have always been interested in promoting sustainability. My other interests include hiking, climbing, and skiing.

Ivy Wingfield

Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
I’m an undergraduate majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Art Practices, and I’m set to graduate in 2020. My favorite activities include drawing, enjoying Boulder’s gorgeous outdoors, reading silly comics, and gardening. As someone on the path toward the sciences and as a person who deeply admires the natural world, I was drawn to work with Green Labs by their constant hard work to make conducting...

Julia Arthur

Former Student Assistant
Helina Ayalew

Helina Ayalew

Former Student Assistant
I chose to work for CU Green Labs because I always had a deep love and concern for the environment. Most people are concerned about economic crises and social problems, but they fail to realize that environmental problems should be just as concerning if not more. Thus, for me, working for CU Green Lab is one way I can contribute to the effort of sustaining the environment.
Catherine Bacon

Catherine Bacon

Former Student Assistant
I'm an Environmental Engineering major with a focus in Applied Ecology planning to graduate in May 2016. I've been with the Green Labs Program since the Fall of 2014 where my primary assignment has been writing and designing the Green Labs newsletter. My personal interests include rock climbing, backpacking, argentine tango, lindy hop and baking for people.
Mark Barckholtz

Mark Barckholtz

Former INSTAAR Team Lead
Mark is currently a Geography student working at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) in the Ecohydrology lab, and is the Green Labs team lead there. He worked in electrical construction for 15 years and witnessed first hand the damage being done through industrial practices. He's passionate about the environment, conservation of energy, and promoting sustainable practices at INSTAAR.

Brett Blumberg

Former Student Assistant

Kyria Bosma

Former Student Assistant
Haley Evans

Haley Evans

Former Student Assistant
I am an Environmental Studies major and an assistant with CU Green Labs. Green Labs is very important to me and the other Green Labs team members. It allows students to work, engage in rewarding activities, and be involved on campus. I began working for Green Labs in Fall of 2016, and am excited to continue promoting sustainable practices on campus.
Christina Greever

Christina Greever

Former CU Green Labs Program Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Christina holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and has several years of laboratory research experience. From 2012-2015 she worked in research compliance at CU Boulder before beginning with CU Green Labs in Fall 2015. Christina loves being a part of the Green Labs team. Her goal is help the program continue to grow and flourish.
Margaret Habib

Margaret Habib

Former Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Team Lead
Margaret is pursuing her Masters of Science with the Emery Lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. She did her undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been the EBIO Team Lead since the Fall of 2016.

Sophie Hallems-Eames

Former Student Assistant
Abby Horn

Abigail Horn

Former Biochemistry/JSCBB Team Lead
I am a Biochemistry PhD student working in the JSCBB and I became involved with CU Green Labs in 2015 through the solvent recycling and distillation program. My primary interest in laboratory sustainability is increasing the awareness for recycling both consumables and solvents in the JSCBB. I think CU Green Labs has done an amazing job implementing new and exciting recycling programs and also educating researchers about how to conserve...
Priyanka Karki

Priyanka Karki

Former Student Assistant
I’m a first year student, majoring in computer science. I chose to work for Green Labs because I’ve always been passionate about the environment, and I think that Green Labs is one of the best ways to promote sustainability on a widescale on campus. Also, it’s a great way to engage in a community full of like-minded students and faculty alike!
Josie Marquez

Josie Marquez

Former Student Assistant
CU Green Labs
I am a Geology major and an assistant at the CU Green labs, I've always loved the outdoors and CU Green Labs is a way for me to give back to the environment making it a cleaner, better place. I hope to pursue an environmental conservation path with my major in the future.
Ashlyn Norberg

Ashlyn Norberg

Former Student Assistant
I am an Environmental Engineer with a focus in remediation. I worked for CU Green Labs for about four years and have assisted with a majority of the projects, programs, contests, and initiatives from Green Labs. I have presented twice at the national conference, I2SL, for projects I led and have worked closely with other universities and campuses to launch Green Labs Programs and encourage participation from lab users across...
Ryan Pearson

Ryan Pearson

Former Chemistry Team Lead
Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He is now a graduate student working towards his Ph.D. in materials and nanoscience. His research focuses on replacing environmentally harmful and rare transition metal catalysts in polymers and small molecule catalysis. The ethos of his research lead him to become interested in engaging scientists in the broader impacts of chemistry through CU Green Labs.
Sesha Pochiraju

Sesha Pochiraju

Former Environmental Engineering Team Lead
I am a graduate student in Environmental Engineering at CU. I have always been passionate about the environment and its conservation which made me pursue graduation in the same field. I wanted to stick to my passion even while working as a student on campus which is why I am so excited to work for the CU Environmental Center. I am a Team Lead for the labs in the Environmental...
Lily Robertson

Lily Robertson

Former Chemistry Team Lead 2010-2016
When I joined the chemistry graduate program at CU Boulder in 2010, I immediately jumped at the chance to participate in CU Green Labs as a second, volunteer Eco-Leader for my research lab. Since that time and the formation of the Team Lead positions, I have worked, in addition to doing my daily PhD research, to tackle projects specific to chemistry such as acetone recycling. In my spare time, I...
Dylan Robinson-Ruet

Dylan Robinson-Ruet

Former Student Assistant
I chose to apply for the Green Labs program because it helps everyone. Green Labs is a leader, guiding CU Boulder into the future while keeping an eye on the environment. I am an anthropology major with a deep respect for our world. Ever since I was in elementary school, I have been an environmental leader and plan on continuing that throughout my life. In my free time I hike,...
Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Former JSCBB Team Lead
The Jennie Smoly Caruther's Biotechnology Building (JSCBB) has a heavy biological research focus, and with that comes the use of many disposable goods. I hope to encourage conservation and recycling as a part of JSCBB culture, so that we can conduct our research with the least environmental impact possible. Since joining Green Labs in 2012, JSCBB has become the home of many recycling programs, and I couldn't be happier!
Panos Smyrnios

Panos Smyrnios

Former Student Assistant
I am an Environmental Science and Spanish double major planning to graduate in May of 2017. I love spending my time in the outdoors and have a great appreciation for the natural world. My love for the environment and aspirations to conserve it led me to CU Green Labs. Working for Green Labs gives me the opportunity to help make CU as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.
Elizabeth Stoneham

Elizabeth Stoneham

Former Student Assistant
I'm Elizabeth Stoneham, a 1st year graduate student pursuing a Professional Master of Science in power electronics and energy. My hobbies and interests are reading and drawing, in addition to exploring Boulder's mountains and natural beauty. I love working for Green Labs- it is a fulfilling way to make an impact on campus and in people's lives by promoting recycling, energy conservation, the minimization of waste, and the mentality of...
Sarah Vander Meulen

Sarah Vander Meulen

Former Student Assistant
I am an undergraduate student working towards a BS in Environmental Engineering with a particular interest in water resources/treatment and energy conservation. Before I even started classes at CU in the Fall of 2013 I was drawn to CU Green Labs since I've always wanted to help save our environment. I love working for CU Green Labs because it never feels like work, everyday is a new adventure, the people...