2017 Student Employees
Guadelupe Avalos, Georgia Roden, Katie Bolz, Magdalena Landa-Posas, Jessy Vaughn, L Lenard, Julia King , Amanda Cohen, Caroline Manson
Hailey Breaker, L LeNard, Leandre Mills, Amanda Cohen, Julia King, Madilynn Martinson
Georgia Roden, Magdalena Landa-Posas, Ajene Robinson-Burris, Briana Smith
Julie Hayes (Coordinator), Nikki Cavalier (Sustainability Graphics Assistant), Shannon Hessler (STARS Report), Nathaniel Huey (Multimedia Assistant), Sean Peterson (Digital Engagement), Lillie Sinprasong
Netu Boyal, Kaitlin Engelbert, Madilynn Martinson
Angela Oritz, Guadelupe Avalos, Tony Huizar, Kumar Swapnil, Gwendalynn Roebke, Briana Smith, Magdalena Landa-Posas, Magnolia Landa-Posas
Peter Brinkman, Daniela Martinez Carpizo, Emily Roos, Jeremy Stefek, Andrew Weier
Eliane Bach, Carla Roubaud, Nicholas Vallejo, Zoe Welz
Assistants: Haley Evans, Tyler Brooks, Adrien Horton, Priyanka Karki, Jackson Kistler, Ziyu Li, Josie Marquez, Priya Panati, Dylan Robinson Ruet, Elizabeth Stoneham
Team Leads: Maggie Bowman (SEEC/ SEEL), Margaret Habib (EBIO), Mark Barckholtz (INSTAAR), Ryan Pearson (Chem/Bio), Susheera Sesha Pochiraju (Environmental Engineering)
Sarah Egener (Coordinator), Christopher Urias (Coordinator), Katie Bolz, Mazlum Cengiz, Sy Baker, Sarah Finken, Adeduni Folarin, Peter Ganfield, Karina Hillman, Ahoto Obika, Alex Opipari, Isis Rivera, Paige Schneider, Jennifer Trigg, Ruben Vargas, Abigail Weeks
Liam Brodie, Spencer Turk, MyKala Cude
Christoph Cikraji, Thinh Dinh, Christian Dusbabek, Hunter Hach, Carter Jackson, Jackson Kahl, Drew Levitt, Hayden Marshall
Perry Andre, Thorbin Atwell-Donaghey, Evan Bickel, Andrew Dollard, Samuel Foley, Isaac Gesundheit, Clare Hamilton, Grant Kamin, Max Robbins, Dayton Rosenburg, Ben Self, Cary Sullivan
Bike Station Mechanics: Colin Campbell, John Kaupas
Jake Clark: A/V Assistant for Transportation Projects
Assistants: Sarah Adler, Angelica Alexander, Travis Arnold, Guadelupe Avalos, Josh Braun, Nuala Brennan, Basant Buddthoki, Hanna Danecker, Maggie Dobberstein, Fernando Estrada Pinon, Ethan Gary Bicas, Rebecca Horton, Justin James, Ryan Jarvis, Nikolai Martinovic, Josef Nelson, Pascal Staeheli, Rebecca Teachey, Prithvi Veeravalli, Sam Wasserman, Ivy Wingfield
Intern: Perri Longley
Lead Workers: Phillip Kamps, Robin Poley
Guadelupe Avalos, Anna Bradford, Angela Korneev, Kate LaMair, Michelle Roby, Daniela Withaar
Katie Bolz, Rosie Briggs, Larry Gumina (Compost Supervisor), Zach Huey, Rylee McCone, Kate Washburn, Chris Wortham
Ralphie's Green Stampede: Monica Rowand (Program Manager), Jeremy Donhowe, Ryan Jarvis
Jared Davis, Katherine Halmo, Rebecca Horton, Chelsea Mahon, Paolo Mendez Colon, Ruby Sloan, Kevin Susilo, Kristina Thomas, Mazlum Cengiz
A/V Support- Brian Kaplan, Ari Lightsey
Events Assistant- Jessica Vaughn
Fan Engagement Think Tank Assistant- Andrew Cahill
Sports Sustainability and Fan Engagement Assistant- Gavin LaCroix
Volunteer Coordinator- Caroline Manson
Jack DeBell has served the University of Colorado’s recycling program as a State employee since 1985. Prior to 1985, he worked for CU Recycling as a student and applied his coursework to develop operational, managerial, and promotional aspects of the program.
His accomplishments include teaching a certification and internship program for students interested in recycling careers, publishing a Decision Makers Guide to Recycling, serving on the National Recycling Coalition's Board of Directors, and co-creating the College and University Recycling Council. He was recognized with the University’s highest staff honor, the Robert Stearns Award, in 1997.
With Jack's assistance, C.U. Recycling has gained widespread recognition from groups including the Colorado Association for Recycling, the EPA, the White House Task Force on Recycling, Dell Computer, the American Forest and Paper Association, and the Sierra Club.
Phone: (303) 492-8307
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The most recent stop on the path of life for Dan Baril has led him to the position of Recycling Program Manager for the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dan decided to take on the responsibility of recycling at CU in the Spring of 2006, bringing him to be involved in one of the most established campus recycling programs in the Nation.
This CU Recycling Program is an appropriate destination for Dan¹s path since many of his steps to get here were walked next to bottles and cans. Starting his recycling mentality at Babson College, where he managed and expanded the campus recycling program to include all residence halls and a sorting process to generate revenue from the waste stream. While earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Dan also served as an intern to the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Nashua, NH. This experience provided a direct knowledge of the impacts that a recycling center has on a city¹s waste stream.
After college graduation, Dan spent his summers recycling at music festivals with the company Clean Vibes. This company was the clean up crew for festivals such as Bonnaroo, High Sierra, All Good, Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and many more. The great part about this company was their emphasis on recycling while also cleaning up all other trash in the process, right down to the cigarette butts. After cleaning up the solid waste that 100,000 people produce at a 4 day festival, Dan has seen the need to establish recycling as a standard habit practiced by all
With the CU Recycling program, Dan can help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship among students for them to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Day to day functions involve managing the recycling student staff, who are the life force of the recycling program, organizing recycling at special events on campus, working with the outreach team to spread awareness of recycling on campus, and working with the Green Teams to reach the students off campus.
Beyond recycling, Dan spends his time climbing, snowboarding, hiking, B Boying, mixing records, and going to see live music. Dan also strives to exercise regularly and eat healthy, as positive mentality can be directly related to physical well-being.
Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager
Michelle has long been passionate & active in sustainability, social justice, and cultural imagination. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow working to ensure global food security starting in the US and Uganda. She is also a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. She comes to the Environmental Center from the leadership team at Woodbine Ecology Center which promotes sustainable communities and indigenous values.
Michelle graduated from Colorado College where she studied Anthropology, Women's Issues, International Development and Urban Studies. As an avid sustainability advocate, Michelle incorporates a social justice framework in all she does. Through diverse community projects and experiments, she humbly dedicates herself to transforming our cultural, political and physical infrastructure in ways that enhance health, the environment, social justice, culture and beauty.
Her favorite ecological term is "ecotome" (or ecotone), an especially diverse boundary zone between ecological communities. Michelle is a multi-ethnic writer, project instigator, budding permaculturist, wife and mother of three.
Phone: (303) 492-3229
SarahDawn was introduced to The Environmental Center in 2005 through the Colorado Bioneers, which is hosted on campus annually by the Ecenter. After transferring in January of 2006 from Front Range Community College, she began volunteering, which eventually led to an entry-level position putting up posters for events. The next several years she held the promotions and volunteer student coordinator position. In December of 2008 she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Policy with a minor in Geography. Since then, she has been full time with the Environmental Center.
Her work helps connect the dots between social justice, the economy and environmental issues to achieve true sustainability and social uplift by supporting student leadership. She manages volunteers, general promotions, conference and event support and is an overall helping hand for the centers program managers, student employees and interns. Her specialty is connecting students with the "right" people or places on campus and in the broader community so they may contribute to CU's legendary leadership and thrive in their academic, personal, and professional pursuits.
Her passions include Colorado Bioneers Conference, Environmental Justice education and action, leading restoration and trail crews with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, edutaining youth in various capacities, and bringing love to all children, but especially her young nephew Seth and three godchildren. She grew up in Evergreen and Bailey, CO and has lived in Boulder since 2002.
Dana Kelly has worked with the Environmental Center since 1995. One of the things she loves about her job as office manager is that she gets to know everyone who walks in the door -- from dozens of student staff to administrators to visiting volunteers. Being surrounded by the E-Center community's enthusiasm and actions that are changing the world makes it a joy to go to work every day.
Dana graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Anthropology and Radio-Television-Film, before moving to Colorado with her husband Darren. Together they enjoy hiking, mountaineering, snowboarding and telemark skiing. They have introduced their six-year-old son Dylan to the wonders of Colorado's beautiful backcountry, and travel often to neighboring Utah's desert canyons. In between trips to the mountains and beyond, Dana and her family can usually be found at the local soccer fields.
Phone: (303) 492-8308
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Marianne Moulton Martin has been with the Environmental Center since 1998. Currently as Associate Director, Marianne is responsible for managing finances, communications, promotions and marketing, and conferences and events. She also works with student staff on campus sustainability initiatives such as sustainable food, reducing toxics and green purchasing. Marianne served a year-long term as Interim Director of the Center in 2005.
Marianne earned a BA in Environmental Conservation, Sociology and Economics in 1995 from CU-Boulder. While a CU student, she was the student director of the Wilderness Study Group and conducted roadless area surveys on the Routt National Forest. She conducted grant-funded research on "The Impacts of Transitioning from Extractive Industries to Tourism-based Economies: Case Studies of Rural Communities in Southwestern Colorado".
Marianne has also been active with conservation organizations such as the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project and Colorado Wild. She was the Assistant Director of SREP (1995-1998) and served as Treasurer on the SREP Board of Directors until 2004. SREP is now part of Rocky Mountain Wild.
Marianne is also President of her family's business- Burrell School Vineyards and Winery - in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. She eventually plans to take on a more active role in the family owned and operated business but in the meantime, Marianne enjoys the seasons of Colorado where she lives with her husband Bill and twin boys. Interests and activities include cooking, telemark skiing and organic gardening.
Phone: (303) 492-8308
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Dave Newport was appointed Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, in December 2005. Dave’s background is in environmental and sustainability research, teaching, publishing, and public service.
Dave comes to Boulder from his previous post as the University of Florida’s first Director of the Office of Sustainability. At UF, he researched and published higher educations’ first sustainability report compiled to global business standards, led global efforts aimed at unifying sustainability reporting in higher education, sheparded a plan to make the nation’s fourth largest university “a global leader in sustainability,” launched a zero-waste program that has since become UF’s 2025 target for all operations, and published carbon-neutrality research and planning designed to make the university climate-neutral. Dave also taught UF’s Honors Program Sustainability course, community leadership courses, and lectured extensively on campus greening and transparency.
Dave was a county commissioner from 1998-2002 and elected Chairman of the Alachua County Commission (Gainesville, Florida) in 2000. As Commissioner, he championed renewable energy and energy conservation efforts and sustainability policies for the county. Dave remains a board member and Strategic Policy Director for Cross Creek Initiative, Inc., a Florida-based non-profit that works with public and private sector clients on green building, energy, and sustainability planning.
At CU, Dave also teaches a Campus Carbon Neutrality Planning Course in the Environmental Studies Department, and Chairs CU's Carbon Neutrality Working Group.
He is active in national sustainability issues as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Prior to joining AASHE's Board, Dave helped create the Sustainability Tracking and Ratings Systems (STARS), a set of campus sustainability metrics similar to the LEED system--and dubbed by the Chronicle for Higher Education as the "gold standard of campus sustainability metrics."
Dave Newport in 1985 founded Florida Environments Magazine, a regional environmental news publication. From 1985 to 1997 Florida Environments' staff and Dave won many awards including Florida Audubon Environmental Journalist of the Year and the 1000 Friends of Florida Al Burt Award for Environmental Journalism.
Previously, Dave was laboratory director and instructor in the Environmental Science Technology department at Sanata Fe College in Gainesville, Florida where he taught advanced environmental analytical techniques. From 1976-1981 Dave was a research technician with the National Council of the Paper Industry and as an EPA contractor where he helped develop analytical methods for isolating and quantifying air and water pollutants.
Dave is completing a Masters of Science degree in Energy Resource Management and Policy from the University of Maryland, University College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University, management and communications, and an Associate of Science degree from Santa Fe College in Environmental Science Technology. Dave is also a Fellow of the American Hospital Association’s Healthy Community Leadership program, a LEED accredited professional for green building by the US Green Building Council, and a Stephen Covey-certified leadership trainer.
Dave has written, published, and presented widely on the topics of sustainability reporting, campus greening, and the practices and principles of sustainability and leadership. Dave has served on dozens of related boards and committees including US Environmental Protection Agency Higher Education Sector Performance Monitoring Task Force (current) and ULSF-UNEP-GRI Sustainability Indicators Working Group.
A beekeeper and fisherman, recumbent bicycler, and combined-driving horse-carriage competitor, Dave also plays the pedal steel guitar. He is married to Nancy Lockhart Newport and together they have five children ages 15-30.
Phone: (303) 492-8308
CU Green Labs Program Manager
Kathy manages the CU-Boulder Green Labs Program, a program she has been building & creating since 2009. She has a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and 15 years of laboratory research experience within the fields of Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, & Organic Chemistry.
Working as a research scientist, she saw a real need for a program to engage scientists in conservation. With the birth of her twin daughters & her hope for their future, grew her passion to promote change & create a program focused on resource conservation in labs which could serve as a model for other campuses to adopt.
Kathy’s action on climate change and conservation do not stop at work, but also is an important part of her personal life as a community member, citizen, and mother. With life’s abundance of opportunities, she does what she can to act each day, especially for system changes, and to inspire others to act as well.
Applied Learning Programs Manager
Kelly Simmons began working with the Environmental Center in 2010 after a year spent teaching permaculture design in Bali, Indonesia at the Green School. She is a Certified Sustainability Professional who spent the past 6 years shepherding hundreds of working professionals and students through the Sustainable Practices certificate program. More recently, Kelly has moved into managing Applied Learning Programs for the Center, such as Eco-Engage Events and Sustainability Skills Workshops, where she introduces students to a wealth of opportunities, career paths and skills in sustainability. She loves working at the E-Center and being around such dedicated and knowledgable colleagues and students.
Kelly holds a dual degree in Women's Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's in Education from Regis University. She has earned both a certificate in Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teaching, as well as a national Diploma in Permaculture Education. Kelly is the former Director of the Boulder Sustainability Education Center and has taught permaculture design and sustainable living skills at a variety of venues both nationally and overseas for over ten years. She currently teaches permaculture design for the Environmental Studies Department at CU Boulder and the Permaculture Institute of Santa Fe, where she is originally from.
Kelly enjoys being active in the community and has served on the City of Boulder Solar Grants Committee, the Boulder Valley Sustainability Education Task Force and most recently The Shed. She is the mother of a college student, and lives on an urban permaculture demonstration site with a small menagerie, and an abundant forest of food. Kelly loves downhill skiing in Colorado's mountains, rafting the West's rivers with her sweetheart, and growing edible plants.
Transportation Program Manager
After Brandon Smith’s first backpacking trip to Colorado at the age of 14 he knew that he wanted to move here. It took another 13 years to make that dream into a reality.
Brandon began his professional career in Austin, Texas as an intern with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a Municipal Solid Waste Planner and the next summer doing environmental enforcement. After graduating from Texas State University with a B.S. in Geography/Urban and Regional Planning, he was hired back to the Enforcement Division where he specialized in Public Drinking Water and Waste Water Treatment Plant cases. After a couple of years, Brandon was promoted to the Air Quality Division to assist with managing grants used to replace old and dirty diesel engines. Eventually he became the Program Manager for the Texas Low Emission Diesel program, which required refiners and distributors to produce a much cleaner burning diesel.
In 2007, the move to Colorado finally happened. Throughout college, Brandon worked at numerous bike shops throughout Texas and Colorado, so he was a able to obtain a position as a Sales Manager with a bike shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. Six months later he was hired as a Land Use Planner for Grand County, Colorado (Winter Park). When the economy took a sharp downturn and the development in Grand County came to a halt, Brandon quit his job to attend Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver where he obtained a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. During school he worked as a Planning Intern with Boulder County and later become the County’s Bike Planner/Employee Transportation Coordinator.
Getting people out of their SOVs (single occupancy vehicles) and into carpools, vanpools, buses, walking, and on bikes has long been a passion of Brandon’s. Since college he’s personally been involved in numerous carpools, vanpools, has ridden a lot of buses and pedaled tons of miles on his bike. Brandon likes to practice what he preaches, so his daily commute consists of riding one of his seven bikes to Union Station and then taking the bus from Denver to Boulder.
The most exciting part of the job for Brandon is working with college students to create a habit of using sustainable transportation that they will hopefully carry throughout their lives.
When Brandon isn’t commuting from Denver or working (which often are at the same time thanks to smart phones) he enjoys rafting, cycling, camping, gardening, exploring the Utah desert, telemark skiing, or just being outside with friends and his dogs.
Words that he strives to live by, “Be part of the solution, not part of the problem”.
Bicycle Recycling Program Manager
Michaela is from Denver and has been living in Boulder since 2008. She has been riding a bike since she could walk which is how her passion for cycling began. She prefers using her bike as her main mode of transportation, riding an average of 3600 miles per year. Her involvement in the cycling world began while attending CU Boulder, where she got a job refurbishing abandoned bikes for the bike program. Michaela graduated in 2012 with a bachelor's in Sociology and Russian Studies. Since college, she has become very involved in Boulder's cycling community through group rides, community events, and by working at local nonprofit Community Cycles as a mechanic, bike ambassador, and educator since 2013.
Michaela's career has now come full circle as she manages the very program she worked for in college! As the program manager, Michaela strives to break down barriers to cycling for the campus community by keeping racks clean, providing affordable bike options, and educating new cyclists on campus. Since her employment with the Environmental Center Michaela has acquired her bicycle technician certification from the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Oregon.
In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, seeing live music, cooking, camping, reading, and baking sourdough bread.
Green Labs Program Assistant and Outreach Coordinator
Christina has been with CU Green Labs and the Environmental Center since September 2015. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR in 2011 with a BA in Biology. She has been involved in biological research, conservation research, and research support since 2010 beginning as an intern at the Oregon Zoo for the Oregon Silverspot butterfly captive rearing program. After two years of research at Lewis & Clark College and Oregon Health and Science University, she moved to Colorado in 2012. Christina deeply values the positive impact scientific research can have on society, but also witnesses the large cost research can have on the planet. In her role with CU Green Labs, Christina is helping increase engagement by scientists in our laboratory sustainability program by coordinating contests, tours, and pointing researchers in the direction of the resources they seek. She is also spearheading a shared ultra-low temperature freezer program for campus where researchers can rent space in a freezer on a per-box basis.
Christina hopes that with her effort and womanpower, she can help the Green Labs Program continue to grow and serve more scientists at CU. Christina is beyond thankful for the opportunity to learn about laboratory sustainability and sustainability in general through her work. She is lucky to have a staff position at the Environmental Center and to be consistently challenged to learn more.
Colorado is Christina’s favorite place she has lived thus far with its easy access to hiking and camping and ever-changing weather. Christina dances the hula, is learning marimba, and plays softball during the warmer months. She enjoys riding her bike and the endless hiking opportunities Colorado has to offer.
Bike Stations Manager
Zero Waste Events Manager
Angie recently joined the Environmental Center in the Fall of 2015 as the Zero Waste Events Coordinator. She graduated in 2002 in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. It was a great fit to return to Boulder as and alum to further her career in the field of sustainability.
Since 2010, Angie has worked with ESPN developing programs for waste reduction, environmental education and sustainable practices in television production. Her focus has been on programs that further the message of environmental responsibility and stewardship in the sports and entertainment community. Prior events include Winter and Summer X Games, The ESPYS, College GameDay, and College Football Playoffs. Each of these events has helped Angie develop unique strategies to implement sustainable practices.
As the Zero Waste Events Coordinator, she currently works closely with CU Football, CU Basketball and numerous other events on campus to continue the mission of zero waste at CU Boulder and in the collegiate sector. She has a knowledgeable support staff of students and professionals that support the many events to create zero waste success. She also works closely with the Recycling Operation Center (ROC), which provides the avenue to process event collections.
When she's not sorting recycling she can be found enjoying all that Colorado has to offer such as camping, hiking and skiing. She enjoys traveling, singing, rugby and lacrosse (past CU club athlete) and of course all things that are friendly to the planet.
The Environmental Board works directly with students and administrators to catalyze change and make the Boulder campus a greener, more socially just place. A joint board of the CU Student Government (CUSG), the Environmental Board oversees the activities, budget, and programs of the nation's largest student-run environmental center and works closely with CUSG and Legislative Council. Members are all volunteers, with the exception of the co-chairs who receive a small stipend. More information including the bylaws, meeting schedule, and minutes archive can be found by clicking here.
There are current Environmental Board member openings.
Would you like to advocate for campus environmental policy, determine funding for innovative sustainability projects, get practical experience, and meet other environmentally concerned students?
If you are interested in joining the Environmental Board, please read the Application Process and Board Member Roles and Expectations, then submit a copy of your resume and a brief cover letter to email@example.com. You are encouraged to begin attending board meetings to become familiar with the board and demonstrate interest. Voting positions become open on a semesterly to yearly basis as students graduate. Preference is given to involved ex officio members who are familiar with current projects and internal procedures.