Capstone advisors are available to help guide the Capstone Project by serving as the facutly point-of-contact to partners, advise students on the direction of the project, connecting students with topical experts, monitoring the progresss and academic rigor of the project, as well as providing substantive feedback to students. 

Jonathan Asher

Capstone Advisor
MENV
Devon Bertram

Devon Bertram

Mentor-in-Residence
MENV
Devon Bertram leads strategy within the Sustainable Buildings team at the commercial real estate service firm, stok. With a tested background in strategic sustainability action planning, Devon helps organizations define, develop, and implement sustainability programs for their building portfolios, and align them with their broader strategic goals. Her early experience supporting organizations through LEED Volume uncovered the skills, passion, and intricacies required to effectively integrate a sustainability lens across an...

Derek Fehrer

Capstone Advisor
Gretel Follingstad

Gretel Follingstad

Instructor
MENV
Ms. Follingstad is currently a PhD candidate in Planning and Design at the University of Colorado, Denver. Gretel’s research focuses on building water resilience for drought prone, rapidly growing communities under the pressures of climate change. Gretel examines water resilience at three scales: individual water use determinants, spatial design and land use planning adaptations and collaborative policy solutions. Gretel comes to this level of study with extensive experience in land...
Joel Hartter

Joel Hartter

Director • Professor
MENV
Joel is a Professor and Director of Professional Programs in the Department of Environmental Studies, which includes both the Masters of the Environment and Outdoor Recreation Economy programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. Joel loves working with students and amazing staff and faculty, all focused on making the world a better place. As Director, he is passionate about supporting professionals who will spend their careers leading and enabling change...
Kimberly

Kimberly Kosmenko

Teaching Assistant Professor
MENV
Kimberly Kosmenko, M.S., MBA is a business strategist and educator focused on inclusive, sustainable, and resilient business practices. As a business owner and consultant, she provides strategy facilitation and leadership training to organizations that strive to differentiate themselves as leaders in the sustainable and socially responsible business space. As a member of the core faculty for the University of Colorado's Masters of the Environment program, Kimberly designs and teaches courses...
Lydia Lawhon

Lydia Lawhon

Environmental & Natural Resources Policy Specialization Co-Lead • Instructor
Environmental Studies
Lydia Lawhon received her PhD in the Department of Environmental Studiesat CU-Boulder in 2016. Her research considers the role of local knowledge in crafting environmental policy, as well as ways to reduce conflict and improve outcomes for controversial natural resources policy problems. Her dissertation focused on the transition to state management of wolves in Wyoming following federal delisting. In addition, she conducts research on wildfire issues in Colorado and is...
Josh Radoff

Josh Radoff

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Specialization Lead • Teaching Assistant Professor
MENV
Josh is a Senior Vice President with WSP and leads their Built Ecology practice, WSP’s national built environment sustainability team. Josh works on a range of horizontal and vertical sustainable buildings and infrastructure projects, including those pursuing high level sustainability goals such as Net Zero Energy, WELL and LEED certification, etc. Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, was a co-founder of the green building advocacy group...

Colleen Scanlan

Capstone Advisor
William Shutkin

William Shutkin

Urban Resilience & Sustainability Specialization Lead • Teaching Assistant Professor
MENV
A social entrepreneur, attorney and educator, William Shutkin has been at the forefront of the sustainability field for over 25 years. David Brower, the father of the modern environmental movement, described him as “an environmental visionary creating solutions to today’s problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud.” Shutkin is a sustainable developer based in Boulder, Colorado, focused on green, mixed-use, mixed-income projects...
Damien Thompson

Damien Thompson

Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead • Teaching Assistant Professor
MENV
Damien Thompson, PhD is the Sustainable Food Systems Specialization Lead in the Masters of the Environment Graduate Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to his training and teaching in anthropology, Dr. Thompson also holds a certification in Permaculture Design, an Advanced Permaculture Design certification as well as a Teaching Certification from the Yoga Alliance. He is a farmer and a designer of biodiverse food producing landscapes. In...
Taber Ward

Taber Ward

Instructor
MENV
Taber is an attorney and Vice President at CDR Associates, a nonprofit facilitation firm that designs collaborative decision-making processes for projects in transportation, agriculture and water resources, and land management. Taber focuses on food systems and food access, stakeholder engagement, and community and economic development. Prior to working at CDR Associates, Taber founded a nonprofit educational goat dairy in downtown Boulder, CO, and also worked as a Food Policy Specialist...
Nicole Wobus

Nicole Wobus

Capstone Advisor
MENV
Nicole leads energy efficiency and renewable energy program design, evaluation, and market studies for utilities and state agencies, as well as climate action, sustainability, and resilience-focused planning efforts for organizations nationwide. Her work helps guide program resource and policy decisions aimed at tackling the climate crisis and building a more sustainable future. Nicole has over twenty years of experience in environmental policy, planning and markets, with areas of focus including...