Staff

The Office for Sustainability is comprised of a team of professional staff who develops and facilitates sustainability initiatives on Grounds. They engage the U.Va. community to increase sustainability literacy, and provide technical expertise on building, energy, and waste management operations.

Andrea Trimble

Andrea Trimble, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Office for Sustainability Director

Bio

Andrea is the Sustainability Director at the University of Virginia and has been a leader in higher education sustainability initiatives for over a decade. Prior to joining UVA in November 2014, Andrea managed Harvard University’s sustainable building program, taught courses in design and sustainability, and worked in architecture, historic preservation, and sustainability consulting fields. Andrea leads a team of Office for Sustainability staff responsible for partnering and collaborating with UVA’s eleven schools, units, and departments to engage our community, steward resources, and discover ways to improve Grounds and beyond for generations to come. Andrea is a member of the AASHE STARS Steering Committee, the AASHE Advisory Board, the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition Steering Committee, the Better Buildings Alliance Higher Education Sector Group Steering Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of City Schoolyard Garden and LEAP. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Liberal Arts in sustainability and environmental management from the Harvard Extension School, and Master of Science in historic preservation from Columbia University.

Nina Morris

Nina Morris
Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Manager

Bio

Nina manages the outreach, engagement and communications team for the Office for Sustainability and works collaboratively to foster a culture of sustainability within the UVA community. Nina and her team develop and implement sustainability engagement programs, outreach tools, embed sustainable practices in existing events, execute sustainability events and campaigns, and manage sustainability communications for the University. Major projects include the Sustainability Advocates program, zero waste athletic events, Earth Week, Dorm Energy Race, Chuck it for Charity, signage, the UVA Sustainability website, newsletter and social media. Nina started at UVA in April 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & religious studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in community and regional planning from Temple University.

Jesse Warren

Jesse Warren PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Sustainability Program Manager for Buildings & Operations

Bio

Jesse is responsible for the University’s recycling, electric demand response and sustainable building programs. He leads a team of energy engineers who identify and implement energy efficiency and Delta Force retro-commissioning projects across Grounds. Previously, Jesse worked as a consultant doing energy conservation, HVAC design, energy modeling and LEED project coordination. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and he is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of Virginia. He is a proud father of three and a rain or shine bike commuter.

Bruce (Sonny) Beale

Bruce “Sonny” Beale
Recycling Programs Superintendent

Bio

Sonny is Recycling Programs Superintendent, he joined Facilities Management in October 1987, as an equipment operator with the Landscape department. He spent nearly five years as tool room and equipment foreman, before joining the Recycling Division in March of ’94. Now the recycling division leader, Sonny is certified in Municipal Solid Waste Management Systems through SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) and contract administrator for the solid waste and recycling contracts. He and his team have received numerous grants, awards and recognition in the UVA community, and state and national organizations for excellence of programs, education and diversion and has continued to champion waste minimization efforts. Sonny has acquired much knowledge and skills from previous work roles and interests, that helps create understanding and learning opportunities for himself and youth in our community. He has coached little league baseball for about a decade, was the leader of his son’s boy scout den, patrol and troop for seven years and served as Co-Program Director for the local scout summer camp. Recently Sonny has coached as many as two, Fall and Spring soccer teams in the area with the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albemarle (SOCA).

Ed Brooks

Ed Brooks
Energy Engineering Technician

Bio

In Ed’s long career with the University of Virginia, sustainability, utility reliability, and energy efficiency have always been his focus. From beginning as a boiler fireman, to achieving boiler plant superintendent, to opening and managing the Metering Department, where he began with only 150 existing meters on UVA’s district utility systems before expanding the program to over a thousand meters. Through a pilot retro-commissioning project he began UVA ’s process of retro commissioning now known as Delta Force; a multi-disciplinary approach to retro commissioning and sustainability efforts, which is now well-established within the Office for Sustainability.

John Jones

John Jones
Energy Engineer

Bio

John joined UVA in October 2010 after holding previous roles in the areas of facilities project management, physical plant operations, and mechanical and building automation systems contracting with various Virginia-based firms. He is currently responsible for evaluating, identifying and implementing energy reduction projects in existing university facilities at UVA. A few of his projects have included Gilmer Hall, Thornton Hall, West Complex and others. John holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Old Dominion University and is a licensed engineer in Virginia. He is also an accredited LEED AP BD+C and O+M as well as a Certified Energy Manager. Outside of work, John enjoys outdoor activities and music.

Sakib Ahmed

Sakib Ahmed
Sustainability Coordinator for Communications

Bio

Sakib is a web designer and developer specializing in digital, print, and visual communications. His primary responsibilities include maintaining the UVA sustainability website, designing graphics, producing quality content, managing social media, and promoting the overarching story of sustainability at UVA. Sakib holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and sustainability studies from Stony Brook University, and he is a Climate Action Fellow of the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute. On his free time, Sakib enjoys cycling, hiking, and volunteering with the Charlottesville City Market's composting program.

Dana Schroeder

Dana Schroeder
Sustainability Coordinator for Outreach & Engagement

Bio

Dana supports outreach events, programs, committees, and partnerships with sustainability champions all across Grounds. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating the Green Workplace Program, facilitating the Outreach Working Group, and collaborating with students and staff to promote Sustainability Advocates and Sustainability Partners. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental economics from the University of Georgia and recently earned a master's degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is particularly interested in community-based social marketing and behavioral psychology as it relates to the adoption of sustainable behaviors. She is also interested in yoga, live music, and exploring new places on foot.

Eric Gomez

Erick Gomez,
Sustainability & Energy Engineer

Bio

Erick is responsible for projects within efficient and specialty lighting retrofits, Delta Force, retro-commissioning, LEED measurement and verification, and water efficiency. Erick has years of experience managing energy retrofit projects for hospitals, municipalities, educational institutions, and Fortune 100 corporations. He began his career as an automation controls specialist for Honeywell, Inc. In 1991, he founded and managed an energy services consulting company in California serving several of the largest commercial real estate companies in the United States. Erick has a bachelor’s degree in industrial marketing management and was an NCAA baseball player at California State Polytechnic University. In his free time Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching baseball, and coaching youth sports.

Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens,
Sustainability & Energy Engineer

Bio

Paul brings years of experience in energy efficient mechanical system design, energy modeling, and LEED implementation to the Office for Sustainability. He is responsible for providing sustainability reviews of construction documents, working with a team to develop UVA’s first Green Building Standards, and investigating and carrying out energy efficient projects via Delta Force. Paul has a bachelor’s of mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, is a licensed engineer in Virginia and is a LEED AP BD+C. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and serving his community.

Doug Livingston

Doug Livingston,
Sustainability & Energy Engineer

Bio

Doug is part of the energy engineering team and helps identify and implement energy efficiency and retro-commissioning projects across Grounds. He also works with various stakeholders on Grounds to improve the built environment in order to increase health and wellness for the UVA community. Prior to joining UVA, Doug was the Program Manager of the Green Building Services department at Harvard University. Previous to Harvard he worked as a consultant doing HVAC and plumbing design, energy modeling, and energy conservation. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska and he is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California.

Andrew Pettit

Andrew Pettit,
Sustainability Data Analyst

Bio

Andrew is a sustainability data analyst specializing in sustainability benchmarking and greenhouse gas accounting. His main responsibilities at UVA include maintaining the University’s annual greenhouse gas Inventory, tracking performance towards sustainability goals, and supporting sustainability initiatives on Grounds. Andrew graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Geography and Political Science. Prior to the University of Virginia, Andrew was a consultant in DC helping state and federal agencies, corporations, and international organizations improve their sustainability performance. In his free time Andrew enjoys staying active, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places.

Christine Alencar

Christine Alencar,
Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Specialist, Green Labs

Bio

Christine leads the Green Labs Program and Green Labs Working Group, and is working to form an internal network of UVA laboratories for developing sustainable practices in lab operations. With eight years of lab experience, she understands that scientific research consumes resources, but there are opportunities to tailor individual conservation programs that work for the planet and allow labs to meet their research goals. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Science in entomology from the University of Kentucky. Out of the lab, she enjoys running, bug-hunting, and cooking for friends and family.

Student Employees

The Office for Sustainability student employees assist in the planning, outreach, and execution of sustainability events and programs. The students are organized into four teams and work four to twenty hours per week.

Maria Rincon-Lizarazo

Maria Rincon-Lizarazo
Team: Recycling
Major: Global Studies (Environments & Sustainability)
Year: Fourth

Bio

The project I am most looking forward to working on is the Game Day Challenge. I love seeing all of the volunteers who are eager to spread the word about going green to visitors as well as regular residents of Charlottesville. Mixing the awesome sport of football and the tradition of tailgating with sustainability education is a great way to advocate for the protection of the environment. I have a great opportunity to promote sustainable living to people outside of the U.Va. community. The best part is: we get to compete against other schools and show how much students at U.Va. care about the environment!

Nick Brown

Nick Brown
Team: Recycling
Major: Chemical Engineering
Year: Fourth

Bio

Nick is a 4th year chemical engineering major with a minor in materials science from Alexandria, VA. He is interested in pursuing a job overseas in the chemical industry following graduation. He is a member of the Recycling team and has been an employee since the start of his second year. His favorite events are GDC and Earth Week. He enjoys watching movies, listening to music, going to concerts, hiking etc. He is really interested in art and human culture. If he could graduate with any degree, without consequence, he would have chosen anthropology.

Heena Shah

Heena Shah
Team: Recycling
Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Year: Second

Bio

Sustainability and conservation has been a passion of mine from the start, and I have tried my best to pursue any opportunity I can in the pursuit of change. One of my favorite initiatives is Game Day Challenge because it reduces waste and it is a fun way to raise awareness for sustainable practices. Apart from sustainability, I am involved with the University's Indian Student Association and Club Figure Skating, and a handful of other CIOs.

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt
Team: Recycling
Major: Biology and Global Studies - Environments and Sustainability
Year: Second

Bio

As a member of the Recycling Team, I am excited to help others connect to the natural world and realize how big of an impact one person can make. I always enjoy fun events such as Game Day Challenge, RecycleMania, and Chuck it for Charity because they teach easy fixes we can all take to form a more positive relationship with our environment.

Sydney Applegate

Sydney Applegate
Team: Energy & Water
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year: Second

Bio

I was first introduced to UVA’s many sustainability opportunities through the Sustainability Advocates program my first semester. Now as part of the Energy and Water Team, I am excited to help change the way that the University approaches energy and water decisions that impact our entire community. Last year, my favorite program was Energize UVA. The weekly events, especially the No Impact Concert, highlighted the fact that even though sometimes we have to work independently, a whole community is there to support us.

Bryan

Brian Cameron
Team: Energy & Water
Major: Undeclared
Year: Second

Bio

Sustainability is one of my favorite communities because it's some of the most amazing people around Grounds working together to do some of the most meaningful work at this University. I think there's a lot of potential for UVa to become a real leader among other schools when it comes to how we prioritize sustainability. I hope that my work with the Energy & Water team takes us a step in that direction.

Greg Richmond

Greg Richmond
Team: Outreach
Major: Commerce
Year: Fourth

Bio

As an Advocate Leader veteran, I am excited to continue my work on the Student Outreach team and the Sustainability Advocates Program in hopes to expand the organization further and to widen our presence on Grounds. I am looking forward to all the great sustainability events coming up this year including Game Day Challenge, Dorm Energy Race, and Earth Week. Sustainability is an overarching principle that I hope will consciously effect everyone’s decisions, but this movement does not happen overnight; it happens here, at U.Va.

Althea Pickering

Dominique Ong
Team: Outreach
Major:Environmental Science and Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability
Year: Third

Bio

As a former Sustainability Advocate and Advocate Leader, I am excited to join the Outreach Team and further support the SA program. I’m looking forward to Earth Week because of the diverse events that spotlight how multidisciplinary sustainability is. I hope to help the sustainability community here at U.Va grow and engage more students especially through the SA program.

Lona Manik

Lona Manik
Team: Promotions
Major: Foreign Affairs
Year: Third

Bio

As a part of the promotions team, my main goal is to provide resources to everyone in the UVA community on how to live more sustainability and how to get involved with the many sustainability-related groups and events here on Grounds through hosting SustainaMondays and creating engaging video content.

Robert McCarthy

Robert McCarthy
Team: Promotions
Major: Undecided
Year: Second

Bio

Being involved with the sustainability community at U.Va. has enriched my college experience. This innovative and creative community is my motivation for working towards a more sustainable future. One of my favorite events last year was America Recycles Day; I loved educating others about sustainability and being a Sustainability Advocate. I was also involved with Student Council Sustainability and the Green Dining working group. This year, I look forward to working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff, especially with traditionally non-Green CIO’s, to promote sustainability on Grounds and beyond.