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 Better Buildings Alliance Higher Education Sector Group Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of City Schoolyard Garden, and is Co-President of a local elementary school PTO. 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).

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.

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.

Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell
Communications Generalist

Bio

Samantha joined the Office for Sustainability as a Communications Generalist to help advance sustainability knowledge at UVA. Her background includes over a decade of artistic development with a focus on advertisement design, preprint and digital media marketing, special publication coordination, photography, website design, and brand development. Samantha has a Bachelor degree in Studio Art from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa. She enjoys all things DIY, thrift store treasures, and sustainable gardening.

Lela Garner

Lela Garner,
Sustainability Assistant

Bio

Lela is responsible for supporting numerous sustainability outreach initiatives on Grounds such as various committees, major events and engagement programming. Her primary responsibilities include working closely with UVA’s dozens of sustainability committees and working groups, supporting the organization of large sustainability events such as the Game Day Challenge and Earth Week, and aiding student groups, particularly the Sustainability Advocates and OFS Student Employees, in their endeavors. Lela started in the Office for Sustainability in September 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Bowdoin College. Before beginning at UVA she worked with the youth engagement project of the Environmental Defense Fund, which highlights her passion of forwarding sustainability initiatives within the higher education space.

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.

Energy & Water

Brian Cameron

Brian Cameron, Team Leader
Major: Political & Social Thought
Year: Fourth

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.

Sydney Applegate

Sydney Applegate
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year: Fourth

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.

Sam Mogen

Sam Mogen
Team: Energy & Water
Major: Undeclared
Year: Third

Bio

I was introduced to Sustainability at UVA while working as a Sustainability Advocate. I am thrilled to be working directly with OFS on the Energy and Water team. I hope to help increase awareness of the effects of overuse of energy and water resources within the UVA community.

Maame Eghan

Maame Eghan
Major: Global Development Studies & French double major
Year: Third

Bio

Hi my name is Maame Esi Eghan and I'm a Third year Global Development Studies and French double major and I am on the Water & Energy team! My areas of interest are sustainability and how to best conserve the Earth’s resources by enacting policy towards achieving that goal. I am also passionate about women’s empowerment especially in areas where women have less of a role in their community. A goal for this year is to learn more about sustainability initiatives around Grounds and in Cville and how these ideas can be replicated in areas around the world.

Outreach

Camille Freeman

Camille Freeman, Team Leader
Major: Environmental Thought & Practice
Year: Fourth

Bio

As a member of the Outreach team, I am excited to work more in-depth on programs that allow students to see their impact on this planet and award them the tools necessary to make change. I hope to integrate interactive sustainability training and education into the Sustainability Advocate program to foster a stronger sense of environmental stewardship here on grounds. Our team is excited to bring larger environmental issues to the forefront of student action here at UVA!

Ava Reynolds

Ava Reynolds
Major: Studio Art & Global Devlopment Studies: Environments & Sustainability
Year: Third

Bio

As a former Sustainability Advocate and active member of green CIOs, I am excited to be a part of the Outreach Team and help shape the SA program over the course of the year. I first toured UVA during Earth Week, and was excited to see all of the events and engagement I saw on Grounds, from not only students, but the University as well. It is amazing to now be a part of those events and the sustainable culture. I hope to inspire others to become engaged with sustainability through the SA program, and the outreach we'll do around Grounds.

Jillian DeWoody

Jillian DeWoody
Major: Computer Science
Year: Third

Bio

During my first semester as a Sustainability Advocate, I volunteered at the UVA recyclables sorting facility and was blown away by the enthusiasm and care that was taken to ensure maximum waste diversion at the university. The opportunity to explore unique areas of the University’s sustainability efforts continued throughout my time in the program, as did the chance for me to contribute to these efforts through student-designed projects. As a member of the outreach team, I am excited to play a larger role in a program that I found to be so rewarding. I hope to continue to foster a strong community of students with an eagerness to contribute to a sustainable UVA, while also reaching students who have not yet discovered their own interests in sustainability.

Jasmanet Chahal

Jasmanet Chahal
Major: Biochemistry
Year: Second

Bio

Currently, I am a second year at UVA and last year I spent my spring semester volunteering as a sustainability advocate. It was a ton of fun, so I decided to become a part of the Outreach team in order to fully support programs that help educate students on how they could both positively and negatively impact the planet. I hope that I could integrate more imaginative ways for students to be more sustainable here on Grounds!

Promotions

Virginia Harris

Virginia Harris, Team Leader
Major: McIntire School of Commerce & Global Environments & Sustainability
Year: Third

Bio

As a member of the promotions team, I am excited to share my passion and commitment for sustainability with the students, faculty, and staff at UVA! I am particularly looking forward to collaborating with the new first years to build a sustainable foundation at UVA from the beginning, promoting sustainability across various groups on grounds, and getting be a part of an awesome group of people involved in sustainability!

Delaney Buskard

Delaney Buskard
Major: Environmental Sciences, Public Policy
Year: Second

Bio

I will be joining the UVA Office for Sustainability as a former Sustainability Advocate. The SA program allowed me to see where I could be active around Grounds in terms of promoting sustainability and conservation. I was also able to lead programs around Grounds in which I was able to better understand common human behavior towards sustainability and see their real-life impact. I am really excited to join the Promotions team so that I can improve my communication and outreach skills, as well as learn how to effectively communicate about important issues to people.

Cydnie Golson

Cydnie Golson
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Second

Bio

With an interest in engineering for a more sustainable future, I hope to expand my skills within the realm of sustainability as part of the Promotions team as well as use a more systematic approach to not only spreading the word about sustainability on Grounds but also in truly connecting more students to the cause. I look forward to exciting students about sustainability and to inspiring them to be proud and aware of their practices and how they affect the environment. I have no doubt that through the work of all of the teams at the Office of Sustainability we can truly make UVa a leading example of environmental stewardship!

Sabrina Sampson

Sabrina Sampson
Major: Spanish
Year: Second

Bio

As a former Sustainability Advocate and current member of the green CIO Growing for Change, I look forward to expanding my involvement with sustainability at UVA as new member of the promotions team. I aim to do my part in spreading awareness and enthusiasm for sustainability with the diverse student body in such a way that it extends past graduation, becoming part of the lifestyle of UVA alumni throughout their personal and professional lives.

Recycling

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt, Team Leader
Team: Recycling
Major: Biology & Global Studies: Environments & Sustainability
Year: Fourth

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 am a big believer in the power of people and that the solutions to big sustainability problems starts with the individual. I always enjoy fun events such as Game Day Challenge, RecycleMania, and Hoos ReUse because they teach easy fixes we can all take to form a more positive relationship with our environment.

Anna Cerf

Anna Cerf
Team: Recycling
Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Year: Third

Bio

Before coming to UVA I was not interested in sustainability initiatives, but awesome outreach programs by the Office for Sustainability and other green organizations have completely changed that. This year I look forward to raising awareness about the importance of sustainability through events like Game Day Challenge and America Recycles Day. I hope to have an impact on other students' perspectives like the Office for Sustainability has had an impact on that of my own!

Isabel Kezman

Isabel Kezman
Major: Undeclared
Year: Second

Bio

As a member of the Recycling team, I am looking forward to learning more about our operations here on grounds and sharing this information with the UVA community. Recycling is vital part of decreasing UVA's waste footprint and I'm excited to collaborate with the team to find innovative ways to increase sustainability initiatives on grounds.

Jamie Wertz

Jamie Wertz
Major: Undeclared
Year: Third

Bio

I am so excited to be a part of such a lucrative team on grounds that helps link students and their peers to the larger green community so we can collaborate and promote a more sustainable campus and planet. I look forward to game day challenge events when we will have the opportunity to engage Charlottesville community members and students in habits like recycling. Sustainability has always been a passion of mine and I know working with the Office for Sustainability will help me inspire others to live more consciously.