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Our Team

The Center for Sustainability fosters strong connections and integrates operationsacademicscampus life, and community engagement to develop a more sustainable SCU.

Our team is composed of five staff members, two faculty associates with course releases to lead academic sustainability initiatives, student employees who gain professional experience while coordinating transformational campus sustainability and garden programs, and student fellows who spend an academic year exploring intersectional issues surrounding the climate crisis and local climate solutions. Many students also work with us through quarter-long internship opportunities.


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Climate Action and Energy Program Manager
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Academics and Engagement Program Manager
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Communication and Reporting Program Manager
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Sustainable Food Systems Program Manager


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Academic Programs Faculty Associate
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Associate
Student Sustainability Coordinators
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Strategic Engagement Sustainability Coordinator
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Career Empowerment Sustainability Coordinator
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Storytelling and Campaigns Sustainability Coordinator
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Circular Economy Sustainability Coordinator
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Applied Learning Sustainability Coordinator
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Facilities Operations Sustainability Coordinator
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Laudato Si’ Planning Sustainability Coordinator
Housing & Dining Sustainability Coordinator
Data & Analytics Sustainability Coordinator
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Communications & Design Sustainability Coordinator
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Collaborative Events Sustainability Coordinator
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Curriculum Transformation Sustainability Coordinator
Garden Apprentices
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Maddy Hwang
Garden Apprentice
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Community Development Garden Apprentice
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Garden Apprentice
Sustainability Fellows
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Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Fellow
Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Fellow
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Silicon Valley Power Sustainable Futures Fellow

Former Professional Staff: 

Forge Garden Managers: Rose Madden: 2012-2015, Katharine Rondthaler: 2015-2021.

Garden Educator: Lisa Martinez: 2015-2021.

*Sustainability Manager: Cara Uy: 2012-2022.



Sustainability Interns:

Lauren Hewitt: Buildings & Grounds + Virtual Engagement. September 2019-August 2021.

Michael Terry: Sustainability Project Assistant, Zero Waste. Fall 2018.

Steven Bucher:  Data & Analytics. September 2019-June 2021.

Garden Apprentices: 

Anjali Rangaswami: BUG Intern. September 2020-June 2021.

Julia Jenak: September 2018-September 2021.

James Konugres: September 2020-June 2021.

Food System Fellow:

Emma McCurry: March 2019 - December 2020.


Sustainability Interns:

Ali Deambrosio: Zero Waste. September 2018-June 2020.

Amanda Eason: Waste Diversion. January 2018-August 2020.

Emma Hokoda: Curriculum Development. April 2018-August 2020.

Gisselle Delgadillo: Academic Programs / Climate Action & Education. September 2017-June 2020.

Katie Simon: Communication. April 2019-June 2020.

Maddy Axel: Employee Engagement. September 2019-June 2020.

Mandi Sit: Student Engagement. September 2018-June 2020.

Nate Redinbo: Residence Life. March 2018 - April 2020.

Sose Grum: Sustainability Project Assistant, Marketing. Summer 2018.

Garden Apprentices:

Kate Wyant: 2020.

Sammi Zamora: 2020.

Tommy Hayashi: 2020.

Food System Fellow:

Nick Chan: July 2018 - June 2019.

Paige Whittaker: April 2019-June 2020.


Sustainability Interns:

Erin Ronald: Transportation. May 2017 - June 2019.

James Wang: Buildings & Grounds. September 2017 - September 2019.

Jarlette Uy-Custer: Project Assistant, Marketing. Summer 2019.

Sammi Bennett: Employee Engagement. January 2018 - June 2019.

Sophia Schnitzer: Sustainability Project Assistant, Engagement. Summer 2018.

Vanessa Shin: Communication. September 2017 -  June 2019.

Garden Apprentices: 

Everett Kinkade: Fall 2016 - Summer 2018.

Jessi Franco: Fall 2018 - June 2019.

Teresa Schofield: BUG Operations Intern, September 2018 - June 2019.

Zachary Gianotti: Fall 2018 - June 2019.

Food System Fellow:

Kalina Joffray: August 2018 - June 2019. 


Sustainability Interns:

Andie Filler: Curriculum. September 2015 - August 2018.

Chonsa Schmidt: Waste Diversion. September 2016 - January 2018.

Ella Kobelt: Residence Life. September 2017 - June 2018. 

Henry Ferguson: Employee Engagement & Zero-Waste. September 2017 - June 2018.

Megan Michel: Student Engagement. March 2016 - June 2018.

Garden Apprentices:

Meredith Anderson: Fall 2017 - Spring 2018.

Ryan Kincheloe: Fall 2017- Spring 2018.



Elena Jorgensen: Sustainability Project Assistant, Graphic Design. Summer 2018

Eric Hagle: January 2017 - January 2018. 


Sustainability Interns:

Allison Carmody: Food & Dining. September 2014- June 2017.

Clint May: Residence Life. September 2016 - June 2017.

Erin Murphy: Employee Engagement. September 2014 - March 2017.

Jaro Bellier: Buildings & Grounds. September 2016 - June 2017.

Lauren Moore: Communication. September 2014 - June 2017.

Nick Spinelli: Academic Programs. September 2015 - June 2017.

Tyler Meditz: Athletics & Recreation. January 2015 - June 2015.

Garden Apprentices:

Beatriz Monterola-Lemus: May 2016 - June 2017.

Hailey Kennedy: September 2015 - June 2016.



Laura Schumacher: January 2017 - June 2017

Mary-Ann Niktas: Sustainability Programs Assistant. Summer 2017. 


Sustainability Interns:

Alec Kwo: Student Engagement. January 2015 - February 2016.

Blair Libby: Buildings & Grounds. October 2013 - June 2016.

Kayla Wells: Waste Diversion. September 2014 - July 2016.

Keiko Montenegro: Residence Life. October 2015 - June 2016.

Thomas Wheeler: Academic Programs. October 2013 - June 2014.


Sustainability Interns:

Alex Garcia: Athletics & Recreation. October 2013 - February 2015.

Julia Peters: Athletics & Recreation. October 2013 - September 2014. 

Pallav Upadhyay: Curriculum Development. November 2014 - June 2015. 

Rissa Yaw: Sustainability Programs Assistant. January - June 2016. 


Sustainability Interns:

Asti Chandrakar: Curriculum Development. November 2013 - July 2014.

Claire Overholt: Student Engagement. September 2013 - June 2014.

Claire Ryan: Residence Life. September 2013 - June 2014.

Kelsey Baker: Communications. September 2013 - June 2014.

Lynsey Cumberford-Palmer: Employee Engagement. January 2013- June 2014.

Megan Anders: Athletics and Recreation. January 2012 - October 2013. 

Olivia Benson: Forge Garden Events and Outreach. March 2013 - March 2014.


Sustainability Interns:

Amelia Evans: Residence Life. January 2012 - June 2013.

Aven Satre-Meloy: Communications. September 2011 - June 2013.

Christiane Sanicola: Waste Diversion. September 2011 - June 2013.

Michelle Tang: Student Initiatives. September 2011 - June 2013. 


Sustainability Interns:

Chloe Fitzmaurice-Shean: Residence Life. September 2010 - June 2011.

Elizabeth Hart: Faculty and Staff Initiatives. September 2011 - July 2012.


Sustainability Interns:

Cara Uy: Residence Life & Move-Out Waste Diversion. August 2009 - September 2010*. 

Emily Orbanek: Communications. September 2010 - June 2011.

Hannah Slocum: Student Initiatives. October 2008 - June 2011. 

Kaelin Holland: Recycling Intern. June 2009 - June 2011.

Molly Kagel: Faculty and Staff Initiatives. September 2010 - August 2011. 

Richard Jaramillo: Reporting and Assessments. October 2008 - June 2009. 


Sustainability Interns:

Christopher Woodhouse: Communications & Reporting. September 2009 - September 2010.

Emily Thomas: Emissions Inventory for Catholic Relief Services. November 2008 - June 2010.

Kristin Sterling: Faculty & Staff Initiatives. August 2009 - September 2010. 

Preet Anand: Sustainable Office Assessment Project. April 2008 - June 2008. 


Sustainability Interns:

Jennifer Gore: Faculty and Staff Initiatives. April 2008 - August 2009. 

Tracey Mangin: July 2007 - June 2009. 


Sustainability Interns:

Peter Thamer: Sustainability Assessment Intern. January 2007 - June 2008. 


Sustainability Interns:

Brandon Ridley: Sustainability Assessment Intern. June 2006 - September 2006.




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We are a dedicated team of staff, faculty, and enthusiastic students who implement projects, events, and programs that drive SCU to a stronger culture of sustainability through academics, engagement, and operations.

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Center for Sustainability
Bergin Hall, Suite 200
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sustainability Committees

Laudato Si' Working Groups: Academics, Campus Engagement, Community Engagement, Operations - Energy, Operations - Resources

Tree Advisory Committee

Campus Sustainability Investment Fund

Carbon Neutrality Task Force

Curriculum Advisory Council

Transportation Demand Management Task Force