Fall 2012 Student Employees
Anderson, Kelley T. - Energy Outreach
Ash, Brian - Bike Programs
Bangert, Megan - Energy Outreach
Bernier, Austen - Volunteer Coordinator
Beutler, Curtis - Recycling Outreach
Bibat, Alec - Innovation Lab
Blumberg, Brett - Green Labs Assistant
Bosma, Kyria - Green Labs Assistant
Brichta, Kelly - A/V Assistant
Brody, Sara - Garden Project
Brown, Lindsey - Sustainable Practices Program
Busch, Michaela - Energy Outreach
Bush, Megan - Innovation Labs Coordinator
Bussian, Peter - Recycling Green Teams
Campbell, Terrance - Environmental Justice
Coimbra, Jennifer - Environmnetal Justice
Delahunt, Bessie - Office Assisant
Dellheim, Lilli - Events Coordinator, Bioneers
Dixon, Hayley - Promotions
Driver, Beau - Family Housing Sustainability
Durbin, Stephanie - Campus Sustainability Projects
Faccenda, Leo - SCORE
Faller, Joe - SCORE Coordinator
Farris, Jessica - Communications Coordinator
Fields, Frank - Bike Programs
Forenza, Patrick - Transportation Promotions
Fortier, Kier - SCORE Coordinator
Germann, Phillip - Bike Programs
Gino, Ariana - SCORE
Gitlin-Castellano, Chelsea - SCORE, Teach4Sustainability
Gopalakrishnan, Maithreyi - Energy Outreach
Gosnell, Christina - Recycling Outreach
Hamilton, Chris - SCORE
Hart, Daniel - Energy Outreach
Hawkins, Rachel - Green Office Program
Holtz, Nina - SCORE
Hullett, James - Ski Bus Manager
Jerome, Kyle - SCORE
Joseph, Rachel - Recycling Outreach
Kimball, Rob - Web Support
Laguna, Sofia - Environmental Justice
Lee, Kevin - Energy Outreach
Leuschner, Paige - Energy Outreach, Housing Promotions
Linneman, Michael - Web Assistant
Lombardi, Elizabeth (Lizzie) - Sustainable Practices Assistant
Loomis, Francesca - Office Assistant
Lui, Swithin - Energy Outreach
Mabie, Johnny - Recycling Graphics Designer
Miller, Jane - Promotions
Nadiak, Zach - Recycling Green Teams
Nelson, Bella - Recycling Outreach
Norberg, Ashlyn - Green Labs Assistant
Nowakowski, Krissy - Recycling Outreach
Oyatogun, Funmi - Environmental Justice
Page, Meredith - Recycling Green Teams
Parthemer, Elena - Recycling Outreach
Phan, Tu - Graphic Designer
Pittman, Graham - Greek Sustainability
Rheingold, Joshua - Energy Outreach
Rimboym, Lana - Recycling Green Teams
Rockett, Caitlin - Green Labs
Salka, Michael - Bike Programs
Schild, Rebecca - STARS Coordinator
Smith, Hannah - Recycling Outreach
Stewart, Wes - Promotions
Tillberry, Cristina - SCORE
Wathen, Alex - Energy Green Teams
White, Mackenzie - SCORE, Teach4Sustainability
Wiebold, Lindsay - Energy Green Teams
Williams, Corrie - Teach4Sustainability Instructor
Wollin, Summer - Recycling Outreach
Ycas, Peter - Bike Program
Recycling Facility (IPF) Staff
Fall 2012 Student Employees
Anderson, Kelly A. - Recycling Assistant
Bennett, Zach - Lead Worker, Special Events Manager
Brandes, Henry - Recycling Assistant
Burridge, Mackenzie - Recycling Assistant
Dabrowski, Genevieve - Football Compost
Elizaga, Andrew - Football Compost
Ericson, Ed - Recycling Assistant
Frimpong, Stephen - Recycling Assistant
Fuge, Kelly - Football Compost
Goettle, Mackenzie - Recycling Assistant
Greening, Zach - Recycling Assistant
Haag, Zach - Recycling Assistant
Hicks, Elizabeth - Lead Worker
Johnson, Jessica - Lead Worker, Operations Manager
Kronenberg, Ben - Recycling Assistant
Lee, Moon - Recycling Assistant
Lesser, Amber - Recycling Assistant
McLain, Travis - Recycling Assistant
Mitoma, Alex - Football Zero-Wate Volunteer Coordinator
O'Brien, Zane - Recycling Assistant
Ono, Justin - Recycling Assistant, Special Events Recycling
Podel, Dylan - Lead Worker
Rush, Jami - Recycling Assistant
Thomoff, Caroline - Recycling Assistant
Zick-Smith, Nathan - Football Compost
Natasha Goss (Co-Chair)
Jon Prins (Co-Chair)
Danielle Watkins-Green (CUSG Legislative Council Delegate)
- Dan Baril - Recycling Program Manager
- Jack DeBell - Recycling Program Development Director
- Susan Beckett - Energy Program Manager
- Sarah Dawn Haynes - Programs Assistant
- Dana Kelly - Office Manager
- Kevin Krizek - Senior Transportation Fellow
- Marianne Moulton Martin - Associate Director
- Dave Newport - Director
- Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar - Green Labs Program Manager
- Kelly Simmons - Sustainable Practices Program Manager
- Brandon Smith - Transportation Program Manager
Recycling Program Development Director
It's time to take a positive look at work being done for recycling goals, Boulder County Business Report, May 1999
Jack DeBell has directed 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 including Colorado’s Recycler of the Year in 1988, the EPA’s Pollution Prevention Award in 1992, the National Recycling Coalition award for Outstanding School Recycling Program in 1995, and most recently, the Office of Federal Environmental Executive’s Model Campus Recycling Program award in 1999.
Phone: (303) 492-8307
Recycling Program Manager
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 Program Manager
Susan joined the Environmental Center in August 2010. She has found that the ECenter is a perfect place for her to share her passion for protecting the Earth's resources. She was also drawn to this position for the potential to mentor students on how to pursue a career that will leave a positive impact on the world.
Susan moved to Colorado from Tallahassee, Florida in 2000. She graduated from CSU in 2004 with a BS in Wildlife Biology. As an undergrad she did research for Centers for Disease Control on West Nile Virus and its impact on avaian populations. In 2005 she moved to Denver and up until August 2010 served as the Education Director for a wildlife refuge in east Denver. In 2009 she earned her Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Management and Law from the University of Colorado Denver.
When she isn't planning new ways to reduce CU's carbon footprint, she loves being outside and exploring Colorado. She is also a big fan of swimming, yoga, travelling, reading and playing with her dogs.
Sarah Dawn 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 was eager to engage in the opportunities beyond classes available at the University. After volunteering with the promotions of Bioneers on campus, she began working as a promotions assistant. For three 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.
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 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
Senior Transportation Fellow
Kevin J. Krizek came to the University of Colorado in 2007 as a professor of Planning and Design and was appointed director of the doctoral program in the College of Architecture and Planning. In addition to his regular work at CU Boulder, he has recently been named CU's Senior Transportation Fellow.
This new position by the Environmental Center was created to help provide the campus and the community with a vision and plan towards an advanced sustainable transportation system. The role includes interacting with campus and community transportation planning to assist with and synergize local and regional transportation issues, working with the CU Environmental Center's sustainable transportation program, mentoring CU students, and assisting faculty and staff in developing expertise and innovation related to transportation demand management.
"I hope to facilitate what CU has worked toward in motorized and non-motorized planning, and to further solidify the vision for CU and the community toward a sustainable transportation system," said Krizek.
Krizek said that it is important to recognize that CU has already taken ambitious steps to embrace sustainable transportation. With one of the most walkable and scenic campuses in the U.S., extensive bike trails with safety underpasses, and a well used public transit system, Krizek emphasized that his work will be to capitalize on these assets as much as possible, and to elevate what is in place to the next level.
Krizek is also the academic outreach and education coordinator for Sustainability Initiatives on the Boulder campus, and he is co-director of Active Communities/Transportation Research Group which studies land use and transportation policy effects on residence and transportation choices.
He holds a doctorate in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle. Krizek's blog, Vehicle for a Small Planet, discusses bicycle planning, active transportation, and active communities.
Marianne Moulton Martin has been with the Environmental Center since 1998. Currently as Associate Director, Marianne is responsible for the daily operations of the Center and manages finances, communications, promotions and marketing, and events including the Boulder Bioneers and Colorado Sustainability Summit conferences. She also works with student staff on campus sustainability initiatives such as sustainable food, reducing toxics and 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 coordinated activities for the Wilderness Study Group and conducted roadless area surveys on the Routt National Forest. In 1993, she conducted grant-funded research "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.
Marianne is also President of 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 Nederland where she lives with her husband Bill Martin and twin boys. Interests and activities include cooking, telemark skiing and organic gardening.
Phone: (303) 492-8308
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
Green Labs Program Manager
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Sustainable Practices Program Manager
Kelly Simmons officially joined the Environmental Center in July 2011 after working for a year to successfully move the Sustainable Practices program from CU Boulder's Continuing Education Department to its current home at the Environmental Center. Her duties include managing the program and occasionally teaching a course. Kelly loves working at the E-Center and being around such dedicated and knowledgable colleagues and students.
Kelly moved to Colorado from Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001 with her family. She holds a dual degree in Women's Studies and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her Master's in Education at Regis University in Denver and holds both a certificate in Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teaching. Kelly is the former Director of the Boulder Sustainability Education Center, and spent a year in Bali, Indonesia teaching at the Green School, an award winning international school. She has taught permaculture design and sustainable living skills at a variety of venues both nationally and overseas and has written for Permaculture Activist magazine.
Kelly servies on the City of Boulder Solar Grants Committee, and has also served on the Boulder Valley Sustainability Education Task Force. Her home has been on the Boulder Tour do Coops and the Center for ReSource Conservation's Tour of Sustainable Homes.
When she isn't working to promote and manage the Sustainable Practices program, she loves to be active. Interests include blues dancing, skiing, hiking, and working in her garden. Kelly lives on an urban permaculture demonstration site in south Boulder with her family, honeybees, chickens and an extensive perennial polyculture of edible and medicinal 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”.