Office of Sustainability

A Sustainable UA is about all of us. Students, Employees, Faculty, Administrators. We all play an important part in transforming our campus into a living learning laboratory for solutions to sustainability challenges.

The University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability coordinates environmental sustainability programs, initiatives and communication across the university, working with students, faculty and staff to ensure that the UA continues to be a leader in sustainability among its peers.

Indeed, the UA’s commitment to sustainability was recognized in 2012 with a gold rating for sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which is considered the gold-standard in third-party assessment.

In addition to engaging with Business and Student Affairs units, as well as student groups and clubs, the Office of Sustainability coordinates the activities of the UA Green Fund Committee and works closely with the President’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability.

The Office of Sustainability is located in Likins Hall at the northeast corner of 6th Street and Highland Avenue. Stop by to say hello! Or email a staff member with a particular question, idea or concern. Learn about current Office of Sustainability staff below.

Mailing Address (different from physical address):
P.O. Box 210182
Tucson, AZ 85721-0182

Ben Champion
Director

As Director of the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability, Ben is committed to student engagement through sustainability initiatives and to advancing the UA’s performance as a leader in higher education sustainability. The Office of Sustainability facilitates the UA’s efforts to support a vibrant and sustainable desert southwest by bridging relationships across campus and partnering with southern Arizona community organizations. Prior to joining the UA in July 2014, Ben was Director of Sustainability at Kansas State University from 2008-2014. He also earned his doctorate in geography in 2007 from the University of Oxford and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from Kansas State University in 2002. At KSU Ben was awarded a Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership and a Rhodes Scholarship. In his off-time, Ben is a foodie and an avid bicyclist.

Graduate Assistant - Communications

Maya works on communications and marketing for the Office of Sustainability. She writes creative nonfiction in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the UA and is a graduate fellow with the UA Confluencenter. Maya writes about ecology, the environment, and science research. She holds a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in biology.

Coordinator of Sustainability Programs

Julia is the Office of Sustainability's Coordinator of Sustainability Programs. Julia oversees the UA’s student-directed Green Fund, and helps coordinate UA’s EcoOps representatives, who engage employees on working and living sustainably. Julia has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education as well as a teaching credential in elementary education. For 16 years prior to coming to the UA, Julia managed a doctor’s office that concentrated on holistic living. One of her goals is to initiate a sustainability outreach program for businesses around Tucson to offer guidance and suggestions on how they can function more sustainably.