Office of Sustainability
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
Jesse manages key initiatives for the Office of Sustainability. He advises the UA Green Fund Committee, writes sustainability goals for President Hart’s Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability, and coordinates sustainability efforts among various stakeholder groups on campus, among other projects. Jesse’s experiences in two sustainably managed fisheries—Maine lobster and Alaskan sockeye salmon—spurred his interest in sustainable resource management. Jesse is pursuing a doctoral degree in geography at the UA, where his research considers multiple aspects of changing fire regimes in Arizona’s Sky Islands. Jesse has researched water management on the Santa Cruz River, wildlife and hunting in Montana, and the history of ecological research in Mongolia after the fall of the Soviet Union.
David manages projects relating to institutional planning, engagement and sustainability ratings and rankings. He also provides support on EcoOps, Homecoming and the Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference. David helped manage the City of Tucson’s Green Business Certification Program, which provides sustainability planning assistance and free energy, water and waste audits to local businesses and organizations. David holds a master’s degree in public administration from the UA. David strives to make sustainability initiatives easily accessible and effective for all units on campus.
Leah is a Tucson native and a junior at the University of Arizona majoring in environmental and water resource economics and political science. Leah is a Flinn Scholar and and Honors student at the UA. She is a NASA Space Grant Intern and is passionate about urban sustainability.
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.
Jake is a graduate research assistant working with the Office of Sustainability to asses the environmental impacts of homecoming weekend activities at the UA. He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Miami University and is pursuing a master's degree in hydrology and water resources at the UA. Previously, Jake worked as a project coordinator for a development management consulting firm in Chicago. He also served as an education assistant and interpretive park ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, through the Student Conservation Association. Jake is a LEED Accredited Professional as granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Jacob, a Tucson native, is studying water resource economics at the University of Arizona. He is a senior in the Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Jacob brings his experience working with UA Student Union Technology Services to optimizing data collection for the Office of Sustainability. Jacob has been passionate about recycling since he was a child, leading to his interests in sustainability. He enjoys hiking, reading and playing music.
Shoshana is lead researcher on a study of the challenges, opportunities, and next steps for engaging students and employees in UA campus sustainability projects. Her background is in political ecology, global change, and stakeholder engagement. For her master’s degree in geography, Shoshana researched the use of volunteers at sea turtle conservation sites in Costa Rica. Shoshana is an Arizona native and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and son.
Alex works on graphic design for the Office of Sustainability. She is currently working on design projects that will help make Homecoming 2013 more sustainable. Alex is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in visual communications from the University of Arizona. Alex grew up in Alaska, and after graduation she plans to travel and explore the world. For Alex, the world is full of sustainable images that she strives to bring to live in a clear and aesthetic way.
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.