MARIAH GREICO (pictured) is a University of Rochester class of 2018 member pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies. She spent childhood summers camping and developed a deep love for nature and the world around her. Mariah dove into sustainability efforts on campus by becoming an EcoRep. Through the EcoReps program, she learned about many other sustainability groups and initiatives on campus, including Facilities Team Green, which she looks forward to being an active part of.
Additionally, Mariah is a brother of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and a LEAP tutor for elementary schoolers through the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. In her free time, Mariah enjoys listening to music, making desserts to share with friends, going on long walks, and getting fresh local food from the Public Market.
KELLY JEAN is a member of the Class of 2021 majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Deeply concerned about deforestation and climate change, he developed his keen passion for the environment at the Green club of his high school. Being currently an EcoRep at the University, Kelly enjoys promoting sustainable manner around the campus, whether by advertising green events or hosting sustainable programs in his hall. He considers Facilities Team Green as one more way to spread environmental awareness among students, faculty as well as the Rochester community.
Kelly is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is very passionate about visual art, from pencil drawing to graphic design. Computer science and outdoor activities are also parts of Kelly’s interests.
TEDDI SHAPIRO is a member of the class of 2019 studying Marketing, Psychology, and Sustainability. Her passion for the environment was sparked early on by her family, who always pushed her to think consciously about the decisions she made and the effect they would have on the earth. From there, Teddi’s interest in the environment grew, and she spent her first year at the University of Rochester as an EcoRep. By the end of the year, Teddi knew that she wanted to continue having an active role in sustainability efforts on campus. She hopes that joining the Facilities Team Green will give her the opportunity to do just that, as well as further her sustainability knowledge.
When not working, Teddi can be found tossing discs with the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, or roaming around the library. Teddi is also a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. In her free time, Teddi enjoys playing music, drinking tea, and going on adventures with friends.
EMMA BRIGGS is a member of the class of 2018 majoring in International Relations with a double minor in History and Legal Studies. Emma’s interest in sustainability stems for her focus on politics and current issues. She understands the importance and impact of political dialogue centered on the environment. Due to her love of traveling, Emma greatly appreciates the world around her and wants to help preserve it. By being on Facilities Team Green, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of sustainability and positively contribute to making our campus (and the world) a better place.
Emma is the Vice President of UR SEGway (Survivor Empowerment Group) and a sister of Alpha Phi. In her free time, Emma enjoys listening to music, exploring Rochester in search of coffee, and spending time with friends and family.
MICHAELA BURRELL is a member for the class of 2020 studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her interest in environmental conservation developed during her freshman year of high school when her older sister encouraged her to join the recycling club. Throughout high school, she became increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on animals, particularly bird species. Michaela was an EcoRep during her first year at the Univeristy, and will be the 2017-2018 president of GreenSpace. Through Facilities Team Green, she hopes to further spread awareness of sustainability while increasing her own knowledge on this topic and the debates surrounding it.
Michaela is from Corning, New York. She is a member of the University of Rochester Track & Field team. Her interests include birdwatching and caring for her plants.
ALYSSA LEMIRE is a member of the class of 2017 double majoring in Environmental Studies and Public Health. Alyssa has been interested in preserving our world and its inhabitants since learning in Elementary School about climate change and the effects it has on our planet. She hopes that through Facilities Team Green, she can have a positive impact on our campus by promoting ecofriendly behaviors and sustainability efforts.
Originally from Rhode Island, Alyssa loves being outdoors. Among her favorite activities are kayaking and hiking. Here at the University of Rochester she is on the Women’s Rugby Team and the Club Softball team. When she isn’t on the field, you can find her working on health initiatives around campus. Alyssa is part of the Health Promotion Office in UHS, a student co-chair of the New York State Health Association, and a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee. Alyssa is also a sister of Alpha Phi, currently serving as Marketing Chairwomen. In her spare time, she can be found obsessing over teacup pigs or reading an unhealthy amount of fiction novels.
PATRICIA VAN VALKENBURGH is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Clinical Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Patricia became an EcoRep her freshman year and an EcoRep Coordinator her sophomore year. This coming year she will be EcoRep Director and starting the new EcoRep expansion program, Super EcoReps. Patricia hopes to raise awareness of environmental issues to make the University of Rochester and the world ever better.
Patricia is from Hudson, New York and enjoys eating delicious vegan food, binge watching Netflix, and admiring nature.
PAT BEAUMONT earned her mechanical engineering degree from rival RIT, yet the University of Rochester is thrilled to have Pat as the Director of Support Operations in the Facilities and Services Department. She began her career as an intern at Carrier Corporation during the oil crisis of the early 1980’s, testing room temperatures to verify that they were not wasting energy by being excessively cooled. Early on in her tenure at the U of R Pat worked as an Energy Engineer on lighting and mechanical (HVAC -heating, ventilation and air conditioning) projects to reduce the University’s energy use.
Pat has a firm belief that being sustainable is the right thing to do, especially since it is so often easy. In her current position, she has been extremely proactive in getting her department to go green. She helped implement a computer policy to automatically turning off computers when not in use; establish paper reduction programs including double sided copying, sharing printers; and install occupancy sensors on indoor lights. The department is also encouraged to shut blinds, use the stairs, attend sustainable meetings, and generally act in a sustainable manner. When she isn’t enforcing sustainable procedures at the University or writing for The Green Dandelion, Pat enjoys spending her time outdoors while skiing and golfing, and does yoga and boot camp when the weather gets bad.
AMY KADRIE became recycling coordinator for the University of Rochester in October of 2008. She earned her degree at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and studied Rainforest and Reef Ecology in Australia. Prior to her position at the University of Rochester, Amy worked for The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a compliance officer. Her passion for sustainability grew from her childhood love of nature and appreciation for the outdoors and her firm belief that we’re all responsible for our actions, including the way we treat this planet.
Currently, as the sustainability coordinator and manager of Facilities Team Green, Amy’s role is to manage, plan, direct, and promote University Facilities and Services’ sustainability programs. She actively engages in education and training among University staff and students to promote the efficient use of resources. Amy works continually to increase awareness of sustainability at the University by participating in student and staff activities and events, coordinating biweekly Go Green! articles, and maintaining sustainability social media.
Amy has spearheaded many programs and initiatives including the annual E-Cycle Day and Shred Fest events to responsibly collect personal items of employees and students, the Move-Out Cleanout program to donate unwanted dorm items at the end of the year, the Green Reps employee engagement program, and many more. When she is not working to save the planet, Amy enjoys yoga, reading, walking and being outdoors, volunteer work, and most of all, being “Mommy” to two amazing daughters.
Adil Nyambasha is a member of the Class of 2018 double majoring in International Relations and Psychology. His interest in
environmental sustainability and environmental law stemmed primarily from his involvement with Greendorm– a student-run enterprise that sought to promote environmentally sustainable practices and the use energy efficient technology on his high school campus in South Africa. Through this and other experiences, Adil was exposed to the exciting field of environmental sustainability and has since made a conscious effort to learn as much as he can about the field here at UR.
Adil hopes that through the Sustainability Research Internship, he will be able to nurture his research and writing skills in preparation for law school and life beyond college. He also hopes to return to his home continent, Africa, to work on structuring comprehensive environmental laws that will help in ensuring the longevity of the continent’s biodiversity.
Adil has further interests in education and has participated in numerous education related programs including the Global Scholars Program and BUILD in a Box, both in South Africa. On campus, Adil is a member of the Pan African Students Association (PASA), plays Club Badminton and works for the Office of Admissions. He is also a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity. Beyond his academic interests, Adil enjoys travelling, water sports, music and aviation.
Darya Nicol is a member of the class of 2016 studying political science. As a Colorado native, Darya grew up being mindful of energy conservation and recycling, but her study abroad experience in Khon Kaen, Thailand really ignited her interest in learning more about sustainability. Through her role as the writing intern for Facilities Team Green, Darya hopes to continue developing her knowledge of more mindful and sustainable practices while connecting her newfound knowledge to the role of sustainability in politics.
During her time at the University, Darya has valued her experiences as a member of Students for a Democratic Society, Partners in Reading, and College Feminists. Not only does she value the knowledge she has garnered from the University, but she also appreciates the opportunities she has had to educate herself about the city of Rochester, its history, and the strength of its local activists.
Currently, Darya also is a program assistant with the Medical Center’s Office for Inclusion and Culture Development. Furthermore, as a former barista, Darya can answer virtually any of your coffee related questions. In her free time, Darya enjoys making art, listening to music, reading, and exploring all of what life has to offer.
is a member of the class of 2018, Ciara is pursuing a degree in Public Health (Health, Behavior, and Society), with a minor in biology. Ciara’s interest in sustainability stemmed from her parents’ coaching on preserving resources at home, and has since grown to feed her interest in not only the environment but its impact on human health. Visiting family in Ireland during the summers and exploring the Irish countryside has also led Ciara to develop an appreciation for the environment and the beauty it can produce.
Since arriving on campus, Ciara has been interested in learning more about the University’s sustainability practices, and is thrilled for the opportunities to learn more that her position as a Sustainability Assistant will provide.
Aside from classes and working with Facilities Team Green, Ciara is involved in UR Celtic, campus’ Irish Dance team; GlobeMed, a global health equity student organization; and is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Julie Elliot is originally from Rockland County, a NYC suburb, where she was introduced early to
nature trails, hiking, biking and adventuring. Studying abroad in Argentina, she traveled through the delicate ecosystems and hiked the beautiful mountains of Patagonia, furthering her drive to protect the environment. These outdoor experiences prompted Julie’s love of nature and strong desire to maintain it. Julie is a member of the class of 2015, majoring in American Studies and minoring in Art History. As the sustainability writer for Team Green, she is learning a lot about the University’s efforts to make the institution ecofriendly. As an activist both on campus and off, she has a passion for a healthy world, in both people and planet. Every Saturday, rain, snow, or shine, she attends the Rochester Public Market to buy produce from local vendors, as well as sporadically visiting others around Monroe County. Julie also has an extreme attachment to her reusable Nalgene water bottle and is constantly hunting for rad stickers to decorate it with. Her other hobbies include running, swimming, writing and making jokes.
Jacob Post is a member of the class of 2017, pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering and minor in Sustainability. He first became interested in sustainability when attending a Department of Environmental Conservation summer camp and has loved nature ever since. He remembers the high school white water rafting and zip lining trips in West Virginia and the Adirondacks with particular fondness. At the University of Rochester, Jacob quickly became involved with sustainability on campus. He was an EcoRep in Gilbert Hall and the Earth Fest E-Board Coordinator in Grassroots Freshman year, as well as an EcoRep Program Coordinator his Sophomore year and its Director his Junior year. He also works on the Conservation Board for his hometown of Victor, which goes over site plans of future developments and looks to preserve existing natural features. Aside from his sustainability commitments, Jacob has also worked with Res Life as a D’Lion and recently as an RA for his upcoming Junior year. He also recently became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and has frequently been involved with Intramural Basketball and Frisbee. In the future, Jacob looks to become involved in the alternative energy field and work towards achieving a more sustainable world.
joined the University community in October 2012 in University Mail Services. She is a Rochester native and University of Rochester alumna, where she earned her degree in Psychology. Fazeelah worked for Hillside Work Scholarship Connection as a Program Manager prior to joining the University, and later took a leave of absence from work to relocate to the Middle East and then remained home with her family for an extended period of time. Her appreciation for recycling and sustainability was strengthened after living abroad for a couple of years, and seeing firsthand the amount of wastefulness, lack of recycling and a blatant disregard for the environment. When not working or thinking about the environment, Fazeelah enjoys cooking, watching movies, and reading, but most of all she loves spending time with her family, including her grandson.[/toggle]
Judy Clay’s awareness of sustainability spawns from her interest as an inhabitant of planet Earth. Her official position is the Staff Development Coordinator for University Facilities and Services (but she also holds the unofficial position of University Cat Lady). Her involvement in sustainability at the U of R began when she was asked to assist with recycling issues until a Recycling Coordinator could be hired. Today her sustainability efforts continue, consisting mainly of publicizing the university’s sustainable initiatives to the community, which she does by tabling, getting people to take the Go Green Pledge, and helping out with other events. She is most famous for her raunchy and popular column, Clay’s Green Corner, which is published weekly in The Green Dandelion. In the future, she would most like to see the human race reduce our dependence on fossil fuels since we are killing ourselves and the planet. Until that happens, Judy will continue to enjoy collecting old time radio shows and hanging out with her hubby, two step-children, and 3 cats.
Ainslee Cunningham is a recent Class of 2014 graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish. However, she will be spending the next year at the U of R as a KEY scholar and, along with Hannah Lyons, will be collaborating with local food truck owners and farmers to work towards bringing more local food options to campus. This summer, she is on board with the Sustainability team as a sustainability intern, researching the transition to single stream recycling. Ainslee is passionate about sustainable living and hopes to return to Freiburg, Germany, one of the greenest cities in the world, for her Master of Science in either Environmental Science or Forestry. Her lifetime goal is to open a sustainable, locally provided restaurant in Seattle, WA, while traveling around the world in search of new recipes. In her spare time, Ainslee enjoys traveling, running, dancing to live music, exploring local craft beers, cooking with friends, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors.
Abigail Fagan is a member of the class of 2014 and is pursuing a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science. She’s also minoring in English Literature and would like to pursue a career in science journalism after graduation. She is pleased to have started working as part of the Sustainability team here at Rochester, and she’s eager to learn more about sustainability efforts and initiatives, especially at an institutional level. On campus, Abigail writes for the Campus Times, is a tutor for Project Care, is a peer advisor, and member of her sorority. She loves, baking, reading, playing bananagrams, being with friends, and spending time outside, especially on the beach. Last spring she had a wonderful time studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and now looks forward to many future travels and adventures abroad!
Sarah Goldman is a 2011 graduate of the University of Rochester. She is a Linguistics major, with an ASL minor, a member of the Ballet Performance Group, a lover of country music, ice cream, and jazz hands, and someone who knew almost nothing about sustainability before writing for The Green Dandelion. She had placed the correct items in the appropriate recycling bins, donated clothing and other items when she could, but didn’t really give much thought to sustainability until this opportunity. Sarah was hired as a student sustainability writer; she was given a list of sustainability topics at the beginning of the school year, and one by one, made her way through the list, picking ones that stuck out as particularly interesting or relevant at the time. If she had no understanding of the topic (as in the article about Green Chemistry), she looked into the subject to determine exactly what it meant, learned what research had been conducted and what discoveries had been made, and then, searched for a way to share that information with The Green Dandelion readers. She has truly enjoyed this opportunity and will take her increased knowledge of sustainability with her after graduation.
Lauren Henry joins the Green Dandelion as a sustainability assistant after a semester in Vienna, Austria. As a member of the class of 2014, Lauren is excited to be starting something new her last year at the U of R and is eager to learn about becoming sustainable and contributing to the blog. Although new to sustainability, Lauren has worked for Facilities and Services before, working on a University wide review of all departments within facilities last summer. Lauren is a Political Science major with a double minor in German and Ethics. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, swimming, having a good burrito, wearing her traditional Austrian dirndl whenever there is an opportunity (which there are surprisingly many), and singing with her band, Mariachi Meliora. She especially likes to travel after having done so extensively throughout Europe during her semester abroad. Although not one to pick favorites, Lauren would have to say that her travels to Croatia have been a major highlight. Lauren is also spending this summer and fall semester preparing to apply to law school and hopes to one day become a lawyer that specializes in healthcare and hospital administration.
Grace Interlichia is a member of the class of 2014, and is pursuing a major in English with a concentration in Theatre, as well as being in the process of creating her own second Interdepartmental Major. Grace was hired as the Sustainability Correspondent for summer 2011 after being a Freshman EcoRep during her 2010-2011 school year. She was also selected as coordinator for the EcoReps program for the 2011-2012 year and has, along with her fellow coordinator Lauren Laibach, coined herself “Mama EcoRep.” She also has plans to potentially pursue a career in a sustainability field. Grace is also very active in UR productions at Todd Theatre, most recently playing a role in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” She also has spent time working in clay sculpting, and her work has been displayed in shows at Nazareth College, as well as other galleries. Grace also has an active interest in fashion, and will be serving as a costume intern at Todd Theatre for the duration of the 2011-12 school year. She also enjoys cooking, occasional exercise, and general tomfoolery of all kinds. Grace is very grateful to have had the opportunity to share, as well as expand, her knowledge of sustainability both through the writing Go Green articles and contributing to the Green Dandelion Blog.
Melissa Kullman is a proud member of the class of 2014. After trying five or so majors on for size, she has finally settled on an interdepartmental major, Environment and Society. Her passion for the environment and environmental social justice issues began at UR after becoming an EcoRep. She is a tutor through UR Upward Bound and a member of Dining Service’s Team Green. Other than that, she is interested in psychology, volunteering, music, graphic design, achieving inner peace, and general tomfoolery. The summer of 2013 will be her third summer working as Amy Kadrie’s sustainability assistant. Then she is off to Costa Rica to study Social & Environmental Change in the fall!
Wendy Long – A member of the class of 2016, Wendy is now a sophomore working her way to a Biology degree. She is also a premed student like many others. Throughout high school, she has participated and led multiple fundraising events. Thus, working as a marketing intern for the sustainability office is truly the perfect job for her. She believes in the importance of recycling. By designing promotional and advertising material, she can increase public awareness of sustainability. It is the little part in voicing her opinion and the chance to educate people that make her appreciate her job even more than before. Wendy enjoys serving her community. She was a Hall Representative during her first year of college. She is now the Collegiate Alumni Chair in her sorority. Starting this fall, she will also be the president of a new chapter called Givology on the Rochester campus. When she is not busy researching, interning, and volunteering, you can always find her at Starbucks relaxing with friends.
Chhiranjeevi ‘Chip’ Raghunath is a proud member of the class of 2012. Chip entered the University with intentions to become a computer scientist, but has since discovered that this would put him too close for comfort to becoming an engineer, and has since settled on focusing on the more theoretical realm of mathematics, hoping to graduate with a B.S. He began working for Amy Kadrie in January 2012 as assistant, after having volunteered to help with the University’s first shredding event over the summer. He enjoys a thoughtful game of chess with the backdrop of friendly political discussion, eating a Zonies calzone while playing computer games online, and reading George Martin’s latest installment of A Song of Ice and Fire while listening to electronica. More generally, he enjoys multi-tasking enjoyable activities with enjoyable activities. On campus, Chip is a content member of the Debate Union, with whom has traveled far and wide, having debated at tournaments in Boise, Austin, and Boston, to name a few. Chip is also a familiar face at Starbucks, having worked there for over two years, and spends a significant portion of his time using its lounge to study. Chip views environmental sustainability as one component in getting people to appreciate and enjoy their natural surroundings. He believes that in the fast-paced world of today, it’s important to find time to relax and enjoy natural beauty that comes without a pricetag… and of course, to preserve it! Chip hopes to one day become a professor, the one job where he feels he could get away with wearing a T-shirt and jeans on Monday, a tailored suit on Wednesday, sweater and khakis on Friday, and not have to work at all Tuesday or Thursday.
Sade Richardson is a Trinidadian-born member of the Class of 2015 and an EcoRep on campus. She is currently an undecided major but is interested in Computer Science, Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Sustainability. Her other passions include ice cream, poetry and event planning. She is currently involved in the Gilbert Hall Council as Hall Rep, the ‘Green House Project’ for Engineers for a Sustainable World and actively involved in University of Rochester’s Christian Fellowship. Sade also works at the University IT Center. When not doing school tasks, Sade spends her time writing poetry and traveling around the world. Her goal is to visit every continent before she dies. In the future, Sade sees herself having her own Non-governmental Organization promoting Economically Sustainable Growth and Development by changing policies and educating the younger generations and masses as well as being a well-known published poet. However, she would be quite content working in the United Nations and making a difference globally, one person at a time and publishing one book of poetry.
Alanna Scheinerman is a member of the class of 2013. She is pursuing a degree with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in American Sign Language. This is her first year working for Facilities as a writing intern. In the summer of 2012 she met Amy Kadrie and Pat Beaumont while working for Facilties’ portion of the University-wide STARS project. In past summers she has worked at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the American School for the Deaf. While at school, Alanna is involved in student organizations GreenSpace, intramural sports, and works for the Writing Fellows both as a tutor and managing the office in Carlson Library. Alanna hopes for a career at a government agency, non-profit, or a consulting firm – all in the environmental field. When not working or at school, she enjoys reading, playing board games, and relaxing with friends. Her favorite part of working with sustainability is how pertinent it is to all areas of life. With a few steps people can be on their way to saving money, energy, and reducing waste. She looks forward to exploring the University through Go Green articles in the coming year, and working as a part of Facilities new Team Green.
Linda Shackles is a member of the class of 2017 pursuing a degree in Financial Economics and a minor in Statistics. She has always been surrounded by an abundance of evergreen trees and other wilderness in Washington State and enjoys hiking through the many trails her home state has to offer. At the U of R, Linda developed a deeper sense of accountability for our environment and joined Green Space, a sustainable interest floor on campus, hoping to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. As a marketing intern, she is learning a lot about other sustainable opportunities on campus and loves being part of Team Green. Aside from her environmental endeavors, Linda is also Student Account for Student’s Association, in charge of the budget for the campus’s performance groups. In her free time, Linda loves being a food connoisseur with friends and enjoys discovering new music. In the future, she aspires to put her major to good use for a sustainability-invested company like Weyerhaeuser, which is so conveniently located in her hometown of Federal Way.
Kathleen Shannon – As a member of the class of 2013, Senior year snuck up quickly on Kathleen. She is headed towards completion of an English major and has also finagled her way into developing her own major, which she has deemed Global Environmental Sustainability. Her interests in environmental issues date back to her childhood in the deep woods of Northern Michigan, but were no doubt further developed through activities like working on a vegetable farm for three years and attempting to throw an “EarthFest” at her small-town high school many moons ago. College became a better place for her to explore her passions in environmental issues. Being a member of the original class of Eco-Reps freshman year, and studying environmental issues in Copenhagen, Denmark junior year, Kathleen’s passion for sustainability has brought her a long way. In addition, a summer working with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York allowed her to get to know people within the Rochester area who are involved with the organic and local food movements, and Kathleen is constantly trying to adapt her lifestyle to incorporate what she has learned from all these experiences. Given that, you may find her biking the streets of Rochester in pursuit of the farmer’s market, or perhaps you may spot her this semester on campus promoting many of the upcoming events sponsored by the Facilities Green Team.
Leslie Wolfis a member of the class of 2015 pursuing a possible double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is very excited to be working for Amy as her assistant. Through the position she has already learned a lot about sustainability, and is looking forward to learning more, as well as applying and sharing the new information. Leslie has a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, having spent many early mornings owling with her family, and embarking on backpacking and hiking trips all over the place. She feels that we all have a responsibility towards our earth to do what we can to preserve it and our natural resources. She hopes to one day work in climate or energy policy and create new regulations, ideally in several different locations, as she has intense wanderlust and plans to travel as much as possible in the future. On campus, Leslie plays in the Symphony Orchestra and in small chamber groups. She is also always down to jam with other musically inclined folks. In addition, she races for the University Alpine Ski team, and plays club volleyball. In her free time, Leslie enjoys playing the viola, melodica and banjo, going to concerts, festivals and farmer’s markets, reading, skiing, being outside and meeting new people.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of University Facilities and Services. Student authors, listed at the bottom of articles, may include their personal options as appropriate.