This list includes operational staff who have sustainability and environmental services as part or all of their current job responsibilities. Academic units, degree plans and their supporting staff can be found in our Academic Directory.
Office of Sustainability | Division of Housing and Food Service | Environmental Health and Safety | Facilities Services, Facilities Maintenance | Facilities Services, Support Services | Parking & Transportation Services | Intercollegiate Athletics | Recreational Sports
Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability
Jim collaborates, tracks and reports on sustainability initiatives throughout campus. This includes facilitation of the President's Sustainability Steering Committee, the campus masterplan, waste reduction, energy conservation, and projects initiated through Green Fee funding. Jim responds to external queries about campus initiatives, and provides information to national sustainability reporting systems like AASHE's STARS.
Karen Blaney, Program Coordinator, Operations
Karen serves as the program coordinator for the Green Fee Committee and helps to advance the approved Green Fee projects each year. Other areas of focus include the Longhorn Recycling Roundup tailgate recycling program, staff engagement initiatives and institution-wide sustainability reporting.
Alice Gerhart, Program Coordinator, Academics
Alice maintains the Academic Directory and coordinates several other events and initiatives including the annual Sustainability Symposium, an undergraduate lecture series and a faculty learning community.
Hunter Mangrum, Environmental Specialist
Hunter is instrumental in tracking trash, recycling and composting for all of DHFS, managing the Eco-To-Go reusable container program, coordinating multiple energy challenges and other resource conservation initiatives. He also assists with diversion of recyclable and reusable materials during Mooov-In and move-out every year.
Dennis Nolan, Assistant Director Biological and Lab Safety
Dennis oversees lab inspections and coordinates the Green Lab Initiative. He represents EH&S on campus-wide sustainability working groups.
Ana Thiemer, Manager, Energy Resource and Conservation Program
Ana Thiemer manages the Energy and Water Conservation (EWC) program. She oversees the different strategies the team implements which include: maintenance, optimizing buildings, and behavior change programs to avoid energy consumption on UT Main campus. She also currently serves as the Replacement and Renewal Manager.
Stephanie Perrone, Project Manager
Stephanie manages an amazing team whose main goal is to save 20% energy and water on campus by the year 2020. They achieve this by utilizing behavior based strategies for campus occupants and technical HVAC strategies to optimize operations of campus buildings. Behavioral programs include, Longhorn Lights Out, Horns Up Sash Down, and Power Down Assessments. Technical efforts include HVAC scheduling, ventilation reduction, lighting retrofits and de-lamping, and other projects. In addition to direct work in campus buildings, she manages social marketing, outreach and events to further drive culture change on campus. Stephanie comes to her position with 13 years of experience in green building and energy management. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was the director of sustainability at a local affordable housing organization. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Energy Manager by The Association of Energy Engineers. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture and earned her master’s degree in sustainable design from the university.
Amanda Berens, Energy Engineer, Engineering, Pharmacy and Geoscience Labs
Amanda’s role with the Energy and Water Conservation team is to analyze and optimize the way campus buildings use energy and water. She provides technical support to the Energy Stewards in the areas of building energy audits and HVAC scheduling. Once energy conservation opportunities are identified in the energy audits, Amanda manages the projects to replace components or make technical changes that result in significant energy cost savings for the university. She is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager by The Association of Energy Engineers.
Meagan Jones, Energy Steward, Natural Sciences Labs
As an Energy Steward, Meagan works with building occupants and campus stakeholders to identify and implement energy and water conservation strategies. She focuses primarily on laboratory buildings to implement programs such as Horns Up, Sash Down and the Ultra-Low Freezer Loaner Program in addition to supporting team-wide efforts such as building energy audits, holiday scheduling, Longhorn Lights Out and Power Down Assessments. Before joining the Energy and Water Conservation Program, Meagan spent five years as the Environmental Specialist at UT’s Division of Housing and Food Service. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Energy Manager by The Association of Energy Engineers.
Grace Hsieh, Energy Steward, Libraries, Classrooms, Offices, and Unions
Grace works with building occupants in libraries, classrooms, offices and unions on energy and water conservation strategies. Strategies can include building scheduling, summer and holiday scheduling, building audits and energy/water conservation outreach programs. Grace brings 12 years of technical experience to her new position. Prior to joining UT, she worked four years at CLEAResult designing, implementing and marketing energy programs for utility clients. Before that, she worked two years at DPR Construction, and six years with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to sustain clean air, water, and safe waste management. Grace earned her bachelor of science degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She is Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certified as an Accredited Professional (AP). She is also presently in the process of obtaining her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
Matt Stevens, Energy Steward, Classrooms, Offices, and Multi-Purpose Buildings
Matt works with building occupants in academic, office, and multi-purpose buildings. Conservation strategies he implements for his clients include holiday scheduling, conservation workshops and presentations, and hosting events to support the Energy Stewardship program. In addition, he is the liaison between building occupants and the building operators and controllers to ensure that the buildings are performing optimally.
Patrick Mazur, Technical Staff Associate
Pat supports the Energy and Water Conservation Program and staff by providing up to date technical expertise regarding lighting and lighting controls, water consuming equipment and HVAC equipment/systems including motors and Building Automation System controls. He also reviews new and existing building projects for compliance to UT’s Campus Standards, assists in developing the Standards and performs Project Management on an as-needed basis.
Jim Carse, Assistant Manager, Landscaping
Jim is the University’s urban forester, managing the planting, maintenance and preservation of the trees on the main campus and various other university properties. He reviews and provides input on all construction and capital projects that impact tree protection, design and planting. He works with students, staff and faculty to increase awareness of the benefits of urban trees. Jim also oversees the campus tree care plan as part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA designation that the University has held since 2008.
Jennifer Hobson, Zero Waste Coordinator
The Zero Waste Coordinator facilitates and monitors UT-Austin's progress towards 90% diversion from landfill by 2020. She works directly with Facilities Services on single-stream recycling and more broadly with several departments on recycling and reducing special materials. The Coordinator acts as a consultant and collaborator with auxiliary units as well, and oversees and advises students working on zero waste and recycling projects.
Vacant, Sustainability Coordinator, Recycling and Sustainability
This position serves as the advisor for the Campus Environmental Center, the largest student organization focused on the environment and sustainability at The University of Texas at Austin. The Campus Environmental Center employs eleven students working on projects including: Tailgate Recycling, Trash to Treasure (a campus wide garage sale), Green Events, Students for a Sustainable Campus and the Concho Community Garden. The advisor also works with projects as needed in the Recycling & Sustainability division.
Markus Hogue, Program Coordinator, Landscaping
Markus manages the central irrigation system that monitors water use on the University’s landscape. He ensures the irrigation is operating at peak efficiency and incorporating the best management practices for irrigating landscapes in an urban environment. He provides irrigation audits and data analysis to identify and implement sustainable and water conservation methods.
Ben Reid, Manager, Central Services
Ben leads the Central Services unit, comprised of 52 employees in five areas: the university's Furniture Shop, Lock and Key Services, Surplus Property, Solid Waste and Recycling, and Event and Moving Services. In his role, Ben supports sustainable efforts like ensuring that trash and recycling services are provided to the university and managing the final disposition of all university property at Surplus Property. The University’s Furniture Shop refurbishes material goods from all over campus, preserving their value and preventing unnecessary contributions to the landfill.
Lauren Lichterman, Administrative Associate
Lauren supports the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director of Facilities, Events and Operations. She also assists with sustainability and customer service initiatives within the Athletics Department, including the department’s Green Team and stadium recycling programs.
Merrick MyCue, Assistant Athletic Director, Special Events and Stadium Operations
Merrick oversees the North End Zone and Specialty Events Department operations, new project construction, sustainability, and other special projects. The North End Zone was the first area to stage full waste management stations during home football games with compost, single-stream recycling, and trash bins available in the same locations. Since then, composting and recycling services have continued to expand inside and outside the stadium.
Jeremy Hernandez, Bicycle Coordinator
Jeremy coordinates the university’s bicycle program and outreach. He works closely with University departments and the community as a whole to create a safer and friendly biking campus. From maintaining the bicycle registration program, The Kickstand, and developing plans for new and existing bicycle infrastructure, he strives to create a safer and knowledgeable cycling community while building a more viable sustainable mode of transportation for future generations to utilize.
Blanca Juarez, Alternative Transportation Manager
Blanca currently manages all Green on the Go transportation options for The University of Texas at Austin. These programs include the collegiate shuttle bus system, mainline transit program, E-bus, Texas Express, Longhorns Express, Bike UT, carpools, vanpools, pedestrian and Zipcar programs.