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
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.
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.
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.
Scott Meyer, Director of Food Service and Environmental Initiatives
Scott is responsible for local and sustainable food purchasing, pre- and post-consumer food composting, reusable container options, and ensuring that vegetarian, vegan, and allergen-sensitive food options are available throughout campus.
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.
Amanda Berens, Energy Steward, Engineering, Pharmacy and Geoscience Labs
Amanda focuses on improving energy and water efficiency in some of the largest energy consuming buildings on campus through a combination of building operation improvements and education programs for building occupants.
Michael Frisch, PE, Program Manager, Energy Stewardship ProgramMike is an environmental engineer with extensive experience in developing and managing demand-side consumer resource conservation programs. He manages the Energy Stewardship Program (ESP) in which he and the energy stewards focus on forging long-term relationships with building managers and occupants on main campus to reduce energy and water consumption.
Meagan Jones, Energy Steward, Natural Sciences Labs
Meagan focuses on improving energy and water efficiency in some of the largest energy consuming buildings on campus through a combination of building operation improvements and education programs for building occupants.
Stephanie Perrone, Energy Steward, Classrooms and Auditoriums
Stephanie works with building occupants in public assembly, facilities, and office and academic buildings at the university. Conservation strategies she implements for her clients include holiday scheduling, conservation workshops and presentations, and hosting events to support the Energy Stewardship program. In addition, she is the liaison between building occupants and the building operators and controllers to ensure that the buildings are performing optimally.
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.
Ana Thiemer, Manager, Energy Resource and Conservation Program
Ana Thiemer manages the Energy and Resource Conservation (E&RC) program. She oversees the behavioral based program as well as a technical based program to avoid energy consumption of over 20 million square feet of space on the UT Austin Main Campus, as well as the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin, the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, and the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin. She also currently serves as the Replacement and Renewal Manager.
Jeff Basile, Manager, Recycling & Sustainability
Jeff's responsibility includes campus-wide recycling equipment and outreach and education. He has oversight for the student-run UT Campus Environmental Center and management of the Campus Planning and Facilities Management vehicular fleet and associated equipment valued at nearly $8 million.
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, Sustainability Coordinator, Recycling and Sustainability
Jennifer 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. Jennifer 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.
Sam Cortez, Bicycle Coordinator
Sam coordinates the university’s bicycle program. He works closely with University departments and the community as a whole to create a more bicycle friendly campus. From maintaining the bicycle registration program, operating the university bicycle shop, The Kickstand, to developing plans for new and existing bicycle infrastructure, he strives to build a more viable sustainable mode of transportation.
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.
Allison Van Leeuwen, Sr. Assistant Director, Facility Operations
Allison oversees large facility repair projects and renovations for Gregory Gym, Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex and the Recreational Sports Center and works closely with Facilities Services personnel and outside vendors/contractors. She also coordinates the sustainability initiatives for the Division of Recreational Sports.