David Norvell, PE, LEED AP
Assistant Vice President

Mr. David Norvell is charged with driving and implementing the university sustainability strategy, putting the University of Central Florida at the forefront of the sustainability movement. A 1993 Alumnus, David began his career at UCF in 2001 as the university Energy Manager. In the last decade, he has served as Director of the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management where he spearheaded the sustainability program, saving the university more than $14M in energy efficiency projects, before joining the administration. From 2011-2015, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities tasked with the reconstruction of the university's largest department, the Department of Facilities Operations. In 2015, David was appointed Assistant Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives where his true passion lies. David's leadership sets a precedence in the State of Florida and reaffirms our administration's commitment to climate neutrality.

Yara Watson Colon, ISSP-SA

Ms. Yara Watson drives the reporting, outreach, and marketing components of the office and supports the development of long and short term campus sustainability objectives. Yara has lived all over Central Florida, venturing north to Gainesville for her bachelors in Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida then south to Tampa to complete her Masters in Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida’s Patel School, before heading back to her hometown of Orlando to serve as our Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator. She has worked with local nonprofits, global NGOs, and city governments in sustainability strategic planning & integrated organic agriculture/financial literacy training programs. With a goal of fostering a culture of sustainability among UCF students, faculty, and staff, Yara coordinates campus sustainability programming such as the Annual Kill-A-Watt competition, workshops, documentary screenings, and guest speakers. She also manages the campus greenhouse gas inventory and AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Yara’s primary focus is empowering the UCF community to integrate sustainability into both work and play, challenging every Knight to live as a healthy, happy, and productive steward of the Earth.

Michelle Barron
Digital Media Student Assistant

Growing up on the coasts of South Florida, Michelle has always loved the environment around her. At Sustainability Initiatives, she has been able to combine this passion with her lifelong interests of art and design. Michelle designs all graphic, print, and web content as the Digital Media Student Assistant. She believes that meaningful art can connects us with our senses, and that the response can prompt thinking, engagement, and even action.

Logan Armagost
Engineering Student Assistant

Logan found his passion for creating and innovating at a young age. While on track to earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, he incorporates, develops, and practices this knowledge with his work at Sustainability Initiatives. He is responsible for research, development, data acquisition, and electrical analysis. Converting sustainable concepts into quantitative tools and performance metrics in engineering is a challenge that he is committed to with his work.

Vincent Marcucci
Outreach Student Assistant

Vince focuses on student engagement and inclusive event planning. He also facilitates the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee and the ECOalition. Vince is currently studying Film and Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida. He is interested in creating visual stories, fiction and non-fiction, about system resilience and the vital role we play as individuals. His ultimate goal is to share an environmentalist’s lens with people around the world and participate in a collectivist community driven towards sustainability.

Danielle Masi
Social Media Student Assistant

Danielle manages all of the sustainability social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. She is currently studying Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of Central Florida, and is interested in unraveling the complicated relationship that exists between people and climate change. In the future, she’d like to work on making climate science more accessible to the public, as well as help to promote the fair treatment and protection of all people in the face of a rapidly changing global climate.