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.
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.
Social Outreach Student Assistant
Hannah is responsible for the social outreach and marketing campaigns of the office, in hopes to educate and unite the campus community in addressing sustainable initiatives. Currently, Hannah is an undergraduate student working to obtain a degree in Environmental Studies from the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is specifically passionate about implementing renewable energy and supporting sustainable agriculture. Her primary goal is to strengthen the literacy of students, faculty, and staff in sustainability and ultimately encourage the practice thereof.
Engineering Student Assistant
An undergraduate in the mechanical engineering department, Mathew Coalson is driven to use his growing knowledge to shape UCF's energy future. At Florida Southwestern State College (formerly Edison State College) Mathew founded the Environmental Studies Club. While president he took a lead role in building a solar powered pontoon boat capable of navigating the back bays of Southwest Florida. Currently, at UCF, he is the project manager for a student lead initiative to build an aquaponics system on the campus of a local elementary school. The aquaponics system will be powered by solar. Currently his primary focus is fulfilling his role as student assistant for the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
Engineering Student Assistant
Roger is responsible for research, design, testing, data acquisition, and analysis of environmentally conscious energy systems. Roger received his Associates degree from Seminole State College and is currently perusing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at UCF. As he advances towards his degree, Roger is motivated to apply his developing knowledge to engineering sustainable energy options for UCF under the guidance of the Assistant Vice President.
Reporting Student Assistant
Blue is responsible for working with the coordinator to develop the office’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) tracking and reporting capacity. This includes the tracking of student, faculty, and staff engagement in sustainable behavior, campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and academic sustainability activities. Blue is currently studying English and Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is interested in the relationships that exist between people and the natural world and the ways in which communication can benefit both. Her primary goal is to bridge the gap between the general public and the scientific community in order to build a more sustainable world.
Digital Media Student Assistant
An undergraduate in Digital Media at UCF, Shelaine is passionate about design and technology. Growing up by a lake in the depths of central florida has instilled in her a love for nature and an appreciation for conservation. She is especially interested in the ways new communities can become harmonious with the natural world. Shelaine designs all graphic, print, and web content as a Digital Media Student Assistant with Sustainability Initiatives. She believes that great design can influence thought and action; and great design coupled with great purpose can bring about change.