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Sustainable Training Series

Sustainability Initiatives is pleased to offer Faculty and Staff the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in sustainability through the Sustainable Training Series.

You can pursue the STS certificate or select training sessions individually. With peers from across campus, you’ll deepen your sustainability skillset and learn how these concepts are related and can be applied to our work at UCF. We’ll provide you tools to implement sustainable practices and systems and to model sustainable behavior.

Sessions include tours of campus natural and built assets, as well as guest lectures from community experts. There is no cost for training or materials.

In light of the impacts of COVID-19, SI is working to transition some sessions online. Previous registrants will receive email notification once the online sessions are available. If you did not previously register, sign-up for our faculty and staff newsletter to stay up to date.

2020 Sessions:

  • SUS101 – Series Introduction, February 11
  • SUS102 – A Call to Sustainability, February 25
    Guest lecture: Dr. Peter Jacques, Professor and Internship Coordinator School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, National Center for Integrated Coastal Research
  • SUS103 – Ecological Principles, March 10
    Guest lecture: Jennifer Elliott, Program Director, UCF Arboretum and Natural Resources Programs
    Tour: UCF natural lands
  • SUS104 – Food, March 24 – canceled
    Guest lecture: Kelsie Johnson, Coordinator, UCF Arboretum Programs
    Tour: UCF community garden and greenhouse
  • SUS105 – Water, April 7 – canceled
    Tour: District Energy Plant IV
  • SUS106 – Energy, April 21 – moving online, date TBA
    Tour: LEED certified building
  • SUS107 – Community, May 5 –moving online, date TBA
    Guest lecture: TBA
    Tour: Knights Helping Knights Pantry
  • SUS108 – Transportation, May 19 – canceled
  • SUS109 – Consumption and Economy, June 2 –moving online, date TBA 
    Guest lecture: TBA
  • SUS110 – Visions of Sustainability, June 16 – canceled
  • SUS111 – Call to Action and Story Telling, June 30 – canceled
    Plant Potluck 

Details regarding online sessions coming soon.

Sustainability Advisory Committee

Endorsed by the Office of the President, The Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) advocates and facilitate collegial efforts to advance environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social justice. From this over-arching committee, The Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWAT) support each initiative. The Committee at large serves as a connection for students, faculty, staff, and community to collaborate in order to strengthen the campus-wide commitment to sustainability.

Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) Faculty Members and Affiliations:

Claire Knox, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Curt Wade, CEM, BEP, LEED AP BD&C, LEED AP O&M

Director at Utilities & Energy Services

David Norvell, PE, LEED AP

Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Debra Reinhart, PhD, PE, BCEE

Pegasus Professor & Associate Vice President of the Office of Research & Scholarship

Jim Fenton

Director of Florida Solar Energy Center, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

John Weishampel

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Biology

Melody A. Bowdon, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost of the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success, Associate Dean of College of Undergraduate Studies

Omer Tatari

Professor of Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering

Patrick Bohlen

Director of Landscape & Natural Resources and Arboretum, Professor of Biology

Peter Jacques

Professor of Political Science

Rick Falco

Director of Student Union

Robert Taft

Chief Audit Executive at University Audit

Winston V. Schoenfeld

Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies; Director, Solar Technologies Research Division, FSEC;

Yara Watson

Coordinator, Sustainability & Outreach

The Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWAT)

Endorsed by the Office of the President, The Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) advocates and facilitate collegial efforts to advance environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social justice. From this over-arching committee, The Sustainability Working Advisory Teams (SWAT) support each initiative. The Committee at large serves as a connection for students, faculty, staff, and community to collaborate in order to strengthen the campus-wide commitment to sustainability.

Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) Faculty Members and Affiliations:

Link charter 

The Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWAT) concentrating on Buildings & Energy will report on the university building goals including, but not limited to, the Green Office Certification program, EPEAT Purchasing Policy, cleaning policies, room scheduling, occupant comfort via surveying. They will also report on the university energy goals including, but not limited to, energy procurement, efficiency, conservation, production, security, resilience, and storage.

Chair: Nathaniel Boyd – Associate Director Energy Services, Utilities & Energy Services

Members:

  • Aleksandar Dimitrovski, Dr. – Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Christy Miranda – Director University Planning Analysis, Space Planning, Analysis, & Administration
  • Duane Siemen – Director, Facilities Operations
  • Florian Jentsch – Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Simulation & Training
  • Hannah Hollinger – Coordinator, Utilities & Energy Services
  • Ian Rea – Coordinator Energy Services, Utilities & Energy Services
  • Issa Batarseh, Dr. – Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jim Fenton – Director, FSEC; Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Muthusamy Swami, Dr.– Program Director Buildings Research, FSEC; Adjunct Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Patricia Riva – Program Assistant, Undergraduate Student Services
  • Rob Vieira – Director Buildings Research, FSEC
  • Winston V. Schoenfeld – Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies; Director, Solar Technologies Research Division, FSEC;

The Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWAT) concentrating on Food & Livability will report on the university goals including, but not limited to, limiting food waste via composting, promoting sustainable food choices on campus, and improving access to local, and organic choices through community partners and on-campus food production.

We’re searching for members. Interested in promoting sustainable solutions for food and livability on campus or have expertise to share? Contact us at sustainable@ucf.edu today. 

The Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWAT) concentrating on Land & Water will report on the university water goals including, but not limited to, the potable water in buildings, process water consumption, irrigation water, wastewater treatment, reclaim water usage, high efficiency fixtures, and water reuse in buildings. They will also report on the university land goals including, but not limited to, pesticide and fertilize use.

Chair: Chris Kennedy – Assistant Director, Landscape and Natural Resources

Members:

  • Gary Rudolph – Associate Director Utility Production, Utilities & Energy Services
  • John McInerney – Maintenance Manager, Facilities Operations
  • Keith Coelho – Coordinator Utilities & Energy Management, Utilities & Energy Services
  • Larry Eflin – Water Utilities Supervisor, Utilities and Energy Services
  • Richard Berwanger – Senior Maintenance Superintendent, Housing & Residence Life
  • Saul Santiago – Chilled Water Superintendent, Utilities & Energy Services
  • Patrick Bohlen, Dr. – Director, Arboretum & Landscape & Natural Resources; Professor, Biology

The Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWAT) concentrating on Plastic Pollution will report on the university goals including, but not limited to, monitoring Purchasing Policy to reduce waste, improving the campus recycling rate, handling waste material logistics, and observing the economics of campus waste.

Chair: Debra Reinhart, Dr. – Associate VP Research & Scholarship, Office of Research & Commercialization; Pegasus Professor, Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering

Members:

  • April Konvalinka – Director, Housing & Residence Life
  • Brian Wormwood – Associate Director Housekeeping & Recycling Services, Facilities Operations
  • Chia-Yuan Yu – Assistant Professor, Public Administration
  • David Norvell – Director of Sustainability Initiatives
  • David Bock – Environmental Management Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Fevzi Okumus – CFHLA Preeminent Chair Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management 
  • Jacqualine Sullivan – Limited Submission Coordinator, Office of Research & Commercialization
  • Kathleen Murphy – Assistant Director, Athletics
  • Keith Krueger – Coordinator Housekeeping & Recycling Services, Facilities Operations
  • Kevin Sowers – Interim Director, Business Services
  • Nellie Nido – Associate Director, Procurement Services
  • Tammie Nadeau – Assistant Director, Multicultural Academic & Support Services 
  • Wendy Shively – Food Service Director, Aramark

The Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWAT) concentrating on Transportation will report on the university goals including, but not limited to, shuttle and other mass transit, commuter programs, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging, electrification of fleet vehicles, and improving the biking and pedestrian paths.

Chair: RJ Mueller – Microsoft Appl. Programmer, IT

Members:

  • Alex Trauger – Senior Planner & Project Manager, MetroPlan Orlando
  • Carl Kelly – Campus Planner, Facilities Planning & Construction
  • Chris Mahoney – Outreach Specialist, ReThink Your Commute
  • Dan Stephens – Lecturer, Public Administration
  • Doug Kettles – Coordinator/ EVTC Sr. Research Analyst, Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition/ CAPM
  • Emmett Davy – Transportation & Safety Coordinator, Student Government Association
  • Gary Cahen – Associate Director of Programs, Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Hatem Abou-Senna, Dr. – Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering; Director Transportation & Air Quality Program, Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation
  • Jessica Tam – Transportation Specialist, Parking & Transportation Services
  • Jose Vazquez Perez – Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Olivia Escalona – Coordinator of Risk Management, University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk
  • Susan B. Hutson – Assistant Director, Facilities Planning & Construction
  • Tommy Quintero – Facilities Support, Student Union
  • Tony Chronister, Sergeant – Operations Administrative Sergeant, University Police Department
  • Yaser Pourmohammadi Fallah, Dr. – Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering