TEAM

Meet the people that make our work possible.
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Chris Herr (he/him/his)

Sustainability Officer

Chris's role is to facilitate programs and projects that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, conserve water, encourage alternative forms of transportation, create educational opportunities for the student body, and otherwise conserve our resources. Chris works with student groups and individuals that have ideas on how we can make the Auraria Campus more sustainable.

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Cassy Cadwallader (she/her/hers)

Sustainability Coordinator

Cassy’s role is to develop and execute a robust Education and Outreach plan, assist the Director of Sustainability with annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory requirements, manage and develop the student employees, facilitate opportunities for further student involvement, and otherwise expand the capacity of the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program (ASCP). Her position will also play a role in project research, various areas of strategic planning, and in developing proposals. In her spare time she also Chair’s the AHEC Diversity Equity and Inclusion Community Coalition and serves as an AHEC representative on the Auraria Campus Police Department Community Advisory Board.

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Rylee McCone (she/her/hers)

Waste Diversion Specialist

Rylee focuses on waste diversion efforts through projects such as the Green Office Program and Compost Expansion. She helps the campus sustainability continue to grow by tracking and assessing data around waste diversion and campus emissions to find ways to reach ASCP’s goal of a 35% diversion rate by 2024 and lessen our environmental impact on as many fronts as possible. By collaborating with EcoReps, event staff, campus faculty, and our marketing team, Rylee is able to create and implement projects and educational events that add to a campus-wide effort towards a more eco-friendly and earth-conscious institution. Rylee is a strong believer in collaboration and the power of leading by example. She looks forward to engaging as many people as possible to work toward a common goal of making the Auraria campus a spearhead in environmentalism and creating a domino effect that radiates outward, encouraging sustainable mindsets and a sense of stewardship in every individual.

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Girija Kulkarni (she/her/hers)

Graduate Assistant

Girija is a Master’s Student in Environmental Sciences at CU Denver. She is the Graduate Assistant at ASCP and specializes in community outreach centered on environmental justice and sustainability. Her passion for animal rights and environmental justice led her to focus on spreading awareness on sustainable living through an understanding of global ecology. In her free time, Girija teaches Bollywood dance classes at the Student Wellness Center, wrangles horses, and spends time with her two wonderful dogs. She hopes to combine her knowledge of ecology, evolutionary biology, and business administration to inspire an environmentally conscious future.

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Evan Pierpont (he/him/his)

Student Associate - Marketing

Evan is an undergraduate student at MSU Denver obtaining his B.S. in Sustainable Systems Engineering. He intends to create more sustainable solutions whether that’s transportation infrastructure, services, products, or buildings. He serves as a marketing specialist within the ASCP, maintaining this website and creating in-house assets for the team. He is also responsible for on-campus collaborations with student clubs and organizations. He enjoys servicing and building computers, playing video games, and watching movies on his free time.

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Kait Kostelnik (she/her/hers)

Student Associate - Marketing

Meet Kait Kostelnik, she is a digital design student at UC Denver ‘s College of Arts and Media. Outside of design work, she is an artist. She works across several platforms including acrylic painting, photography, and videography. Beyond art, Kait spends the rest of her time outside. It doesn’t matter if it’s hiking, biking, or climbing if it’s outdoors she’s there. She is a climbing instructor and Outdoor Adventure associate at the Lola and Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, so go say hi! Kait loves having meaningful conversation with new individuals and hopes to travel the world gaining new insight on life and people. Her passion for art and nature is what lead her to the Auraria Sustainability Campus Program. It is her goal to combine creativity and environmental activism to encourage others to live a more sustainable life.

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Connor Weber (he/him/his)

Student Associate - Waste Diversion

Connor is a Junior at MSU Denver studying Environmental Science. Connor also graduated in 2019 with an Associates Degree in Business Management from Stark State College in North Canton, OH. Connor has had a passion for the natural world since a young age, since joining Cub Scouts and earning Eagle Scout in 2012. He has also worked a variety of interesting jobs over the years such as a Ride Operator at Cedar Point, a Ski Lift Operator, and most recently in Outdoor Education. Outside of work and school Connor enjoys video games, playing guitar, and being outside.

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Veronica Minster (she/her/hers)

Student Associate - Waste Diversion

Veronica is an undergraduate student at CU Denver obtaining her B.A. in Environmental Science. She serves as the Waste Diversion Associate for the ASCP. Her role is to assist with reducing the Auraria Campus' waste production by staffing zero waste events, sorting waste, and providing bin-side education. She additionally helps develop sustainability learning materials and ensures that waste bins are sufficiently maintained. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring nature, and travelling.

Prior Team Members

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