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TEAM

Meet the people that make our work possible.

Chris Herr

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Director of Sustainability

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.

Cassy Cadwallader

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Assistant Director of Sustainability

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. Cassy has a keen interest in prioritizing the the water conservation, food and gardens, and energy efficiency pillars.

Rylee McCone

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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.

Robbie Tepperberg

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Compost Operations Manager

Robbie's role is to lead the compost program by orchestrating the collection, sorting, and on-site processing of organic waste. His overarching objective is to divert all organic waste produced by AHEC from the landfill, and to instead repurpose it for use in the soils across the campus. His responsibilities encompass supervising the implementation of an advanced in-vessel composter and overseeing the production of nutrient-rich compost. Collaborating closely with the ASCP team, students, faculty, and staff, Robbie's work will be instrumental in achieving the campus's waste diversion targets. Moreover, Robbie will assist in research aimed at the multifaceted benefits of composting and to establish a replicable model for other educational institutions and communities.

Amanda Dian

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Graduate Assistant - Waste Diversion

Amanda is a Master’s Student in the Accelerated Master of Public Administration Program at CU Denver. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Iowa. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for the Waste Diversion Department at ASCP and specializes in the Green Offices Program, Share Meals, and campus Green Events. Amanda hopes to continue working in higher education sustainability and promote sustainability initiatives throughout campuses nationwide. Outside of work, she loves hiking, spending time outdoors, attending concerts, and traveling.

Joanna Chiyon Kumar

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Graduate Assistant - Marketing

Joanna is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing her Health Administration MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems dual degree program. She previously practiced as a Dentist in India having received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Joanna is currently the Graduate Assistant for the Marketing Department at ASCP. She hopes to use her passion for environmental awareness and preservation in the health care field. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, travelling, exploring new interests and hiking.

Piper Malczewski

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Student Associate - Marketing

Piper is an undergraduate student at CU Denver, studying a B.S. in Physics with studies in Human-Centered Design and Innovations. She would like to use applied physics in sustainability/energy research and innovation. Beyond her studies and work, she likes to travel, read, and play guitar.

Amy Nash

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Student Associate - Waste Diversion

After an eight-year career in the performing arts, Amy Nash has discovered a passion for Ecology and Environmental sciences. Currently enrolled at the Community College of Denver, she plans to graduate and enroll in a four-year school to pursue a bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Amy is the ASCP's first student employee from the Community College of Denver, working with the Waste Diversion team to reduce campus landfill rates and make the campus environment healthier for the students, staff, and urban wildlife who share the space. Her favorite animals are turtles because of their cute tails and tushies.

Lucy Harger

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Student Associate - Marketing

Lucy is an undergraduate student at MSU Denver obtaining a B.A. in Communication Design. She hopes to use her studies in graphic design to create effective and impactful ways of inspiring climate action, and improving education efforts. She works as the graphic design artist within the ASCP, focusing on getting the word out about our events, information, and current efforts to make campus a more sustainable community. She also helps to manage campus events with a focus on education and outreach through our media outlets. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and making art in her free time.

Aya Itani

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Student Associate - Marketing

Aya is an undergraduate student at MSU Denver studying Communication Design and minoring in Digital Marketing. Her role is to market the ASCP via social media platforms. Aya believes social media is an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to promoting important environmental and social issues and wants to amplify the ASCP's voice on social media.

Levi Brower

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Student Associate - Compost Operations

Levi is a student at the University of Colorado, studying political science with a focus on urban issues. He believes that sustainable practices on campus are a starting point for better environmental practices across the entire city. In his free time, Levi likes to ride bikes, backpack, and track down cool insects to learn about. He thinks composting is really cool and is happy to be part of the compost operations team at the ASCP.

Mya Blanks

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Student Associate - Compost Operations

Mya is an undergraduate student at CU Denver obtaining a B.A. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Communications. She is a Student Associate at the ASCP on the Compost Operations team. Mya has always been infatuated by the Earth and its functions, even as a child. She also enjoys sewing, doing pottery, and playing the trumpet.

Francesca

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Marketing Intern

Francesca Cristantiello is an undergraduate student receiving her B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Environmental Studies this upcoming May 2024. While the cold winter sees her bundling up next to any available source of warmth and baking treats, during the summer she enjoys camping, fly-fishing and spending time with friends and family. Always having loved animals some of her favorites include dogs, goats and the ever-important honeybee. A lifelong lover of nature, she enjoys capturing the beauty of the world as an environmental photographer. These connections to nature in as many aspects of life as possible drive her appetite for media, sustainability and conservation work, propelling her forward toward making a difference in Earth’s future.

Prior Team Members

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Hope
Bartlett

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Jackie
Slocombe

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Janese
Israel

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Jake
Kuenzli

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Kait
Kostelnik

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Anna Zapel

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Lydia
McGee

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Connor
Weber

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Valley Lopez

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Abi
Shea

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Cameron
Archer

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Girija Kulkarni

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Phoebe
Loyd

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Nico
Danks

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Jaxon Mawhiney

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