Staff Bios

 AndreaTrimble14 Andrea Trimble CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M joined UVa as the Office for Sustainability Director in November 2013.  In this role, Andrea has University-wide responsibility for partnering with a wide range of stakeholders in developing and implementing a UVa sustainability strategic plan that has broad impact across many departments and schools.  Her team is responsible for partnering and collaborating with the eleven schools, library, provost, and departments to leverage UVA’s physical assets as a living laboratory for students to learn about sustainability, and in supporting academic initiatives related to facilities and Grounds. Andrea holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School.
 NinaMorris14 Nina Morris is the Sustainability Program Manager for Outreach & Engagement in the Office for Sustainability.  Nina manages the outreach, engagement and communications team for the Office for Sustainability and works collaboratively to foster a culture of sustainability within the U.Va. community. Nina and her team develop and implement sustainability engagement programs,  outreach tools, embed sustainable practices in existing events, run sustainability events and campaigns, and manage sustainability communications for the University. Major projects include the Sustainability Advocates program, zero waste Athletic events, Earth Week, Dorm Energy Race, Chuck it for Charity, signage, the U.Va. Sustainability website, newsletter, and social media. Nina started at U.Va. in April 2010 and holds a B.A. in Spanish & Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University.
 JesseWarren14 Jesse Warren, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, is the Sustainability Program Manager for Buildings & Operations in the Office for Sustainability.  Jesse is responsible for the University’s recycling, electric demand response and sustainable building programs.  He leads a team of energy engineers who identify and implement energy efficiency and Delta Force retro-commissioning projects across Grounds.  Previously, Jesse worked as a consultant doing energy conservation, HVAC design, energy modeling and LEED project coordination.  He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and he is a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of Virginia. He is a proud father of two and a rain or shine bike commuter.
 SonnyBeale14 Bruce “Sonny” Beale, Recycling Programs Superintendent, joined Facilities Management in October 1987, as an equipment operator with the Landscape department.  He spent nearly 5 years as tool room and equipment foreman, before joining the Recycling Division in March of ’94.  Now the Recycling division leader, Sonny is certified in Municipal Solid Waste Management Systems through SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) and contract administrator for the solid waste and recycling contracts.  He and his team have received numerous grants, awards and recognition in the University of Virginia community, and State and National organizations for excellence of programs, education and diversion and has continued to champion waste minimization efforts.  Sonny has acquired much knowledge and skills from previous work roles and interests, that helps create understanding and learning opportunities for himself and the youth and their families of our community.  He has coached Little League baseball for about a decade, was the leader of his son’s Boy Scout den, patrol and troop for 7 years and served as Co-Program Director for the local Scout summer camp.  Recently Sonny has coached as many as 2, Fall and Spring soccer teams in the area with the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville and Albemarle (SOCA). 
 EdBrooks14 Throughout Ed Brooks’ (Energy Engineering Technician) long career with the University of Virginia, sustainability, utility reliability and energy efficiency have always been his focus. From beginning as a boiler fireman, to achieving boiler plant superintendent, to opening and managing the Metering Department, where he began with only 150 existing meters on U.Va.’s district utility systems before expanding the program to over a thousand meters.  Through a pilot retro-commissioning project he began U.Va.’s process of retro commissioning now known as Delta Force; a multi-disciplinary approach to retro commissioning and sustainability efforts (ecomissioning), which is now well-established within the Office for Sustainability.
JohnJones14 John Jones joined U.Va as an Energy Engineer in October 2010 after holding previous roles in the areas of facilities project management, physical plant operations, and mechanical and building automation systems contracting with various Virginia-based firms.  He is currently responsible for evaluating, identifying and implementing energy reduction projects in existing university facilities at U.Va.  A few of his projects have included Gilmer Hall, Thornton Hall, West Complex and others.  John holds a BS degree in Engineering from Old Dominion University and is a licensed engineer in Virginia.  He is also an accredited LEED AP BD+C and O+M as well as a Certified Energy Manager.  Outside of work, John enjoys outdoor activities and music.
 EdieTaylor Edie Taylor joined the Office for Sustainability in March 2014 as a Sustainability Analyst. She manages data sets for everything from the nitrogen footprint to Delta Force carbon and energy reductions. Armed with this data, she is also actively engaged in connecting the dots between outreach and the technical work of the energy engineers. She also supports the Facilities Management community as a sustainability liaison, advocating for general sustainable building and operations throughout the University. Edie is an Engineer-in-Training, working towards a Professional Engineer and LEED certification.  She graduated from UVA in May 2013 with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. As an undergrad, she participated in ecoMOD, a renowned sustainable housing project. Aside from her passion for sustainability, football season is her favorite time of year. Each fall, she can usually be found cheering on both her native Alabama Crimson Tide and remaining loyal to the Virginia Cavaliers.
 LibbaWilliams14 Libba Williams joined the University’s Energy & Utilities Department as an Energy Engineer in 2007.  As energy engineer she leads retro-commissioning and optimization of University building systems.  She has been involved in the project management of O’Hill Dining Hall and Wilsdorf Hall, and has led Delta Force projects in several buildings on Grounds.  She holds a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.  Before becoming an Energy Engineer, she was a Senior Project Manager for University of Virginia Facilities Planning & Construction and a Mechanical Design Engineer for a private consulting firm.  Libba is a Certified Energy Manager and is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  When not in the office, she enjoys choral singing, reading and hiking. 
 Sakib Ahmed Sakib Ahmed is the Communications Coordinator for the Office for Sustainability. In this role, he develops content for the sustainability website, social media, and promotes the overarching story of sustainability at U.Va. He hopes to increase awareness for sustainability on grounds, and engage a diverse audience through graphical and interactive content. He has experience working within sustainability in higher education, E-Commerce, and government sustainability. Sakib earned his B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability Studies from Stony Brook University, and is a Climate Fellow of the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute. On his free time, Sakib enjoys hiking, canoeing, and being outdoors.  



Sustainability Student Employees


LaurenNguyen14 Lauren Nguyen, Recycling Team Leader, 4th year, Commerce major with Accounting and Finance concentrations, Environmental Science minor- I am also Co-Executive Director of Green Grounds. My favorite project within the Recycling Team is the annual Game Day Challenge because bringing together a wide range of U.Va. students to spread the word about recycling to UVA football fans is definitely a fun and worthwhile experience. I care about sustainability because although people think that their lives and the environment are separate, they aren’t. How we treat this earth, ultimately affects us all. I am motivated and inspired by the amount of passion and determination within the sustainability community, and I love being a part of it!
Kelsey Kelsey Veazey, Recycling Team, I’m a 3rd year Urban and Environmental Planning major with a minor in Global Sustainability. My favorite event is the Game Day Challenge, because as a volunteer for the past two years, I’ve experienced very positive reactions from fans tailgating before the game. The fans are energized about what we’re doing to minimize waste; and the fact that it’s a competition against other schools makes it even more exciting. I am also a member of the Sustainability Committee on U.Va. Student Council and have been a Sustainability Advocate in the past. I believe sustainability is about generating awareness about our present and future impacts on the world. Changing what kinds of impacts we have can lead to creating and maintaining healthier and more resilient natural and manmade systems.
IMG_4897 Maria Rincon-Lizarazo Recycling Team, 2nd year, Global Studies (Environments & Sustainability) Major- The project I am most looking forward to working on is the Game Day Challenge. I love seeing all of the volunteers who are eager to spread the word about going green to visitors as well as regular residents of Charlottesville. Mixing the awesome sport of football and the tradition of tailgating with sustainability education is a great way to advocate for the protection of the environment. I have a great opportunity to promote sustainable living to people outside of the U.Va. community. The best part is: we get to compete against other schools and show how much students at UVa care about the environment!
IMG_4898 Nick Brown, Recycling Team, 2nd year, Chemical Engineering major- My favorite Recycling Team project is the Game Day Challenge, because it presents a good opportunity to educate a large amount of people on the importance of proper waste disposal, and it highlights the importance of sustainability at UVA. As a recycling team member it is my goal to help advocate sustainable practices throughout grounds. Promoting sustainability, primarily the reduction of waste, is important to me because many people do not realize how much energy and resources are being wasted every day.
Laura Szczyrba Laura Szczyrba, Recycling Student Employee, 3rd year, BS Environmental Science and Spanish double major.I became involved in this position through participation in the Sustainability Advocates program. Working under UVa Recycling, I undertake projects that improve the recycling program here at the University. My research has included document destruction, gable top containers, and TerraCycling. I care about sustainability because acute awareness of your individual impact can add a layer of responsibility and purpose to your every action. My favorite project is Recyclemania. although it is a busy 8 weeks, there are so many fun events that highlight the importance of recycling, especially on a college campus!
AdriannaGorsky14 Adrianna Gorsky, Energy & Water Team,  3rd  year, Environmental Science and Environmental Thought and Practice- My favorite project this year was planning and promoting World Water Day. WWD gave us a chance to highlight and work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and the greater Charlottesville community on a central issue. At U.Va. I am also a part of the Environmental Impact Subcommittee on Energy and Green Dining. I care about sustainability because I am concerned about the future of our planet. This summer I worked for US Fish and Wildlife and directly saw the impact humans had on the management of our lands and on the productivity of different species. There are so many simple changes to one’s lifestyle that can make a large impact on the future of our environment. I believe education and outreach are the first steps to lasting change.
TimMetzger14 Tim Metzger, Energy & Water Team, 3rd year, Environmental Science Major- My favorite project is planning and organizing World Water Day. I am also a member of the Student Council Sustainability Committee and I have conservation experience working for Virginia State Parks. Sustainability is important to me because it ensures the stability of Earth’s natural processes and ecosystems for generations to come.
Megan Megan McDaniels, Outreach Team, 3rd year BS Environmental Science and Global Environments and Sustainability Double Major. I’m really excited to help facilitate the link between students and sustainability and to empower students to become green leaders in this community.  There are so many resources and opportunities for involvement with sustainability at U.Va. and it’s my goal to connect students to what they’re looking for.   If we’re creative enough, we can find ways to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the University. I am also a co-executive Director of Green Grounds (with Lauren!) and Green Chair of Kappa Delta.  I love sustainability because this beautiful planet is our one and only home and it’s our responsibility to care for it and live consciously.
IMG_4906 Greg Richmond, Outreach Team, 2nd year, Pre-Commerce major, Environmental Science minor. As an Advocate Leader veteran, I am excited to join the Student Outreach team that runs the Sustainability Advocates Program in hopes to expand the club further and widen our presence on Grounds. I am looking forward to all the great sustainability events coming up this year including the Game Day Challenge, Dorm Energy Race, and Earth Week. Sustainability is an overarching principle that I hope will consciously effect everyone’s decisions, but this movement does not happen overnight; it happens here, at U.Va.
Althea Pickering Althea Pickering, Outreach Team, 2nd year, Spanish and Foreign Affairs or Global Studies double major. I was a Sustainability Advocate last year so I am excited to join the Outreach Team and help run the SA program by spreading awareness to other environmentally conscious students around grounds, advocating for more sustainable lifestyles and fostering a sense of responsibility to the environment and our broader UVa and Charlottesville communities. Last year my favorite part of the SA program was the Dorm Energy Race because I thought it was a great way to get lots of first years involved and competing to raise awareness by demonstrating specific ways that we as individuals can modify our daily habits to protect our earth. .
DyannaJaye14 Dyanna Jaye, Promotions Team Leader, 4th year, Environmental Science and Global Development Studies major. Leading the Sustainability Promotions team is the best job I could ask for at U.Va. We work on many events throughout the year that focus on engaging the student body and supporting the development of sustainable living habits and values. I am really looking forward to planning Earth Week this year—it’s a great time to bring together the U.Va. and Charlottesville community through a week of creative and educational events. Promoting sustainability and environmental action encourages us all to live thoughtfully and recognize the connections that our daily activities have to the natural environment.
JenniferNatzyak14 Jennifer Natyzak, Promotions Team, 3rd year, environmental science major. Engaging U.Va. and the community through the SustainaNewsletter and events like Earth Week are some of my favorite projects in Promotions. As an environmental science major, member of the Student Council Sustainability Committee, co-chair for Earth Week 2014, and co-leader of Crafting for Conservation, I’m a big fan of SustainaStuff at UVa. This year I’m striving to instill environmental literacy in the UVa community in regards to opportunities at UVa and beyond. Sustainability isn’t just a fab fad; it’s a lifestyle and the new norm.
nqoble Nqobile Mthethwa, Promotions Team, 2nd year, undecided (but Global Studies or Foreign Affairs) and minor in Global Sustainability.  I’m really excited to promote all things sustainability across U.Va. grounds with various events such as film screenings, discussions, and Earth Week. I hope to reach a wide range of students, faculty, and community members. I’m passionate about environmental justice, sustainability, and social movements. I’m also a member of Climate Action Society, U.Va. Students United, and Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. Most importantly, I’m hoping to promote sustainability as a norm!
DagmawiAbebe14 Dagmawi Abebe, UVa Sustainability Photographer and Videographer, 3rd Year, Physics Major Film Minor-My favorite project is working on the District Energy Campus Video competition. Sustainability is important to me, because It allows for an energy efficient world.