Speakers Bureau

Curious about sustainability? Interested in making your work place or home more environmentally friendly? Want to reduce your impact on the environment but don’t know where to begin? The Sustainability Speakers List can help!

The list provides the names of individuals from U.Va. and the surrounding community who are willing to volunteer their time to meet with departments or groups to talk about sustainability and environmentally related topics. Speaker expertise ranges from energy conservation and alternative transportation, to sustainable food systems and urban stormwater management.

Sustainability Team

For those looking for an in-depth evaluation rather than just a talk, the Sustainability Team might be the answer. Comprised of Andrew Greene, Armando de Leon, and Jess Wenger, the Sustainability Team is available to meet individually or as a group with departments for consultation on ways to reduce a department’s impact on the environment. Contact information and description of expertise are below.

Sustainability Expertise at U.Va.

Andrew Greene

U.Va. Office of the University Architect
Sustainability Planner


LEED design and construction, greenhouse gas emissions/carbon footprint, U.Va. sustainability efforts, University Committee on Sustainability

Jesse Warren

U.Va. Energy and Utilities
Acting Sustainability Programs Manager


Energy conservation at work and at home, lighting efficiently, conservation practices for new construction, energy conservation at U.Va.

Brian Smith

U.Va. Library
Public Services Assistant, Reserves Manager


Waste reduction, recycling, green library

Caroline Walters

Information Security, Policy, and Records Office
University Records Officer


Records management, digital imaging, going paperless

Cheryl Gomez

U.Va. Energy and Utilities
Director of Energy and Utilities


Fossil fuels (non-renewable fuels), renewable energy technologies, retro-commissioning, central plants, water conservation, utilities master planning, sustainability,
drought response

Jeff Sitler

U.Va. Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Compliance Manager


Environmental management, environmental regulatory requirements, pollution prevention

Jess Wenger

U.Va. Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Management Systems Coordinator


Environmental management, U.Va. sustainability programs, U.Va. composting program

John Quale

U.Va. Department of Architecture
Assistant Professor


Sustainable building design, sustainable building materials selection

Jonathan Monceaux

Department of Parking and Transportation

Transportation Demand Management, alternative commute options

Julia Monteith

U.Va. Office of the University Architect
Senior Land Use Planner


Grounds Plan, campus planning

Christopher Stevens

U.Va. Dining
Sustainability Coordinator


Sustainable food systems, U.Va. Dining sustainability programs

Libba Williams

U.Va. Energy and Utilities
Energy Engineer


Energy conservation, energy efficiency

Nancy Takahashi

Department of Landscape Architecture


Landscaping, waste vegetable oil recycling project at U.Va.

Nina Morris

U.Va. Energy and Utilities
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator


Sustainable events, community outreach, U.Va. sustainability student groups

Paxton Marshall

U.Va. Electrical and Computer Engineering


Energy efficiency, renewable energy

Phoebe Crisman

U.Va. School of Architecture
Associate Dean for Research
Director, Global Sustainability Minor program


Sustainable architecture, green urbanism, community & academic partnerships

Sonny Beale

Facilities Management Energy and Utilities – Recycling
Recycling Program Superintendent


U.Va. Recycling operations

Lori Ponton

U.Va. Procurement Services
Senior Buyer for Furnishings


Sustainable purchasing of furniture and furnishings

Tim Beatley

Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities


Community sustainability, green cities, local and sustainable food

Sustainability or Environmental Interest in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the Surrounding Areas

Dan Frisbee

City of Charlottesville
Environmental and Stormwater Program Coordinator


Urban stormwater management/water quality, MS4 Permit and Program, stormwater retrofitting – Charlottesville Stormwater Stewardship on Public Lands Study, Charlottesville’s Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP), urban stream restoration, urban forest management

Gregor Patsch

Albemarle Co.
Water Resources Manager


Albemarle County Green Roof, stormwater management

Kristel Riddervold

City of Charlottesville
Environmental Administrator


Charlottesville sustainability and stormwater initiatives

Lindsey Check Snoddy

Albemarle Co. Public Schools
Environmental Compliance Manager


Albemarle County Public Schools and LEED
Energy conservation in ACPS, single-stream recycling, integrated pest management

Andy Lowe

Albemarle Co.
Environmental Compliance Manager


Albemarle County Energy Conservation Program, County Climate Protection Program, County Environmental Compliance Program, County Environmental Management Systems (EMS) implementation, green living/sustainability in the county, county green map, county solar thermal system.

Cynthia Adams

Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)
Executive Director


LEAP, energy efficient homes