Our Team

sustainability@BU Team

sustainability@BU, “It’s what we do.” We do it with a dedicated team of interns, a director, and an outreach coordinator. We also get a great deal of support from many on campus, especially from Dining’s sustainability coordinator, Facilities Management & Planning’s communications manager, and recycling coordinator, and the entire FM&P department. Have an idea? Contact us!

Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Director

Dennis Carlberg

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Dennis Carlberg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with over 25 years of experience. In January 2009 Dennis joined Boston University as its first Sustainability Director. Dennis is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment and faculty/advisor for the Earth House, a living learning community. He comes from a Boston architectural firm where he was a partner, senior designer, and chaired the sustainability committee, which he established in 2000. Dennis began his career at the Solar Energy Research Institute conducting daylighting research to reduce building energy consumption and improve the indoor environment.

Dennis co-chairs the Climate Resilience Committee at the Urban Land Institute – Boston, which was formed in 2011 to educate and motivate the Boston-area real estate community to actively address climate change, sea level rise, and climate resilience planning and policy. Dennis also serves on the Climate Ready Boston Infrastructure Advisory Group, the Massachusetts Statewide Resilience Master Plan Technical Advisory Group, the Museum of Science Environmental Sustainability Committee, and the BU Hub Implementation Task Force for general education.

Dennis received his Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

At Boston University, Dennis is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing a strategy to integrate sustainability principles into the operational functions of the University.
  • Communicating, informing and promoting these principles and programs throughout the University.
  • Acting as the campus spokesperson on sustainability and providing outreach to local and national organizations as well as funding agencies.

Lisa Tornatore, Assistant Director

Lisa Tornatore

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Lisa Tornatore (CAS ’02) has a BA in Psychology from Boston University. For ten years, Lisa worked at BU Sargent College as a Senior Program Coordinator, Assistant to the Dean, and Facilities and Events Manager. While at Sargent, she was a Sustainability Liaison since the program’s inception. As a member of the Sustainability Behavior Change Task Force, she contributed to several initiatives including the Green Office and Green Department Certification programs.

Lisa coordinated the LEED Silver Certification of the Makechnie Study Center for Sargent College. This was the Charles River Campus’s first LEED Certification.

Lisa is also a Pilates instructor and enjoys cooking and eating locally-sourced food. She is interested in promoting a healthy, efficient way of life through sustainability.

As assistant director, Lisa is responsible for:

  • Engaging faculty, staff, and students in campus sustainability.
  • Providing and supporting training of faculty, staff and students through existing programs and developing new programs.
  • Serve as the primary contact person and outreach coordinator for all on-campus sustainability activities.
  • Contribute to strategy development, ongoing evolution, execution, measurement, and reporting of the strategy for sustainability@BU.

David Frank, Sustainability Manager for Dining Services

David Frank

David Frank joined Boston University Dining Services in April 2016. He graduated from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York in 2012 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. In 2014, he graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York with a M.S. in Sustainable Systems. His concentrations during his graduate work were in efficient operations, waste management and sustainable food systems. After being awarded a Climate Showcase Communities Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region Two, David’s thesis focused on working closely with New York State and Monroe County to turn waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel for RIT’s diesel fleet. From 2014 to 2016 before coming to Boston University Dining Services, David was the Sustainability Manager at Gator Dining Services at the University of Florida. During his work in Florida, the State of Florida and the University of Florida recognized him for his commitment and leadership to driving sustainability, health and wellness in the state. David is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional in Operations and Maintenance. David’s overarching mission is to drive tangible and transparent sustainability objectives campus wide. Please feel free to contact David Frank directly at frankd@bu.edu.

Lauren Alzate, Communications Manager

Lauren Alzate

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Lauren Alzate is the communications manager for Boston University Facilities Management & Planning. Lauren graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 2010 with a BS in journalism and is currently pursuing an MS in advertising at BU’s Metropolitan College. Some of Lauren’s major responsibilities include website support, public relations, social media, project photography, and graphic communications.

@BU Student Interns:

sustainability@BU interns have been playing a critical role in the programs the office has developed and implemented since the summer of 2009. The knowledge and skills they bring to sustainability@BU have enabled the University to move quickly and effectively toward a more sustainable future. Many of our graduate and undergraduate interns work for pay, others for course credit through their schools and colleges, and now with the CAS On-Campus Internship Program we are able to engage more students in the University’s sustainability efforts.

Join Us

If you are a current BU student and have a passion for creating a more sustainable future consider joining us. If you are interested, please send your resume to sustainability@BU.edu, or apply through the CAS On-Campus Internship Program. We do have a waiting list, and typically fill positions at the beginning of each term.

Ryan Peters

Ryan Peters

Ryan Peters is an undergraduate in ENG studying mechanical engineering. He is interested in developing sustainable agricultural systems and renewable energy technologies. Ryan enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and exploring culinary alchemy.

Ryan’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • Managing sustainability metrics
  • Reporting for Chevy Campus Clean Energy Campaign
  • Nitrogen footprinting
  • Graphic Design and Data Visualization

Victoria Chaney

Victoria Chaney

Victoria is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies with a minor in Environmental Analysis & Policy. She is interested in studying sustainable building design, promoting efficiency of energy and material consumption, and educating the public of how to better interact with and function more sustainably in the built environment. Victoria is also a tea enthusiast, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is involved with BU’s Community Service Center.

Victoria’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • STARS Report & Survey Coordinator
  • Research
  • Outreach
  • Sustainability Ambassador

Alexandra Chin

Alexandra Chin

Alexandra is an undergraduate studying environmental analysis & policy and economics in CAS. She also works as a Peer Leader on the Women In Science and Engineering specialty floor at Warren Towers. She is interested in environmental and patent law as well as the intersection between economics and sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys figure skating, salsa dancing, and playing the violin.

Alexandra’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Outreach
  • Communications
  • Sustainability Ambassador

Juan Tomas Leal

Juan Tomas Leal

Juan joined the Boston University’s College of Engineering in 2014. He is currently pursuing a major in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy technologies. His career goal is to be an entrepreneur in the energy technology field. Juan loves traveling, skiing, and the outdoors.

Juan’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Brownstone energy efficiency pilot program
  • Energy analysis
  • Heat timer technical research

Saloni Shah

Saloni ShahSaloni is an undergraduate in the College of Engineering studying biomedical engineering and sustainable energy. She is interested in using technology and entrepreneurship to solve problems related to energy efficiency and sustainable development. Saloni is also involved in Global App Initiative and Entrepreneurship Club and enjoys dancing and trying new restaurants in the city in her free time. Her interest in sustainability was sparked when she visited farmer’s markets and read about the greenhouse gas effect.

Saloni’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is as a Sustainability Ambassador, working directly with BU Orientation to provide education about sustainability resources on campus.

Erica Gerdts

Erica GerdtsErika is an undergraduate student in the Questrom School of Business and is pursuing a minor in sustainable energy. She serves on the E-Staff of the Environmental Affairs department of BU Student Government. Erika loves the outdoors, literature, and music. She also longboards, plays guitar, and writes poetry.

Erika’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is as a Sustainability Ambassador, working directly with BU Orientation to provide education about sustainability resources on campus.

Lena Adams

Lena AdamsLena is an undergraduate student at Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences studying Health Science. She is interested in studying the environment’s impact on the overall health of humans and animals. Lena serves on the executive board of Boston University’s Salsa Club, and is a member of Advance, Recruit, Retain, and Organize Women in STEM (ARROWS). Lena also enjoys practicing martial arts, playing chess, and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Lena’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is as a Sustainability Ambassador, working directly with BU Orientation to provide education about sustainability resources on campus.

Jonathan DiCesare

Jonathan DiCesareJonathan is an undergraduate student studying environmental analysis and policy with a minor in engineering. He is interested in the development of renewable energy technologies and efficient transportation methods. Back home Jonathan is completing a micro-hydroelectric facility. He loves to eat, sail, and adventure.

Jonathan’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is Green Office Certification.

Josh Stoffel

Josh StoffelJosh is a Master of Business Administration candidate at the BU Questrom School of Business and is focusing his degree on organizational behavior, operations, and strategy. He is interested in how organizations can better treat and support their employees in order for employees to be more fulfilled with their jobs and more productive in working toward strategic priorities. Josh holds a BS in environmental sciences and a M.Ed. in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He enjoys most outdoor activities and likes to try his hand at building furniture.

Josh’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Climate action planning
  • Research

Julia Shaw

Julia ShawJulia is an undergraduate student pursuing an independent major called urban sustainability, through the College of Arts and Sciences. The major combines her interests in urban and environmental studies by incorporating courses from the environmental science, sociology, anthropology, political science, and urban affairs departments. She is interested in the development of sustainable food and water systems in an urban context. Julia spends her spare time biking around Boston, hanging out in local coffee shops, and experimenting in the kitchen with exotic produce from farmer’s markets.

Julia’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is communication and outreach.

Emma Marshall-Torres

Emma Marshall-TorresEmma Marshall-Torres is a senior at Boston University studying environmental analysis & policy, sustainable energy, and French. She has a background in advocacy and international nonprofit work, but hopes to ultimately work abroad in the renewable energy space following graduation. She enjoys drawing, languages, photography, coffee, and dogs.

Emma’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Communications
  • Updating reports and surveys

Mike DiMuccio

Mike DiMuccioMike is a graduate student at the Pardee School of Global Studies studying environmental policy and international relations. He is interested in global environmental negotiation & policy and sustainable development. In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing the guitar, ultimate frisbee, and spending time outdoors.

Mike’s primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU include:

  • Energy data analysis
  • STARS reporting
  • Climate action planning research