Our Team

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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
Associate Vice President for University Sustainability

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 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 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, climate resilience planning and policy development. Dennis currently serves on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Ed Working Group, the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee. At Boston University he serves on the advisory boards of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, City Planning Program and Urban Affairs, the Urban Climate Research Initiative, and the URBAN Graduate Program. He also served on the Climate Ready Boston Infrastructure Advisory Group, the Massachusetts Statewide Resilience Master Plan Technical Advisory Group, 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:

  • Manage the implementation and ongoing evolution, evaluation and reporting of the University’s Climate Action Plan. Support the strategic and organizational integration of the Climate Action Plan and sustainability into the University’s Strategic Plan, and operational and academic functions.
  • Work in close collaboration with all Operations departments and others to more fully integrate sustainability into the operational activities of the University.
  • Work closely with the Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee to support the academic Initiative for Climate Change and Sustainability to enhance the use of the campus and community as a living learning laboratory for sustainability.
  • With a strategic University-wide emphasis, act as the primary campus spokesperson on University sustainability and outward facing communications, especially as related to the Climate Action Plan.

Lisa Tornatore
Sustainability 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 from 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 sustainability director, Lisa is responsible for:

  • Collaborate on the University Climate Action Plan and its implementation
  • Support sustainable campus operations
  • Engage the University community in achieving our climate commitments and sustainability goals
  • Support the University’s educational mission by using the campus as a living learning laboratory.

Lauren Alzate
Associate Director for Communications

Lauren Alzate

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Lauren Alzate is the associate director for communications for Boston University Campus Planning & Operations. Lauren graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 2010 with a BS in journalism and received an MS in advertising from BU’s Metropolitan College in 2017. Some of Lauren’s major responsibilities include website management, public relations, social media, project photography, and graphic communications.


Stephen Ellis,
Data Manager

Stephen EllisBefore joining Boston University, Stephen served as the Climate Programs Manager at Second Nature, a nonprofit focused on accelerating climate action in and through higher education. There he supported the program logistics and retention of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, as well as managed reported data for internal tracking and external grant reports.

Stephen completed a BS in Environmental Science from the University at Albany, SUNY. There he was heavily involved with the campus’ sustainability initiatives. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2012 SUNY Emerging Leaders Award-Energy Smart NY and 2012 President’s Award for Sustainability Leadership. Stephen also holds dual MA’s in International Affairs and in Natural Resources & Sustainable Development from American University and the University for Peace, respectively



Amy Elvidge, Sustainability Director for Dining Services

Amy ElvidgeAmy Elvidge has worked in higher education food system sustainability as a student and staff since 2008, and has experience with Zero Waste, local and organic food sourcing, water conservation, energy efficiency, and real food education. When not at BU, Amy enjoys road and mountain biking, playing with her Portuguese Water Dog puppy, cooking new vegetables, and planning the next adventure with her family. You can contact Amy here.

 


sustainability
@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.

Kya (Tamara) Huggins

Kya HugginsKya Huggins is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Kya is passionate about environmental policy and educating others about sustainable alternatives. After graduating she wants to research and develop natural and sustainable consumer packaged goods. In her free time, she enjoys strength training, videography, and cooking.

Kya’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is communications & outreach.

Yi-Hsin (Rebecca) Lee

Rebecca LeeRebecca is an undergraduate studying nutrition and dietetics in Sargent College with a minor in environmental analysis and policy. She is interested in food systems and sustainability in relation to nutrition and wellness. Rebecca enjoys being outdoors and traveling to new places with friends and family. You can often find her exploring the city of Boston or sipping on Vietnamese iced coffee.

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

Yunhan (Florence) Chen

Florence ChenFlorence Chen is pursuing a masters in Global Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, with a focus on Environmental Policy. She is interested in climate change adaptation, energy & environmental policy, and sustainable development practices. Outside of school, she likes cooking, dancing and a cappella. She is also a vegetarian and trying to live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Florence’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is communications & outreach.

Madison Berman

Madison BermanMadi is an undergraduate in the CAS BA/MA program getting a BA in environmental analysis and policy with a minor in sustainable energy and pursuing a MA in energy and environment. She is interested in the future of sustainable energy and how education and public awareness can impact the progression and development of renewable energy markets. In her spare time, Madi performs in a comedy troupe and volunteers with a community service oriented group.

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

Alexandra (Ally) Morris

Alexandra MorrisAlly Morris is an English major in CAS with a minor in classical studies. She is interested in finding areas of intersection between sustainability and her other passions, like social justice movements, art, and literature. In her spare time, she’s usually reading, writing, or taking an aimless walk.

Ally’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is outreach.

Luca Amorosa

Luca AmorosaLuca is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in creating a more energy efficient design of heating systems in residential buildings, as well as the development of Passive House design, a rigorous standard by which buildings are designed to use little to no energy. Originally from Montreal, Luca speaks French and Italian, and aspires to work in four different countries by the age of 30.

Luca’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is the Brownstone Energy Efficiency Pilot Program.

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 was Green Office Certification.

Sarah Theurkauf

Sarah TheurkaufSarah Theurkauf is an MBA candidate pursuing concentrations in Energy & Environmental Sustainability and Strategy & Innovation. She is also the General Education Specialist in the Office of the Provost, where she manages the curriculum development system for the BU Hub. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, and cooking local, sustainable food.

Sarah’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is the development of sustainability-focused curriculum for the BU Hub General Education Program.

Natalie Bennett

Natalie BennettNatalie is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in political science and minoring in environmental policy & analysis and journalism. Natalie is passionate about creating and promoting a sustainable lifestyle, both through individual actions and public policy. Originally from Southern California, Natalie has loved experiencing the culture, food, and weather of Boston. When she’s not in class, Natalie can be found delivering the morning news on BUTV10’s Good Morning BU.

Natalie’s primary responsibility with sustainability@BU is communications.

Emily Brown

Emily BrownEmily is an undergraduate student studying Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. Her environmental passions lie in the attitudes and behaviors people adopt when it comes to sustainable practices such as recycling and composting, environmentally-conscious diet choices, and renewable energy sources. With one of her passions being travel and cultural exploration, Emily plans to study abroad in London for her final semester in her undergraduate career. Upon completing her degree, Emily hopes to go on for a graduate degree in clinical psychology. In her spare time, Emily enjoys leading an active lifestyle by exploring Boston, yoga and meeting as many dogs as she can.

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

Jessi Fuchs

Jessi FuchsJessi Fuchs is an undergraduate student in the College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, studying Health Science. She is interested in a career in public health, particularly environmental health and epidemiology. In her spare time she enjoys doing volunteer work with the Community Service Center, playing chess, and exploring Boston.

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

Megan Halloran

Megan HalloranMegan is an undergraduate student studying Health Science in Sargent College with a minor in biology. She is interested in creating a sustainable future and studying the connections between the environment and public health. In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and ballet.

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

Bailey Katsumata-Smith

Bailey Katsumata-SmithBailey Katsumata-Smith is an undergraduate student in CAS studying political science. She is interested in the political aspect of discussing the environment as well as shifting the social narrative to normalize climate change discussion. In her free time, Bailey sings in the a cappella group “In Achord,” involves herself in with the community service center, and explores Boston as often as she can.

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

Evie Layland

Evie LaylandEvie Layland is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Biology. She is passionate about issues surrounding our oceans, and the intersection between conservation and sustainability. She is also the vice president of the Marine Science Association and an intern at the New England Aquarium. Evie hopes to be able to spread awareness for sustainable actions and how what we do on land impacts life in the oceans.

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

Clara Martin

Clara MartinClara is an undergraduate student in the BS/MPH program pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology and a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She is passionate about health education and how the built environment affects communities’ ability to be healthy. In her spare time, Clara likes to explore Boston’s amazing food scene!

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

Pauline Reck

Pauline ReckPauline Reck is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is passionate about sharing BU’s sustainability culture with incoming students, and educating them about what they can do to help as individuals by providing sustainable alternatives. She is especially passionate about helping reduce one-use plastic materials, and encourages people to switch to reusable water bottles, mugs, and straws. In her free time, she enjoys dancing to Latin music, cooking, and lounging at any near park.

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

Victoria Seremetis

Victoria SeremetisVictoria is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a major in Earth and Environment with a minor in Biology. Victoria lived in Earth House in her Sophomore year, sparking a strong interest in environmental sustainability. She hopes to bring the concept of sustainability into questions about socioeconomic issues, and pursue a career in Urban Planning. Victoria has a collection of crystals and thrift store books that is forever growing, and her favorite tree is a black willow.

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