Our Team

Sustainability Interns and Ambassadors 2017-18 - Photograph By Kalman Zabarsky

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.

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 recently received an MS in advertising from BU’s Metropolitan College. Some of Lauren’s major responsibilities include website management, public relations, social media, project photography, and graphic communications.

 


Marcus Welker, Data Manager for Sustainability

Marcus Welker

Marcus Welker joined the team in fall 2017 to serve as the Data Manager for Sustainability. Prior to coming to BU, Marcus was the Sustainability Projects Coordinator at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Marcus enjoys working with students to understand sustainability challenges, improve institutional performance, and collaborate and communicate with stakeholders and members of the community. Marcus is a biologist by training with masters degrees from Dartmouth College and King’s College, University of London and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Marcus has traveled widely and seen the effects of climate change first hand in Alaska, Greenland, and Svalbard. Marcus is excited to be working proactively with Boston University to help solve major 21st century challenges. Marcus enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and ultimate frisbee in his free time.


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@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.

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

 

Qiyuan (Lucy) Fu

Qiyuan (Lucy) FuLucy is an undergraduate in CAS studying in environmental science and international relations. She is also in the BA/MA program pursuing an MA in remote sensing and geospatial sciences. She is interested in sustainable design that promotes energy efficiency, and using data analytics to protect the environment and improve public health. She enjoys playing squash, spending time outdoors, and languages.

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


Luofei (Alissa) Yan

Luofei (Alissa) YanAlissa is an undergraduate studying environmental analysis and policy in CAS. She is interested in environmental sustainability and promoting the use of renewable energy. In her spare time, Alissa loves writing Chinese calligraphy, playing the Guzheng, and traveling. She also enjoys playing with Legos.

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

Savannah Wu

Savannah Wu

Savannah Wu is an undergraduate student in CAS studying architectural studies with a minor in sustainable energy. She is passionate about climate change resiliency and aims to pursue a Master’s of Architecture. She enjoys exploring cities, listening to jazz music, and practicing Shotokan Karate.

Savannah’s primary responsibilities at sustainability@BU include LEED and the Climate Action Plan.

Philip Horowitz

Philip Horowitz

Philip Horowitz is pursuing a masters in International Relations and Environmental Policy at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. He has interests in sustainable development, water & energy policy, and treaty-making. Outside of the office, Philip likes to explore Boston, SCUBA dive, and try new foods.

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

Dev Chatterjee

Dev Chatterjee

Dev Chatterjee is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is studying International Relations with a concentration in Environment and Development. He is interested in sustainable development and the politics surrounding sustainability issues. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and enjoys playing cricket, reading, and exploring new parts of Boston.

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

Alice Dalesandro

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Alice Dalesandro is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences studying economics and international relations with a concentration in environment and development. She is most interested in sustainable development in Africa and the Middle East. In her spare time, Alice enjoys traveling, going to the beach, volunteering, and admiring baby goats.

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

Brice Hounshel

Brice Hounshel

Brice Hounshel is an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in behavior and health. She hopes to further her education by attending occupational therapy graduate school with the intentions of working with people with traumatic brain injuries. After coordinating an environmentally focused Alternative Service Break trip to Roanoke, VA, a passion for sustainability and preserving our National Parks was awoken in her. Brice is a lover of animals, slam poetry, and hiking. You will either find her sipping a Spanish Latte at Pavement or at the Community Service Center.

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

Nicole Wheatman

Nicole Wheatman

Nicole Wheatman is an undergraduate student studying environmental analysis and Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship stemmed from her upbringing in Hawaii and a love for nature and the outdoors. She is also pursuing a minor in public relations and values communication and the influence public opinion can have on environmental change. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys going to the beach, hiking, traveling, eating, and spending time with her friends and family.

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

David Franco

David Franco

David Franco is a junior majoring in public relations from the College of Communication while minoring in environmental policy and analysis from the College of Arts and sciences. David has been passionate about the environment since he was a little kid when he did a science fair project on global warming and what it meant for the future. Being from a place as vulnerable as Miami, FL, David has a heightened sense of urgency for the environmental challenges ahead. On the side, David likes to play sports, hang out with friends and family, and go to hockey games. David hopes to use his degrees to work for renewable energy companies and help make people understand the importance of sustainability for the future of our planet.

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

Claire Whitney

Claire Whitney

Claire Whitney is in the College of Communication studying film and television with a minor in psychology. She found her love of hiking and skiing while growing up in a little ski town, Park City, Utah. While living in her hometown she developed a passion for helping the environment and preventing climate change after experiencing warmer temperatures and less snowfall throughout her childhood. Some things Claire enjoys are exploring Boston, watching movies, and napping.

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

Sydney Neugebauer

Sydney Neugebauer

Sydney Neugebauer is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences studying earth and environmental science and the College of Fine Arts studying bassoon performance. She is interested in pursuing studies in remote sensing to study changes in climate and ecosystems. At BU, she is Vice President of the BU Geological Society and performs with the BU orchestras and wind ensemble. In her free time, she enjoys wandering Boston and searching for the perfect bagel.

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

Brittany Foushee

Brittany Foushee

Brittany Foushee is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying neuroscience and is pursuing a minor in public health. She is passionate about sustainability because she enjoys doing her part in society to help the environment and create a better future. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing ukulele, and traveling. She hopes to one day use her background in public health and neuroscience to create more sustainable ways of conducting research and health practices.

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

Frances Gould

Frances GouldFrances is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in environmental analysis and policy. Her interests include environmental law, urban agriculture, and nuclear fusion power. Frances is also a leader of BU’s J Street U chapter, which is committed to ending the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through the advancement of a two-state solution. She enjoys playing her French horn, developing vegan recipes, and being a film aficionado.

Frances’ primary responsibilities with sustainability@BU are the Sustainability Annual Survey and research.

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.