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BU Sustainability Team

BU Sustainability, “It’s what we do.” We do it with a dedicated team of full-time staff and part-time student staff, including Interns, Sustainability Ambassadors, and Resident Sustainability Leaders. Through partnerships and collaborations across campus, we are able to have a meaningful impact. Our work is focused on achieving the goals set forth in the University’s Climate Action Plan.

Staff

Dennis Carlberg, Associate Vice President for University Sustainability

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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.

Dennis is responsible for:

  • Managing 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.
  • Working in close collaboration with all Operations departments and others to more fully integrate sustainability into the operational activities of the University.
  • Working 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, acting as the primary campus spokesperson on University sustainability and outward facing communications, especially as related to the Climate Action Plan.

Lisa Tornatore, Director

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.

Lisa is responsible for:

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


Erica Mattison, Assistant Director, Communications

Erica brings several years of experience in higher education sustainability, government, and environmental advocacy to her work as the first person to fill this role at BU.

After serving as a peer educator for the recycling program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and working in politics, Erica pursued a Masters in Public Administration at Suffolk University. Her advocacy as a student led to an opportunity to work as Suffolk’s first Recycling Coordinator and then Campus Sustainability Coordinator. Erica co-founded the Massachusetts Schools Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable to bring together peers and advance sustainability efforts.

After obtaining her Masters degree, she went on to pursue a Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School. Erica then served for four years as one of the state’s leading environmental protection lobbyists as the Legislative Director for the Environmental League of Massachusetts. She is passionate about building vibrant, healthy communities and is actively involved in efforts to promote sustainable transportation. She chairs the board MassBike, the statewide bicycling coalition. Erica is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

 

Stephen Ellis, Data Manager

Before 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.

 

Gabriela Boscio Santos, Engagement Manager

Gabriela is a sustainability and climate resilience professional with over ten years of experience in the climate change and nonprofit sectors. She is currently the Engagement Manager for Sustainability at Boston University, a team that focuses on implementing BU’s bold Climate Action Plan.

Before that, she served as the Climate Program Manager at NOAH (the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing) in East Boston, where she led processes for inclusive community-based climate resilience planning. From 2013-2017 she was part of Second Nature, a nonprofit that catalyzes and supports climate action in higher education. During her time there, she fulfilled many roles, including program and communications management.

She obtained her M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden and her B.Sc. in Environmental Studies at Northland College in Wisconsin. Growing up in Puerto Rico shaped her relationship to the natural world and her approach to sustainability work, which is driven by the desire for a just transition. Her interests include climate action, resilience, sustainability, as well as social, environmental, and food justice.


Kaity Robbins, Zero Waste Manager

Before joining Boston University, Kaity was an Account Manager at Rubicon Global, where she worked hand in hand with clients and haulers nationwide to implement customized, efficient and cost-effective waste and recycling programs to achieve client sustainability goals. Prior to that, Kaity worked at Two Owls Sustainability Consultants coordinating and executing waste audits and large scale recycling and diversion initiatives. She graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Environmental Studies and a double minor in Social Innovation and Business Management. She is passionate about sustainable materials management, creating positive change through networking and education, and improving the relationship between humans and the environment. Kaity enjoys hiking, boating, reading, photography, and traveling.


Lexie Raczka, Sustainability Director for Dining Services

Lexie photoLexie Raczka has been working in food system sustainability since 2011, including involvement in higher education, agriculture, policy, and the nonprofit sector. Before joining Boston University Dining Services, Lexie served as the Local Food Program Manager for the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, where she was engaged in programming, event planning, policy work, and outreach to support and grow New England’s local food system and sustainable local economies.

Lexie has an M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Dickinson College. When she’s not at BU, Lexie enjoys biking, cooking, living a low-waste lifestyle, and making and enjoying art.

Interns

BU Sustainability 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 BU Sustainability 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 BU Sustainability.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.

Neha Chinwalla (CAS ’22)

Neha is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences, with minors in Political Science and Marine Science. After serving as a Resident Sustainability Leader in Warren Towers, she hopes to continue to encourage her peers to incorporate sustainability into their lives. Neha’s main academic interest lies in the intersection between science and policy. She is also a member of the BU Running Club and the Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs for BU Student Government.

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Anthony Consigli (SAR ’23)

Anthony is an undergraduate student in the Kilachand Honors College and Sargent College, majoring in Health Science and minoring in Environmental Analysis and Policy. He hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Healthcare Management or Environmental Health and eventually integrate sustainability into the healthcare system. Originally from Medway, Massachusetts, Anthony enjoys movies, music, reading, and community service. You can find him around campus running along the Charles River Esplanade, practicing guitar in CFA, or cheering on the hockey team at Agganis Arena.

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Hessann Farooqi (CAS ’22)

Hessann is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Economics on the Pre-Law track. He is interested in using economics and the political system to expand renewable energy and transportation access. Hessann is originally from Colorado, where he plans to return after attending law school and serving in the Peace Corps. Outside of BU Sustainability, Hessann serves as a Senator in the BU Student Government, and as a member of four University committees: the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, the Student Technology Advisory Council, the CAS Undergraduate Academic Program Office Student Advisory Board, and the BU Votes Planning Committee. He has also volunteered on a US Presidential campaign. Hessann is a fan of rock climbing, hiking, iced coffee, and movies. You can catch him at FitRec or around campus listening to podcasts about politics or the Star Wars movies.

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Olivia Henning (CAS ’22)

Olivia is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Analysis and Policy. She has always had a passion for sustainability and the environment growing up just outside of Seattle, WA. Olivia served as a Sustainability Ambassador for summer orientation and assisted in running the Sustainability Help Desk during the school year. Olivia currently serves as a data intern. Olivia loves spending time outside in her free time, whether it be hiking, going for a jog, or taking her pet corgi on a long walk.

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Inhye (Cellina) Kim (CAS ’22)

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Cellina is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Economics with a minor in Statistics. She plans on pursuing Masters in quantitative methods in social science in the hope of becoming a data analyst solving social and economic problems. Assessment of environmental policies through the lens of economics with the goal of bringing sustainable economic and social gains is her primary interest. Outside of BU Sustainability, Cellina is a brother in the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, peer mentor at the Mathematics department, Research Assistant for Boston Medical Center, and a college mentor at the nonprofit organization MEDIAGIRLS. Originally from Korea and now living in Texas, Cellina enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and going to concerts. 

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Michelle Nam (ENG ’21)

Michelle is an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering double majoring in Biomedical and Computer Engineering. Michelle is interested in contributing to the spread and adoption of sustainable practices so that we can all work together to improve the state of our environment. Michelle is from Colorado and enjoys exploring landscapes or cities to see the wonders made by the earth and humans.

 

 

Morgan Moscinski (CFA ’21)

Morgan is an undergraduate student in the College of Fine Arts studying Graphic Design. She is interested in the role of design in storytelling and is exploring how visuals can reach an audience to educate and promote mindful actions when it comes to climate change and sustainability. Originally from Albany, New York, Morgan enjoys cooking, music, traveling, kayaking and plays Intramural volleyball each semester.

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Ryan Pagois (CAS 21)

Ryan is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy. He is interested in the role of international institutions in climate action and studies the relationship between state interests and national climate policy. He is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and enjoys hiking, traveling, movies, music and hammocks. He hopes to someday work in climate policy negotiation or international governance. 

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Lucia Vilallonga (CAS 22)

Lucía is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Mathematics and Computer Science, with aspirations of conducting research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is interested in applying data analytics to social problems to influence educational and public policy efforts around sustainability. Lucía has been designing an app to make recycling and reusing plastic objects more efficient. She also works as a high school math and languages tutor, and is passionate about education. Lucía represents BU on the Cycling Team at ECCC, and can also be found sampling cafés, watercolor painting, and coding. Catch her at FitRec, Landry’s Bicycles, Pavement Coffee, or on the streets of Boston for a chat about anything from math to bikes to recycling!

Madeline Scully (CAS 22)

Maddy is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying International Relations with a focus in Latin American studies and environmental development. She has always had a passion for the outdoors which has led her to studying sustainability. Maddy is excited to be working with the BU community in the process of creating a greener campus and future. Maddy is originally from San Francisco and loves to hike, travel, and scuba dive.

 

 

Ambassadors

Meet the Sustainability Ambassadors