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Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference


2014 Speaker Line-Up

Keynote Speakers

Anthony D. Cortese, Sc.D. | Senior Fellow, Second Nature  

Anthony Cortese

He also organized the effort that resulted in the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990 now signed by over 350 presidents and chancellors in over 50 countries. Cortese is a trustee of Tufts University and Green Mountain College and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has been a consultant to UNEP, a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow for Higher Education. He has been actively engaged in climate change and other large system sustainability challenges for 30 years.

Cortese is a frequent presenter to a wide variety of professional audiences. His writing can be found in a wide spectrum of publications. His essays on Education for Sustainability serve as foundational reading for transforming the process and content of higher education.

Cortese has B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Allegheny College and the University of Maine Presque Isle. Cortese lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Donna DiGioia.

This work was supported by the University of Arizona TRIF-funded Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions initiative co-managed by the Water Sustainability Program, Institute of the Environment, and Renewable Energy Network.

Bruno Sarda | Director of Global Sustainability Operations, Dell  

Bruno Sarda


Yalmaz Siddiqui | Director of Environmental Strategy, Office Depot  

Yalmaz Siddiqui

Conference Emcee

Jim Van Arsdel | Senior Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, University of Arizona  

Jim Van Arsdel

Featured Speakers

JoEllen Alberhasky | Program Coordinator, Arizona State University  

JoEllen Alberhasky


Mark Apel | Community Resource Development Area Agent, University of Arizona  

Mark Apel

Scott Appleby | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA  

Scott Appleby


Zade Arnold | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College

Zade Arnold


Sandy Bahr | Executive Director, Sierra Club of Arizona  

Sandy Bahr


Lauren Berutich | Program Coordinator, Campus and Community Based Action Research Teams, Northern Arizona University  

Lauren Berutich

Alisa Beyer, Ph.D. | Senior Lecturer-Psychology, Northern Arizona University  

Alisa Beyer

Paul Blowers, Ph.D. | University Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona  

Paul Blowers




Nick Brown | Director of University Sustainability Practices & Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University  

Nick Brown

Katja Brundiers | Community-University Liaison-School of Sustainability, Arizona State University  

Katja Brundiers

Wendy Burk | Poetry Center Librarian, University of Arizona Poetry Center  

Wendy Burk

Noël Cox Caniglia | Graduate Education Program Chair, Prescott College  

Noel Cox Caniglia

Edgar Cardenas | Ph.D. Candidate, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University  

Edgar Cardenas





Andrew Comrie, Ph.D. | Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Arizona  

Andrew Comrie

Carl Couch, M.Ed. | Vice President, Administrative Services, Scottsdale Community College  

Carl Couch

Prior to joining Maricopa, he was a Financial Audit Manager with the Arizona Auditor General's Office. He has a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and B.S in Accounting from Arizona State University. In what turned out to be proof of career serendipity, he also holds an Associate of Arts from Scottsdale Community College; proud member of the class of 1976. Go Artichokes!!

Cori Cusker | Sustainability Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life, Northern Arizona University  

Cori Cusker

She currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for American College Student Educators International's (ACPA) and has presented at various national and regional conferences including Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), American College Student Educators International (ACPA), and the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO). She was the 2011 recipient of ACPA's Commission for Housing and Residential Life's Excellence in Sustainability — Individual Award, received the Northern Arizona University's 2012 Sustainability Student Leadership Award, and is a 2011-2012 Hooper Sustainability Research Grant Award recipient.

Mick Dalrymple | Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability Practice Lead, Sustainability Solutions Services, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Arizona State University  

Mick Dalrymple

Alex Downs | Biosystems Engineering Student, Biodiesel Pilot Plant Laboratory Director, University of Arizona  

Alex Downs

Leah Edwards | NASA Space Grant Intern, Office of Sustainability, University of Arizona  

Leah Edwards

Mayleen Farrington | Master's candidate in Sustainable Communities & Research Coordinator, Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Project, Northern Arizona University   

Mayleen Farrington


Rebecca Folk | School of Sustainability Residential Community, Student Engagement, & Event Coordinator, Arizona State University  

Rebecca Folk

In her role as the School of Sustainability Residential Community Coordinator, Rebecca's primary duties include implementing and overseeing academic, social, and sustainability education programs that have diverse learning outcomes and emphasize environmental, social, and economic issues promoting student engagement and retention. She also serves as a staff advisor of several sustainability student groups including Campus Student Sustainability Initiatives, the School of Sustainability College Council, and serves as staff chair for the alpha chapter of the Honor Society for Sustainability. She received the 2011 School of Sustainability Excellence in Service Award and the 2011 Honor Society for Sustainability Staff Member of the Year Award. Rebecca is a member of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and North American Association of Commencement Officers, Inc. (NAACO).


Jesse Gonzalez | Green Fund Committee Chair, Accelerated Masters Student in Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona  

Jesse Gonzalez


Brent Hancock, CSP | Chemical Waste & 3R Operations Manager, Raytheon  

Brent Hancock



Corey Hawkey | Zero Waste Manager, Arizona State University  

Corey Hawkey

Laura Huenneke, Ph.D. | Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs, Northern Arizona University  

Laura Huenneke

Maya L. Kapoor | Graduate Assistant, Communications, University of Arizona  

Maya L. Kapoor




Megan Kimble | Managing Editor, Edible Baja Arizona  

Megan Kimble


Maureen King, Ed.D. | Educational, Manager, Materials Management, Arizona State University  

Ryan Kirane | Director of Supply Chain Management and Sustainability Officer, Mayo Clinic Arizona  

Ryan Kirane




Jake Knight | M.S. Candidate, Deptartment of Hydrology & Water Resources, University of Arizona  

Jake Knight


Nick Koressel | Sustainability Program Coordinator, Green NAU Energy Initiative in Facility Services, Northern Arizona University  

Nick Koressel

Marcus Lee | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College

Marcus Lee

Melanie Lenart, Ph.D. | Soil, Water and Environmental Science Professor, University of Arizona  

Melanie Lenart

Malinali Lopez | Recycling Research Project Assistant, University of Arizona  

Malinali Lopez


Narciso Macia, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology & Innovation, Arizona State University  

Narciso Macia

He is married to Donna, and they have five children. He enjoys swimming, racquetball, hiking, and horseback riding. He is also involved in his local church by contributing to the process of building small-group communities within the larger church hierarchy.

Eric Magrane | Carson Scholar & Research Assistant, University of Arizona Institute of the Environment; Ph.D. Student, University of Arizona School of Geography & Development  

Eric Magrane

Caryn Massey | Green Fund Committee Chair, Undergraduate Student, School of Communication and College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University  

Caryn Massey




Crystal McKenna M.A. | Professor of Biology, Central Arizona College | Ph.D. Student, Prescott College  

Crystal McKenna



Carolyn Miller | Instructional Designer, Paradise Valley Community College  

Carolyn Miller

Jesse Minor | Office of Sustainability Interim Manager, University of Arizona  

Jesse Minor

Denise Mitten, Ph.D. | Graduate Chair of Adventure Education, Prescott College  

Denise Mitten

Teresa Lynn Newberry, Ph.D. | Lead Science Faculty, Tohono O'odham Community College

Teresa Lynn Newberry

Susan Norton | Program Coordinator, University Sustainability Practices, ASU Poly Campus  

Susan Norton

Jay Ofori-Diallo | Credit Analyst Bank of Tucson & Head of Pan-African Education  

Jay Ofori

Clifford Pablo | Extension Agent, Tohono O'odham Community College

Clifford Pablo

Roderic A. Parnell, PhD | Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability and Coordinator of Academic Sustainability Programs, Northern Arizona University  

Scott Perelstein

Scott Perelstein | Chair Environmental Caucus and Associate Director of Facilities for Residence Life, Northern Arizona University  

Roderic A. Parnell, PhD


Austin Pudwill | Student, University of Arizona  

Austin Pudwill





Jill Ramirez | Coordinator of Sustainability Education in Residence Life, University of Arizona  

Jill Ramirez

She has presented about sustainability and social justice issues nationally at multiple Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conferences and at the ACUHO-I annual convention. She was recognized with a UA National Residence Hall Honorary "Outstanding Leadership Service Award" and was named the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) "2013 Champion of Sustainability."

Elizabeth Raso | Assistant Director Facility Operations Residence Life, University of Arizona  

Elizabeth Raso

Anne Reichman | Program Manager, Sustainable Cities Network   

Anne Reichman

For almost two decades, she worked in the fields of recycling, solid waste and household hazardous waste management, and environmental education. She is also a contributing author to the "Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste" which provides solid waste professionals and municipal officials with a comprehensive look at the state of household hazardous waste management.

Rhonda Rhudy M.A. | K-12 Educator, Tucson Unified School District | Ph.D Student, Prescott College  

Rhonda Rhudy

John Riley, C.P.M. | Associate Vice President, University Business Services, Arizona State University  

John Riley

Darien Ripple, Ph.D. | Experiential Learning Program Manager, University of Baltimore  

Darien Ripple

Valerie Rountree | Graduate Student, University of Arizona  

Valerie Rountree



Linda C. Samuels | Director, Sustainable City Project, University of Arizona  

Linda C. Samuels


Erin Smith | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA  

Erin Smith


Catherine Sullivan | Sustainability Specialist, Northern Arizona University Campus Dining/Sodexo  

Catherine Sullivan

As part of the launch, Catherine developed the menus — emphasizing the use of healthy, fresh ingredients including seasonal, local, organic and gluten-free options. One unique aspect of the café is the attention to each menu item's impact on the environment illustrated through a "carbon foodprint". Through a simplified version of Life-Cycle Analysis, Catherine developed this measurement tool which educates consumers on the carbon impact of their daily food choices. She also coordinates the NAU Composting Program with Campus Services and Facilities. On both a large and small scale, food makes an impact within our daily lives, environment and community and that impact can show itself in a range of forms, from greenhouse gas emissions, fighting hunger or knowing where and who grows your food. Food allows us to celebrate and share our cultures and traditions. Making those connections between people through food is what makes this position at NAU dynamic and extremely rewarding.

Chelsi Tryon | MSUS Student, School of Sustainability and Teacher's Assistant of Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University  

Chelsi Tryon


James Vander Hooven, Ed.D. | President, Tohono O'odham Community College

Jim Vander Hooven

Robert W. Vandling, MSIM, CDSM, CEM | Technology Support Analyst Coordinator, Arizona State University  

Robert W. Vandling

He also oversees the maintenance and support of all of ASU's Fire and Life Safety Systems on the Tempe campus. Robert is also one of the key team members of ASU's solar program in which ASU has over 23.5MWs (DC) of photovoltaic power currently online spread throughout its various campus environments.

Lisa VanWagenen | Compost Technician with Compost Cats, University of Arizona ASUA  

Lisa VanWagenen


Ellen Vaughan | Manager, Office of Sustainability, Northern Arizona University  

Ellen Vaughan


David Ward | Community Director-Senior in Residence Life, University of Arizona  

David Ward

Calvert Wichapa | Student, Tohono O'odham Community College

Calvert Wichapa



Thomas Williams | Coordinator of Sustainability Programs of Office of the President, Scottsdale Community College  

Thomas Williams


Shayla Woodhouse | Student, Northern Arizona University  

Shayla Woodhouse


Ben Wu | Student, University of Arizona  

Ben Wu







Lisa Young, Ph.D. | Instructional Design/Educational Technology Faculty, Scottsdale Community College  

Lisa Young

Judge Jennifer G. Zipps | United States District Judge

Judge Jennifer G. Zipps