People

There are a variety of people who work on sustainability issues at San Diego State University. The people below are faculty and staff responsible for sustainability in some capacity, along with Sustainable SDSU interns. There are many others who impact the campus in their own way.

Tom Abram

Tom Abram is the Assistant Director of Facilities Services where he is responsible for campus sustainability and energy management. At SDSU, Tom focuses on strategic planning in order to develop and advance sustainability initiatives. Tom's previous experience includes mechanical design for deep green and net zero buildings at Integral Group as well as Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Illinois where he co-authored their Climate Action Plan. Tom holds a Masters in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a professional engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Energy Manager.

 Phone: (619) 594-0550 | Email: [email protected]

GlenBAs a San Diego State University Alumni, Glen Brandenburg continues his passion for sustainable practices as Director of Facilities and Sustainability, Adviser to A.S. Sustainability/Green Love Commission, and has dedicated his time to the Climate Action Planning Council on campus. Glen has also revamped Mission Bay Aquatic Center's sustainability practices as well as ensured that many of SDSU's building are LEED Certified.

Email: [email protected] 

M.LauerDr. Matthew Lauer is a beloved professor of SDSU’s Department of Anthropology where he serves as Director of SDSU’s Sustainability Major/Minor Program as well as Director of the Environmental Anthropology Lab. Apart from his teaching duties, Dr. Lauer is heavily involved in researching population, environmental change, disasters, and conservation issues in Latin America and Oceania. Some of his most well-known research includes studying coral reef conservation on the island of Mo'orea and in the Solomon Islands. Dr. Lauer has also authored several papers about the resilience and vulnerability of coastal communities to climate change, natural disasters, and community-based resource management and development.

Office: AL-417| Phone: (619) 594-0978 | Email: [email protected]

jbalrowAside from her professional duties as a professor of SDSU’s School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Dr. Jessica Barlow is also SDSU’s director of the Center for Regional Sustainability, which houses the Sage Project, Bright Side Produce San Diego, and the Sage Club. Dr. Barlow has dedicated herself to improving SDSU’s sustainability efforts by joining the Climate Action Planning Council as well as serving on the Senate Sustainability Committee. Dr. Barlow also serves on the executive committee for the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network, which focuses on bringing change to local communities through large-scale campus-community partnerships across the country and internationally.

Office: SLHS 230 | Phone: (619) 594-0243| Email: [email protected]

pmelchoirAs the current Director of SDSU Dining, Paul Melchior is determined to provide healthy, sustainable, and natural foods here at SDSU. Paul serves on SDSU’s Senate Sustainability Committee and was a member of NACUFS national team, which wrote a sustainability guide for campus dining at universities across the U.S. Paul works directly with student groups and student environmental organizations in order to improve the sustainability of SDSU Dining. Most notably, Paul and SDSU Dining have eliminated the use of styrofoam on campus, made the switch to cage free eggs, and have certified all dining facilities under the Green Restaurant Association.

Office: Education Building, Room 112 | Phone: (619) 594-7640 | Email: [email protected]

  angelaAngela Holtze joined the Aztec family in 2017 as a Project Specialist for the Office of Housing Administration. With her degree from U.C. Santa Barbara and a certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership from the University of Vermont, Angela has used her skills and knowledge of sustainability to co-chair the Housing Sustainability Committee. Angela is excited to connect with sustainability minded people and groups both on campus and across San Diego County. Angela enjoys having conversations and sharing ideas on how to develop sustainability to become a natural part of everyday life and always looks forward to Green Love’s monthly Green Lunch Bag Series.

Office: Office of Housing Administration | Phone: (619) 594-5742 | Email: [email protected]

travisfreemanTravis ( '18 ) is majoring in the Sustainability Program here at SDSU. He is an active member of Green Love Commission as well as the Co- President of The Enviro-Business Society (e3). As a sustainability intern, Travis collects data on SDSU's sustainable practices and submits this data to AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).  

 nickposerNick Poser ( '19 ) is an Environmental Geology Major at SDSU. Nick is involved in Phi Kappa Psi as well as the Green Love Commission and AGS. As a sustainability intern, Nick is responsible for campus energy billing and assists with energy analysis for SDSU by collecting data from electric, gas, water, and steam consumption meters across campus. Nick also assists with analyzing data for major energy projects on campus.  

hailymorejonHaily Morejon ( ‘18 ) is majoring in Business Management and Entrepreneurism as well as minoring in Sustainability. Haily is an active member of the Green Love Commission and last year served as the student representative for SDSU’s Environmental and Safety Commission. As a sustainability intern, Haily is responsible for updating the Sustainable SDSU website, managing the Sustainable SDSU social media accounts, and is coordinating SDSU’s involvement in RecycleMania 2018.

cassiewCassie Weinberg ( ‘21 ) is a double major at SDSU in both Sustainability and Business Administration. Cassie is an active member of the Green Love Commission, where she serves as the communications liaison for the Sustainable Transportation Committee. She is also involved in the Environmental Business Society ( e3) where she is Chair of the Zero Waste Committee. As a sustainability intern, Cassie assists with zero waste and is creating a Green Office Certification Plan for SDSU.