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.
Fall 2021 Interns
As 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.
Dr. Arielle Levine is a professor in the Geography department at SDSU and the Director of the Sustainability Major/Minor Program. Dr. Levine’s teaching and research focus on the interactions between people and their environment, with an emphasis on how management policies and practices influence environmental outcomes and sustainability, particularly in coastal and marine environments. Her recent research and publications explore community participation in natural resource management, the impacts of climate change and other stressors on fisheries and marine resources, and understanding social drivers and outcomes relating to environmental change.
Aside 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.
As 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.
Angela 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.
Tyler Rogers currently serves on the University Senate Committee on Sustainability. His work in the library supports SDSU’s sustainability efforts by providing the highest-quality library and information resources. By providing access to cutting-edge research, the library can support the campus in its sustainability-related goals. He first got into sustainability when he took a high school band trip to New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2003. The event brought to light so many challenges facing the world not only in terms of the environment but also in terms of economic and social justice. He notes that the COVID pandemic has brought our global interconnectedness to light and has shown that science can be harnessed for a safer tomorrow. Tyler's advice for starting a sustainable lifestyle is to volunteer with any local non-profit organization at a beach clean-up event. Ride your bike, walk, take public transit. Support your local library. Don’t be lazy. Be excellent to yourself and others.
Associate Professor of Marketing at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business/ University Senate Sustainability member[email protected]
Major/Year: 4th Year International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) Major with a Specialization in Environment and Security and a Minor in French.
Position: "I am an Association of Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating System (STARS) student intern with the Office of Sustainability. I am responsible for submitting our campus-wide STARS reports which requires me to collect vast amounts of data relating to sustainability across many departments. Some sustainability topics that are encompassed into STARS are curriculum, research, event-planning, building energy, social diversity, financial investment, and human resources."
Sustainability Origin Story: "My sustainability origin story began in my junior year of high school. I was conducting an experiment on the effects of detergent on freshwater plants, and as I was looking into solutions to combat this problem. I dived into the complexities of human actions on the environment. I recently became so interested in history the year before, so diving into this was completely memorizing and euphoric. I am so fascinated at how much change humans can make both good and bad, and the interconnectivity that the definition entails. I think that the concept sustainability is vital towards combating present days historical problems."
Major/Year: 4th year Environmental Science Major.
Position: "As the energy intern, my main focus is entering our different bills into a program called SkySpark. We can use the program to analyze different usages across the campus, including energy, water, and sewage. My responsibilities are making sure all of the data is entered accurately, attending meetings with team members, and coming up with ideas to improve efficiency. A cool aspect about this position is getting to analyze how we have changed over time. We can compare different years of energy usage which can tell us if we are being more efficient over time, a super helpful way to see if our solutions for energy conservation have been effective!"
Sustainability Origin Story: "My sustainability origin story began when I was little, as my family always took me camping in Rocky Mountain National Park and I fell in love with the outdoors. I also attended Sea Camp here in San Diego which sparked my interest in marine biology. Since then, I decided I wanted to protect all of my favorite places by focusing my career on sustainability. As an environmental science major, I've learned so much about how we can create a greener world. I had such a great experience growing up surrounded by nature and I want to make sure we can sustain our beautiful scenery so other kids can have that experience as well. I hope to continue to promote a sustainable lifestyle and to conduct research to further explore more ways we can reduce the effects of climate change."
Major/Year: 2nd year Sustainability Major, Interdisciplinary Studies Honors Minor
Position: "As the outreach intern, I spread the word about the work our office is doing and highlight all of the sustainability efforts being done by SDSU organizations, students, faculty, and staff. My responsibilities include updating the Sustainable SDSU website, creating the monthly newsletters, organizing outreach events, and running our social media platforms. I work to inspire people to be more sustainable and to get involved with sustainability on campus. There are so many different ways to care for the Earth and its inhabitants that I truly believe sustainability has something for everyone."
Sustainability Origin Story: "I grew up close to the ocean and was always concerned by the trash that accumulated there. In middle school, I did my Girl Scout Silver Award on ocean pollution. It wasn't until my junior year of high school when I took a marine biology class that I really dove into sustainability. I started reducing my waste to live a low waste lifestyle, something that is still a huge passion of mine, and started reducing my environmental footprint in other ways."
Major/Year: 3rd year Environmental Engineering Major
Position: "As the Zero Waste intern, I am responsible for inputting data about the amount of waste produced on campus at different locations into a system called SkySpark. In this system, we are able to look at the amount of waste produced (both landfill and recycling), the cost and what percentage it accounted for on campus."
Sustainability Origin Story: "I became interested in sustainability when I took an environmental engineering class (ENV E 320). It was something I was always interested in, but ENV E 320 helped me to realize that sustainability is so critical and there are so many things that we do in our everyday lives that we don't even realize are harming the planet. After taking this class, I knew that sustainability, and more specifically environmental engineering, was a career I wanted to pursue because it was something I became very passionate about.
Major/Year: 4th year Multimedia Major
Position: "As an energy analyst, I am now entering data into a library of information so that in the future we can more accurately track energy and water consumption on campus and find ways to reduce waste. While being a tedious job it is very important as time and data will hopefully reveal hidden costs and wastes that we would not be able to tell immediately."
Sustainability Origin Story: "The origin of my sustainability is that I used to be like most people, very unaware of my actions. I was in a sustainability class in Jr. college and I volunteered at an art/music/camping/festival called Youtopia as trash patrol and information person. That experience really made me aware of how much humans do impact the world, not just with waste and litter but also how we can influence people through our actions. While picking up litter I was thanked so many times by people and offered snacks and drinks and conversations, people would even join along and help. My sustainability origin comes from taking a class to get educated and then going to an event where you meet like minded people. From there you never know who you might meet and what opportunities you may find."