The Office of Sustainability maintains a lean staff. Currently we have five regular staff/student positions totaling 4.4 FTE. Additionally, we employ approximately 20-30 students annually who do short-term, part-time field work in support of our co-curricular programs. Finally, we receive accounting and budgeting support from Campus Planning Design and Construction.
STEVE MITAL, DIRECTOR
Steve is the Office of Sustainability’s founding director and has been in the position since 2007. He works to reduce the university's environmental footprint and expand opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage sustainability issues. Steve played a major role designing the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development – a plan to certify all new buildings LEED gold and meet all new load growth through conservation and efficiency. He also lead initiatives to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program and a sustainability-themed freshmen residence hall. Prior to this position, Steve founded the UO Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) in 2001. The ELP trains students to consult with non-profits, businesses, and government agencies on mapping, monitoring, and environmental education projects. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from Prescott College and master’s degrees at the University of Oregon in Planning and Environmental Science in 2001.
ROBYN HATHCOCK, PROGRAM MANAGER
SARAH STOECKL, PROGRAM MANAGER
Sarah is an experienced program and project manager, having worked in non-profits, tech companies, and universities. She has a longstanding commitment to environmental concerns and issues, particularly those focused on the intersection of environmentalism with social justice and animal ethics, as well as on preserving natural spaces and reversing climate change. At UO she manages the office's academic and community outreach and engagement programming, including managing the Sustainability Fellows and SCORE programs, compiling the university's Sustainable Action Plan, managing and teaching for the Environmental Leaders ARC, and other varied existing or new projects and initiatives. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, she was a Senior Project Manager at the International Society for Technology in Education, focused on projects and programs that support the meaningful use of technology for learning. She was excited to return to the UO, having done her PhD work here in English Literature. Her research focused on how narratives after the First World War manifested trauma and grief, and her academic work has always been tied to her interest in representations of space and place and their effects on people.
Office Phone: 541-346-3489
BRIANA MEIER, SUSTAINABILITY AFFAIRS GRADUATE EMPLOYEE
Briana joined the Office of Sustainability in 2017. She is a doctoral student in the Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy program. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Briana worked for several years in the field of urban planning and design, with a focus on green infrastructure and sustainable building. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning, urban design, and real estate from Portland State University, as well as American Institute of Certified Planners accreditation.
Office Phone: 541-346-8158