The Office of Sustainability maintains a lean staff. Currently we have five regular staff positions totaling 5 FTE. Additionally, we employ approximately 30 students annually who do short-term and/or part-time field work in support of our co-curricular programs. Finally, we receive accounting and budgeting support from Finance and Administration Shared Services (FASS).
Cimmeron Gillespie, Data and Policy Analyst
Contact Cimmeron about: Greenhouse gas reporting; Materials Tracking reporting (material solid waste); Sustainability Dashboard data and maintenance; LEED education programming (tours and online information); Green Office Certification; UO Surplus program; orientation or peer-to-peer education meet-ups; Bike Friendly University; and Zero Waste education and outreach, including signage, tours, class presentations, and residence hall waste reduction presentations.
Office Phone: 541-346-1577
Fun Fact: I regularly bike commute to work!
Bio: Cimmeron joined the Office of Sustainability in 2019. He handles data analysis and reporting for the office, as well as education and outreach and social media coordination. He is also a master's student in the PPPM program.
Ryan Haag, Energy Program Technician
Contact Ryan about: Building/Campus/Central Plant Utility cost/consumption data; Monthly Building Utility Reports; Utility billing statements; Building utility metering; Energy performance monitoring, verification and analysis; Building HVAC system performance diagnostics and analysis; Energy Dashboards.
Fun Facts: Ryan is writing his first novel and enjoys doing some art in his spare time.
Bio: Ryan has worked in the Energy Management Program since 2019 after earning an associate degree in Energy Management from Lane Community College. He has been engaged with climate issues since 2010 which led him to his current focus on energy management and efficiency. He enjoys optimizing building energy systems and finding opportunities to further reduce campus consumption of resources. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in art from St. Olaf College and was a Project Coordinator for an arts foundation for years.
Katie Lucca, Sustainability Program Coordinator
Contact Katie about: UO's Green Office program; Green Labs program; Home Energy SCORE program; Office of Sustainability monthly newsletter; sustainability education and best practices; intersectional environmentalism; strategic partnerships and collaboration
Fun Facts: Enjoys reading autobiographies and hiking anywhere and everywhere.
Bio: Katie joins the Office of Sustainability from the management consulting industry, where she leveraged her master's in adult education to manage instructional design projects for government clients on topics such as environmental, safety, and health compliance, disaster management and preparedness, equitable procurement, and violence prevention. She is currently pursuing her MBA in sustainable business practices at UO and is passionate about using business to drive positive change for people and planet.
Steve Mital, Director
Contact Steve about: UO’s Climate Action Plan, Sustainability Dashboard, new initiatives, research project ideas, troubleshooting, and media requests.
Bio: Steve Mital is the founding director of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Office. He was part of the three-person team that developed the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, a landmark campus energy policy that required all new buildings to harvest 100% of their energy needs from existing building stock. He also led the initiative to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program that launched in 2011. Prior to this position, Steve was an instructor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon, where he also studied. While there, he founded and directed the Environmental Leadership Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Steve spent eight years as one of five Commissioners elected to govern the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He is currently on the Lane Community College’s Board of Trustees.
Sarah Stoeckl, Assistant Director
Office Phone: 541-346-3489
Bio: Sarah manages the office's academic, co-curricular, and community outreach and engagement programming. 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 earned her PhD in Literature from UO and her research focused on how narratives after the First World War manifested, but failed to resolve, the conflict's trauma and grief. She has since extended that overarching curiosity about the cultural and affective consequences of rupture, change, and traumatic events to the climate crisis.
Boz Van Houten, Energy Manager
Office Phone: 541-346-2223
Bio: Boz has been UO’s Energy Manager since 2018 when he was hired to provide oversight development and operation of the enterprise CPFM Energy Management Program and is responsible for demand side utility use benchmarking, energy audits, analysis, reports, modeling, and support for the energy analysis needs of campus partners. He also has a leading technical role in execution of energy action plans and is responsible for the design, development and effective implementation of the Energy Management Program and Energy Management Information System.
After earning an associate degree in Energy Management from Lane Community College in 2000, Boz worked with a leading energy consulting firm with a focus on campus, healthcare and institutional energy analysis and energy efficient design. Boz became Energy Manager for OHSU in 2015 after playing a leading role in several energy studies for OHSU. While at OHSU, he developed a method of organization of essential interrelated elements of enterprise energy management. He also headed a Utility and Energy Department team that successfully implemented a Utility Data Warehouse and Energy Management Information System.
Boz’s interest in energy efficiency and resource conservation stems from a lifelong appreciation for the inherent beauty and value of healthy natural environments and ecosystems as well as our ultimate dependence on them.