Staff

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.
Email: smital@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-0709

 

ROBYN HATHCOCK, PROGRAM MANAGER

Robyn joined the Office of Sustainability in 2019 as a long-time collegiate recycling and zero waste professional.  Prior to joining the Office, she worked at the UO Zero Waste Program first as a student, then a coordinator and manager.  In those capacities, she worked on local, state and national levels, including chairing the board of the College and University Recycling Coalition.    She holds her BA from the UO's Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.   At the Office of Sustainability, she manages educational and outreach programs, including the Sustainability Ambassadors Program, RecycleMania, assists in campus move-ins and move-outs, and other special events.   Through her time at the UO, she has worked with students and staff from many areas and functions of campus and values each person's impact on their community and the planet.
Phone: 541-346-0929

 

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.
Email: sstoeckl@uoregon.edu
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.
Email: esustain@uoregon.edu
Office Phone: 541-346-8158