The Office of Sustainability maintains a lean staff. Currently we have three regular staff positions totaling 3 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).
Steve Mital, Director
Bio: 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.
Sarah Stoeckl, Assistant Director
Office Phone: 541-346-3489
Bio: Sarah has over a decade of experience in program and project manager for 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 reversing climate change with a particular interest in the crises' emotional and psychological consequences. At UO Sustainability she manages the office's academic 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 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 but failed to resolve trauma and grief, with an overarching curiosity about the cultural and affective consequences of rupture, change, and traumatic events.
Cimmeron Gillespie, Data and Policy Analyst
Contact me 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.