Office of Sustainability Staff
Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor
Director of Sustainability
Office (337) 482-0053
As the University's first Director of Sustainability, Gretchen works closely with the Office of the President and the President's Council on Sustainability to identify and prioritize areas for campus-wide sustainability efforts, plan and develop strategies to reduce energy and material consumption, and engage university leaders to improve sustainability broadly across campus units. She also serves as the campus spokesperson on sustainability issues. Gretchen earned a bachelor’s degree in management with a double major in marketing from McNeese State University in 2006. She also earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in architecture from UL Lafayette in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Gretchen returned to UL Lafayette in January 2014 after working in the local architecture industry.
Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern
Alyssa develops material for the Office's webpage, creates Cajuns Geaux Green monthly newsletter, performs benchmark research, and organizes special projects. She earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is currently working towards attaining her master's degree in architecture.
Office of Sustainability Student Assistant
Victoria is working towards attaining her bachelor's degree in nursing. Victoria promotes the Office through social media. She manages the Office's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts. In addition, she helps organize special outreach projects and events and helps manage the Office's day-to-day operations.
Office of Sustainability Student Assistant and Geaux Vélo Bike Manager
Ivy is working towards attaining his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. As the Geaux Vélo Bike Manager, Ivy is in charge of Geaux Vélo bike maintenance and trip records. In addition, he helps manage day-to-day operations including Geaux R.E.D. and E-Cycle recycling programs on campus. He also performs benchmark research and assists in special projects.
President's Council on Sustainability
The President's Council on Sustainability is a campus-wide advisory body that helps guide the university's efforts to integrate environmental sustainability into campus life, including operations, educational programs, research, and community outreach by facilitating awareness of sustainability issues and the promotion of individual responsibility for reducing the University’s impact on the environment.
Chair: Whitney Broussard, Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering (ICEE)
Griff Blakewood, SPEAK Advisor/ Renewable Resources
Cherie Soileau, Transportation Services
Aimee Bullinger, Communications and Marketing
Lisa Broussard, Nursing
Bill Crist, Facilities Management
Julie Falgout, UL Foundation
Gene Fields, Information Technology
Keith Foreman, Sodexo Dining Services
Geoff Gjertson, BeauSoleil Advisor/Architecture
Jacques Henry, Sociology/Anthropology
Mike Hess, Facilities Management (Grounds)
Jordan Jenkins, SPEAK Student Member
Terry Jenkins, Facilities Management (Environmental Systems)
Lisa Landry, Housing
Liz Landry, President’s Office
Andy Loewy, Architecture
Benjamin Magallon, Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern
Michael McClure, Architecture
Beatrice Michot, Civil Engineering
Thomas Michot, Civil Engineering
Amy Milanovich, Career Services
Brooke Plaisance, Student Government Association Representative
Sara Ritchey, History/Geography
Tom Sammons, Campus Planning Committee/Architecture
Karl Volkmar, Visual Arts
David Yarbrough, Community Service
Sammi Zapata, University College