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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.


Blair Begnaud, LEED AP BD + C
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office (337) 482-0054
As the Assistant Director of Sustainability Blair supports the Director of Sustainability in communicating the goals and objectives of the Sustainability Strategic Plan. Blair is focused in reducing the campus's energy and water use, improving the local water and air quality, improving health and wellness, and reducing emissions on campus. Blair also is involed with engagement of our campus and community with events/organizations/programs like Fete de la Terre, Arbor Day, Bee Campus Committee, RC Sustainability Leaders, and various types of Green Programs. She previously was the office’s Graduate Research Assistant from 2017-2019 while getting her Masters of Architecture at UL Lafayette. Blair returned to UL Lafayette in November 2021 after working as an architectural designer/sustainability coordinator at an architecture firm in Fayetteville AR.


Jonathan R Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office (337) 482-0054
Jonathan started as the Sustainability Coordinator in April 2022. His role requires him to engage with student groups and campus departments to provide sustainability education and initiatives, manage hazardous waste collection and disposal, coordinate plastic bag and film recycling and the campus Zero Waste campaign. He is also the chair of the Keep UL Lafayette Beautiful, a university affiliate of Keep Louisiana Beautiful. Jonathan has worked for UL Lafayette since Fall 2017. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Casey Johnson

Office of Sustainability-Graduate Assistant

Casey started in Spring 2020 and is currently a Graduate Student in the School of Architecture and Design. He received his Bachelor's of Arts in Industrial Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Spring of 2018. Having a creative background, he loves problem solving through design. His hobbies include event photography, travel, and spending time outdoors.

Lola Lancaster

Office of Sustainability- Student Worker

Lola started in the Fall of 2022 and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She is a student worker for the Office of Sustainability and runs the electronic waste recycling program. Lola is also a member of the Bee Campus U.S.A committee. She is passionate about gardening and protecting pollinators, as well as studying and creating art.


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.