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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.


Joe Nelson

Office of Sustainability Zero Waste-Graduate Assistant 

Joe is responsbile for helping to implement the Zero Waste initiatives from the University's Sustainability Strategic Plan and help manage volunteers for all Zero Waste sporting events. Joe graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College with a B.A. in Philosphy and Liberal Arts (2015) and is working on his M.S. in Counselor Educaiton.


Sherry Pinell

Office of Sustainability-Student Worker


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.

Council Member