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Office of Sustainability Staff

Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor

Director of Sustainability
gretchen.vanicor@louisiana.edu
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.

 

Monica Rowand
Sustainability Coordinator 
monica.rowand@louisiana.edu 
Office (337) 482-0054

Monica is a specialist in engagement for sustainable behavior change.  She focuses on communications and outreach activities that use the institution's operational successes in sustainability as a role model to encourage the UL community - from students to sports fans - to follow the University's lead.  Monica is an active participant with the Green Sports Alliance, focusing on sports sustainability programs in University Athletics Departments. Monica has an MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA.

 

Kevin Levy
Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern

Kevin works under the Office of Community Service and the Office of Sustainability. He helps organize special outreach projects and events such as The Big Event, Earth Week, and Soul Camp. He earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is currently working towards attaining his master's degree in architecture.

 

Ian Naquin
Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern

Ian is a member of the design team that works on special projects for the University including the Amédé Ardoin memorial, Johnston St. revitalization, and University bioswales.  He also creates graphics for the Office and assists with the Zero Waste food recovery program at UL football games.  He earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2019 and is currently working towards attaining his master's degree in architecture.

 

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.

 

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