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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.

Blair Begnaud
Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern

Blair develops material for the Office's webpage, manages the Office's social media pages, performs benchmark research, organizes special projects and designs graphics for 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.

Lauren Lambert
Office of Sustainability Graduate Student Intern

Lauren works under the Office of Community Service and the Office of Sustainability. She helps organize special outreach projects and events such as The Big Event, Earth Week, and Soul Camp. 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.

Ivy Thibodeaux

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.

Council Member