Sustainability Staff

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Jack Colby

Chief Sustainability Officer and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations
Mr. Colby has served as Sustainability Officer at N.C. State University since 2004. In this role he has been instrumental in establishing a campus sustainability program and has taken the lead on many sustainable initiatives. He has been NC State’s Director of Facilities Operations since 1999 and became Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations in December 2005. Prior to that, he served at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Duke University and Daniel International. Mr. Colby holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech, an MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University and is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina. An APPA (Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) member since 1978, he has served at the state, regional and international levels on various committees and as an elected officer. He has received APPA’s highest individual awards and is a graduate of both the APPA Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy. Mr. Colby served as APPA’s president from 2005-2006. During his term, he led a significant review and update of APPA’s strategic plan and established two task forces to make recommendations about annual educational forum and the potential for engaging in a credentialing/certification program. Mr. Colby’s leadership over the past few years will position APPA to meet the needs of the education facilities professional well into the future. Mr. Colby is also the recipient of the 2012 City of Raleigh Environmental Legacy Award. Contact:


Tracy DixonTracy Dixon

Director, University Sustainability Office
Tracy Dixon is a sustainability and change management professional and currently serves as NC State University’s first director of sustainability. She works with a strong team to develop and implement sustainability programs and activities impacting a campus community of nearly 40,000 people. Since joining NC State, her team has helped spark a shift from the role of sustainability as more of an isolated program toward it being more integral in the university’s way of doing business. Her collaborative and inclusive leadership style has led to her being named one of NC State’s 125 Transformational Women and NC State being recognized for sustainability by the City of Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton Review. Previously she worked as a program manager for Advanced Energy, an environmental analyst for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a legislative assistant for the House Majority Leader in the NC General Assembly and in public relations for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Tracy holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and Natural Resources and B.S. in Natural Resource Management, all from NC State University. She is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina and has served on the board of directors for the Society for Women Environmental Professionals, Triangle Net Impact and NC Sustainable Energy Association. Her past affiliations include the Triangle Emerging Green Builders, Wake County Sustainability Task Force, NC Green Power Speakers Bureau, National Association of Environmental Professionals, Hybrid Electric Bus Advisory Team, Sustainable Sandhills Initiative and the NC State University Graduate Association of Public Administration. When not working to infuse sustainability into the university and other organizations, she and her husband, Mickey Fanney, enjoy sharing adventures with their two young children, Kiah and Pender, to demonstrate all the opportunities available to them – from sports to arts to outdoors. Contact: or 919.513.0211

Lindsay BatchelorLindsay Batchelor

Program Development Specialist
Since January 2009, Lindsay has overseen existing sustainability programs and worked to initiate new campus wide sustainability programs. In May 2012, she became program development specialist, working to reduce NC State’s environmental impact and integrate sustainability into campus and community culture. Her projects include PackLinkWolfpack Certified Sustainable, a sports sustainability initiative as well as providing assistance to campus units on sustainability planning. Since 2003, when she began working with NC State in the Waste Reduction and Recycling office, Lindsay has witnessed a grassroots effort blossom into campus wide support for sustainability. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in biology, Lindsay previously worked as an education specialist with Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, a researcher and environmental educator with the Iwokrama International Centre for Sustainable Development, and with the environmental non-profit SouthWings. Contact: or 919.513.3337


Liz BowenLiz Bowen

Program Coordinator
Liz works toward NC State’s carbon neutrality goals through efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. Before joining NC State, Liz worked with a local engineering firm as a LEED specialist and founded a consulting firm, Define Green. She has developed sustainability programs and provided LEED services for retail, nonprofit and government sectors, including EarthFare, Hawaii Habitat for Humanity and Clean Edison. Liz earned a geology and environmental geosciences degree from the College of Charleston, where she was president of the student organization Alliance for Planet Earth, and also studied at Humboldt State University in California. She has served as a board member for several local organizations, including Carolinas Composting Council and Triangle US Green Building Council. Contact: or 919.513.7859


Carla DavisCarla Davis

Communications Coordinator
Carla joined the office in September 2012 to coordinate communication and marketing efforts. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism, Carla brings eight years of experience in marketing and communications. Previously she worked at a faith-based nonprofit, where she became interested in sustainability through her travels to areas of poverty in the United States and around the world. Having seen the impacts when sustainability doesn’t exist, she is excited about promoting the benefits of sustainability at NC State. Contact: or 919.513.0177


RebekahRebekah Dunstan

Program Coordinator
Since joining the University Sustainability Office in February 2013, Rebekah has coordinated a number of campus programs including Change Your State and NC State Stewards. A 2011 NC State graduate with a degree in Public and Interpersonal Communication, Rebekah served as student president of Delta Delta Delta sorority, vice president of programming for Order of Omega Honor Society, a First Year College resident mentor and teacher assistant. Before returning to NC State, she worked in human resources and finance for Prometheus Group. Contact Rebekah at or 919.513.3873.


marielMariel Eaves

Graphic Designer
Mariel received a degree in Art and Design at NC State College of Design, specializing in graphic design and illustration. She creates many of the promotional materials for the office and for events. She is the founder of Beautiful Ideas, a company that provides low-cost design services for socially and environmentally responsible organizations. She also volunteers with Fab Lab CarolinasLiberty Arts and the Human Rights Campaign. Contact:


Eric-RizzoEric Rizzo

NC State Stewards Student Coordinator
Eric Rizzo is a senior Polymer and Color Chemistry major from Wilmington, N.C., who leads the NC State Stewards student sustainability ambassadors. Eric has served on an Alternative Spring Break trip to West Virginia and traveled on a Semester at Sea short-term voyage, which included a stop at Earth University in Costa Rica. After graduation, he plans to work in the textile industry, helping make practices and products more sustainable. Contact:



Past Sustainability Interns

Caroline Hansley (2013-2014)
Jonathan Millner (2014)
Rachel Gonsalves (2011-2013)
Kezra Cornell (2013)
Joanna Banegas, Street Team (2012)
Kim Bernard, Programs Intern (2007-2008)
Alison Citron, Graphic Communications Intern (2009-2011)
Alex Crouse, Solar Intern (2012)
John Galloway, Solar Intern (2012)
Victor Galloway, Street Team (2012)
Caroline Hansley, Sustainability Program Intern (2012)
Emily Holder, Marketing Intern (2012)
Chandan Hoode, Street Team (2012)
David Ji, Street Team (2012)
Katie Johnson, Street Team (2012)
Norman Johnson, Street Team (2012)
Sameer Nizamuddin, Street Team (2012)
Ellen Orabone, STARS and Program Intern (2010)
Alex Osborne, Street Team (2012)
Taliessin Shuszler, Graphic Design (2012)
Mande Swisher, Programs Intern (2008-2009)
Amanda Tan, Green Building Intern (2012)
Lauren Woodard, Graphics Communications Intern (2011)