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

Areas of focus: business development, program management, strategic planning

As a sustainability and change management professional, Tracy has led the University Sustainability Office team in helping shift the role of sustainability from an isolated campus program toward an increasingly integral part of the university’s way of doing business. Since Tracy joined NC State as its first sustainability director in 2008, the university’s growing sustainability efforts have earned local and national recognition. A three-time graduate of NC State — with Masters degrees in Public Administration and Natural Resources and B.S. in Natural Resource Management — Tracy has served on the board of directors for the Society for Women Environmental Professionals, Triangle Net Impact and NC Sustainable Energy Association in addition to significant involvement in local and regional efforts to advance sustainability. 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 is a 2014 graduate of Leadership North Carolina and was named one of NC State’s 125 Transformational Women in 2012. Contact: or 919.513.0211

Lindsay BatchelorLindsay Batchelor

Program Development Specialist

Areas of focus: Departmental sustainability planning and program development including Wolfpack Certified Sustainable, Packlink, climate commitment, sports and sustainability, sustainable careers

Since 2009, Lindsay has integrated sustainability into campus through the creation of new sustainability programs and oversight of ongoing campus sustainability efforts. Her role is to be a catalyst for sustainability program development through serving as a campus resource and seizing opportunities for collaboration. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Lindsay has worked at NC State since 2003, serving for six years in the Waste Reduction and Recycling office. Contact: or 919.513.3337


Liz BowenLiz Bowen

Program Coordinator

Areas of focus: Sustainability in the building environment including LEED, renewable energy, smart grid, sustainable buildings

Since 2010, Liz has been working with diverse teams to improve the built environment of NC State and the UNC System through operational best practices for existing buildings, design and construction sustainability standards, smart grid and renewable energy initiatives. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Liz previously developed sustainability programs and provided LEED services for retail, nonprofit and government sectors. Contact: or 919.513.7859 or connect on Twitter and LinkedIn


Cynelsa-BroderickCynelsa Broderick

Americorps Member, Project GEOS (Growing Environmental Opportunities through Service), April 2015 – January 2016

Cynelsa bridges sustainability and diversity through events and cultural programming on campus that provide environmental education training and connect resources to underserved populations. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Environmental Engineering. After her Americorps service term, she plans to continue her education and pursue a conservation career in Environmental Education. Contact: or 919.513.3244


Carla DavisCarla Davis

Communications Coordinator

Areas of focus: Communications and marketing including media relations, e-news, publications, blogs, writing and editing, web site, social media, Earth Month, Campus Sustainability Day, events

Carla joined the University Sustainability Office in 2012 to coordinate communication and marketing efforts that educate about sustainability and how it improves NC State. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Carla previously 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. Contact: or 919.513.0177


RebekahRebekah Dunstan

Program Coordinator

Areas of focus: Sustainability in student life including the NC State Stewards, Change Your State, sustainability education, Green Brick Awards, fundraising, sustainability Alternative Service Break

Since joining the University Sustainability Office in 2013, Rebekah has coordinated a number of campus programs designed to infuse sustainability in student life. She is a 2011 NC State graduate with a degree in Public and Interpersonal Communication. Contact: 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:


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)