NC State Stewards

About the Stewards

Supported by the University Sustainability Office, NC State Stewards are sustainability student leaders, moving NC State to a brighter, stronger and more sustainable future. NC State Stewards promote sustainable practices among their peers and the community through workshops, presentations and campus events. But most importantly, NC State Stewards are role models, inspiring campus to consider the impact that personal decisions have on the environment, community and the future. View the Stewards Video

The NC State Stewards program mission is to fulfill the vision of a more sustainable campus, community and world by encouraging individuals to adopt more sustainable practices. NC State Stewards are trained to promote sustainable actions on campus and among their peers so that environmental, social and economic responsibility is cultivated at NC State and beyond. Our goals are to:

  • Educate the NC State community about social, economic and environmental responsibility.
  • Inspire behavior change through peer-to-peer interaction
  • Help the university to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through support and implementation of tactics outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan

Become a Steward

Applications are accepted during the spring semester for the following academic year. A limited number of Stewards are accepted during a September application period that is open only to first-year and transfer students.

Steward Requirements:

  • Must be a full or part time graduate or undergraduate student at NC State University.
  • Must be able to participate for 1 full academic year (Fall 2015-Spring 2016).
  • Must have a minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must be in good academic standing and have no active record of University Disciplinary Action at time of application or appointment.

Steward Expectations:

  • Participate for the full academic 2015-2016 school year.
  • Work a minimum of 3 hours per week.
  • Attend weekly group meetings.
  • Attend initial retreat in August and mid-year retreat in January.
  • Meet semester requirements.
  • Present yourself professionally as a role model for sustainability on campus.
  • Facilitate at least one sustainability presentation on campus each semester (training will be provided).

Meet the NC State Stewards

Amelia-FujikawaAmelia Fujikawa, Student Coordinator

While many wonder if or how they could change the world, Amelia Fujikawa has always known that preserving the environment could be her life’s work. “I could not imagine investing my time in anything other than improving the status of the earth,” said Fujikawa, an Environmental Science major from Charlotte, N.C. “I am passionate about sustainability because I believe it is everyone’s duty to live cleaner, so that future generations can thrive in an environment free of overwhelming waste and pollution.” After graduation, Amelia hopes to attend graduate school for business and ultimately work in sustainability in higher education or business.

Emma-BlondinEmma Blondin

Everyday as Emma Blondin walked to school in downtown Raleigh she passed the then-developing Raleigh City Farm. “I used to walk by that empty lot and seeing it transform into a small farm that helps expose and localize our food system really broadened my definition of sustainability as well as making me realize how cool and necessary sustainability is,” she said. “I care about sustainability because I don’t see a future without sustainability.” A design studies student with a concentration in landscape architecture, Emma plans to pursue graduate study in urban design after graduation.


Mary-KeilhauerMary Keilhauer

Born in El Salvador, engineering major Mary Keilhauer grew up in Marietta, Ga., where she was involved with environmental initiatives in high school. “I’m excited to be a NC State Steward because I believe that we have the ability to make a real change here,” Mary said. “I am Wolfpack through and through and I want us to be the best we can be. Together with all the amazing people and the resources here at State, I think that we can affect our school and the communities we are involved in.”


Garnett-Bullock-IIIGarnett Bullock

After graduating high school, Garnett Bullock spent a year working on organic farms in Oregon and California through Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. “I quickly learned how important sustainability was in every aspect of the lives of the folks that hosted me at each farm,” he said. “I formed a great appreciation for sustainability during this experience.” An environmental engineering major from Gastonia, N.C., Garnett is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador for “the opportunity to help improve our campus’ and our community’s efforts to decrease its environmental footprint however we can,” he said.


Hillary-DimingHillary Dimig

On the streets of Beijing, Hillary Dimig’s interest in sustainability grew as she interviewed local residents about the city’s environmental policies. “I think it’s important for us at NC State to be aware of actions being taken around the country and around the globe to improve sustainability. This could lead to exciting new opportunities for our own campus,” she said. A chemical engineering major from Youngsville, N.C., Hillary hopes to be a biotechnology research engineer with a focus on sustainability.


Alli-KenlanAlli Kenlan

Writing a research paper in high school environmental science class is what created Alli Kenlan’s curiosity about sustainability. “The more I learned, the more I realized how important it is for us to take on sustainable practices,” she said. “To me, sustainability means being cognizant of the impacts our actions have on the environment and improving those impacts by changing the way we act and consume.” An environmental science major from Durham, N.C., Alli is excited to join the NC State Stewards, a group of student sustainability ambassadors. “I want students to know that sustainability is not only important but that it’s everywhere and anyone can do it,” she said.


Jenna-BacicJenna Bacic

As a 16-year-old, Jenna Bacic watched on television as gallons upon gallons of oil escaped into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. “Sustainability didn’t really mean anything to me until I started to understand what was happening,” she said. “That led me to a passion, which has led me to where I am now at NC State.” An Environmental Technology and Management major from Cary, N.C., Jenna hopes to work toward helping advance sustainability within a large company with a focus on water quality.


Ian-StancilIan Stancil

Growing up in Four Oaks, N.C., Ian Stancil’s interest in sustainability grew in his family’s small backyard garden. “My family has always taught me to make an effort to become sustainable,” he said. A biochemistry and polymer and color chemistry major, Ian is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador “because of the possibility to foster change within my community,” he said. “The goal of sustainability, to me, is to empower people throughout the world to achieve their basic needs and enjoy an improved quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.” After graduating NC State, Ian plans to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology.


Annie-LopezAnnie Lopez

A love for nature and the outdoors drives Annie Lopez’s passion for the environment and sustainable living. “Sustainability means living in a way that will have the least possible impact on the environment,” she said. “It is important to me because humans are pushing our environment toward its breaking point, and the only way to turn things around is for everyone to employ sustainable practices.” From Charlottesville, Va., Annie is studying biological and agricultural engineering and is excited to be an NC State Steward. “Each and every one of us is capable of living more sustainably than we do right now, and the amount of extra time and effort necessary to make those changes is small compared to the big positive impact,” she said.


Allison-BryanAllison Bryan

Allison Bryan has always had an interest in sustainability, but it wasn’t until her first year at NC State that her passion for sustainability began to grow. “As a member of the University Honors Program, I was encouraged to explore opinions that were different from my own. Being around people that supported and challenged my views allowed me to experience both personal and academic growth. I believe that sustainability efforts benefit from the synthesis of ideas in the same manner that I did,” she said. An environmental engineering student from Asheville, N.C., Allison plans use engineering to address environmental and natural resource issues after graduation.


Hallie-HartleyHallie Hartley

Weekend hiking trips as a child first grew Hallie Hartley’s interest in nature. Now as an Environmental Technology major and NC State Steward, Hallie wants all NC State students to know about the need for sustainable lifestyles. “As a science and agriculture based school, people look at NC State as a center of environmental research. All our students should be knowledgeable of sustainable practices for the benefit of our campus, our community and our world,” she said. A native of Waxhaw, N.C., Hallie plans to work several years in the non-profit sector on humanitarian and environmental issues.


Ryan-KilgoreRyan Kilgore

Ryan Kilgore believes that ensuring a healthy planet is today’s most important and pressing issue, and that’s why he’s an NC State Steward . “I am extremely excited to begin interacting with NC State’s student body to bring this vague, general, multi-faceted concept of sustainability to them in a very precise, understandable and actionable way,” he said. An engineering student from Cary, N.C., Ryan has interests in renewable energy and other sustainable technology advances. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend graduate school and work in research and development.


Brian-IezziBrian Iezzi

As a senior at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Brian Iezzi did an energy audit on two of the school’s buildings. That project helped him realize a “passion for promoting smart, sustainable decisions.” Now, as a double major in textile engineering and materials science and engineering, this Gastonia, N.C., native is helping improve campus sustainability as an NC State Steward. “I love my Wolfpack, and I want us to be the example of a sustainable university,” Brian said. “Sustainability is something that affects all of our lives, and the first step to being more sustainable is to be informed on what each individual student, faculty and staff member can do to make a difference.”


Morgan Murdock

Originally from Collieville, TN., Morgan Murdock discovered his interest in sustainability through an environmental science course he took in high school. “Sustainability is important to me because humans have created many bad habits such as producing a colossal amount of waste and overusing resources, but not everyone is aware of how great their impact is. I plan to make everyone aware of even the small steps they can take to make their lives look more sustainable.” An engineering student with chemical intent, Morgan is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “Sustainability is not something that should be looked at as a hassle or an unattainable goal, but instead as an opportunity to improve your life, local community, and even the world.”


Eleanor-YehEleanor Yeh

A fashion and textile design student, Eleanor’s love for art led to her interest in sustainability. “I have always been a big believer in taking what I have and doing what I can with it,” she said. “From making an art project with scraps found around the house in the fifth grade to constructing apparel from old fabrics that are no longer used.” After attending a workshop with the EPA and NIEHS a couple years ago, Eleanor’s interest in sustainability only grew. “I realized how our impact on the world as humans really will affect our future. From then on, I was really interested in sustainable practices and spreading sustainability.” Eleanor is originally from Morrisville, N.C.


Ryan-HardisonRyan Hardison

Originally from Wilmington, N.C., Ryan is  studying chemical engineering and is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “Sustainability is important to me because I realize that humans use resources very inefficiently and as an engineer, one of my top priorities is efficiency,” he said. After discussing the opportunity to become a steward with his roommate, Ryan decided that applying would be a great way to get involved on campus and meet new people. “You are sustainability stewards even if you are not a part of this organization. We all have a responsibility to use the resources that we are provided as minimally as possible.”


Tyler-Boquet-CaronTyler Boquet-Caron

Tyler was raised in a sustainable household in Calabash, N.C. “My family raised me to be sustainable and creative with problem solving. We often re-purposed materials for other uses, not because we had to, but because we felt like it was doing the world a favor.” Having been raised this way, Tyler continued in this mindset of sustainability and became an NC State Steward. Tyler is studying chemical engineering. After graduating from NC State, he hopes to research and develop more sustainable products and materials.


Jackson-WilliamsJackson Williams

Jackson grew up in Greensboro, N.C., where his love and appreciation for the outdoors began in Boy Scouts. This appreciation for the outdoors led Jackson to take an environmental science class, where he learned the different ways our ecological footprint affects the world. An Electrical Engineering major, Jackson is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador for “the opportunity to receive insight on different ways I can help to cultivate a more sustainable environment and learn of the many different applications sustainability embraces.” After graduating from NC State, Jackson plans to gain hands-on experience with renewable energy in the hopes of later earning an MBA and pursuing his own renewable energy company.


Daniel-BriggsDaniel Eamon Briggs

Between his junior and senior year in high school, Daniel had the life changing opportunity to work for the Youth Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. “I started actively recycling and reducing excess in my everyday life. When I returned home from this experience, I continued to pursue these activities,” he said. Originally from Sanford, N.C., Daniel is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “As a Steward, I have an opportunity to continue developing the green movement here at NC State which is one that will hopefully remain present throughout the lives of our classmates,” he said. “You can become the change you want to see. It won’t always be easy, but if it truly matters to you then you will always have a voice.”


Rahul-KathardRahul Kathard

A biomedical engineering major, Rahul Kathard has always had an interest in sustainability. “I’ve always been wary of my impact on my surroundings, and sustainable practices are the best way to ensure that wherever I am stays as beautiful and healthy as possible,” he said. Originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., Rahul is excited to be an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador because the “opportunities and events that the stewards program offers through its connection to the sustainability office really allows the stewards to create lasting and important changes at NC State.” After graduating from NC State, Rahul plans to pursue a career as a doctor/professional engineer.


Thomas-ClarkThomas Clark

Alongside some environmental science classes, the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” played a big part in Thomas Clark’s initial interest in sustainability. “The film and classes showed me that we absolutely have to maximize sustainability to maintain our quality of life,” he said. “If we as a species continue to burn through resources carelessly and continue to grow in population, there will not be enough water or energy for everyone to have a decent quality of life.” This passion for sustainability is what led Thomas, an aerospace engineering student from Chapel Hill, to become an NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. “I believe that we can make a substantial impact on the world by simply educating people with the proper aspects of sustainable living. I am also excited to pick up new habits to make my own life more sustainable.”


Kelsey-WardKelsey Ward

Kelsey, a Spanish Education and International Studies student originally from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., discovered her interest in sustainability while still in middle school. “In sixth grade Ms. Simon read to our class a story about what the world will look like one day if we do not take care of it,” she said. “The whole idea upset me, and I decided right then that I would do whatever I could to make sure that the environment remained pure and cherished.” This desire to protect the environment led Kelsey to become a NC State Steward student sustainability ambassador. After graduating from NC State, Kelsey plans to travel and and use her bilingual skills to help developing countries/villages progress in a sustainable way.


Jacob-JayJacob Jay

Jacob Jay first became interested in sustainability when learning about climate change at a young age. “Anyone can make a difference by taking actions to make their own lives more sustainable,” he said. Originally from Asheville, N.C., Jacob is majoring in mechanical engineering and plans to work with alternative energy research or space exploration following graduation from NC State.


Zoe Eischen

Zoe Eischen remembers enjoying the outdoors while growing up in Durham, NC. Zoe plans to teach environmental science after she graduates in 2018 with a degree in earth science education. “Though you may think that one person cannot have a significant impact on sustainability, it’s the combination of small efforts that make the biggest impact, and your single contribution to sustainability will have far-reaching impacts on not only our campus, but the world.”


Carolyn Doolittle

Carly Doolittle, a native of Chantilly, Va., is majoring in natural resources policy and administration. After a childhood spent in and around the ocean, Carly remembers being troubled by water pollution at a very young age. Now a certified scuba diver, Carly is passionate about preserving our country’s natural waterways for the next generation. “I am so excited to work with a group of people who are as passionate about the environment as I am and who want to bring change to a university that I love,” she said. After graduation, Carly hopes to work for an environmental non-profit organization.


Alexandra Dinwiddie

Allie Dinwiddie, a native of Waynesville, N.C., has always nurtured an appreciation and love for the outdoors. “My early exposure and interest in nature made me passionate about living responsibly and encouraging others to do so.” An environmental engineering major, Allie is excited to educate students about environmental issues and preventive actions. After graduation she hopes to work with domestic and international coastal communities to restore shoreline environments and remediate wetlands and marshes.


Emma Phillips

Although Emma Phillips has always been fascinated by the natural world, her real interest in sustainability was piqued during a high school environmental science class.  “The teacher was really passionate about the subject and made sustainability and climate change seem like challenges that could be tackled rather than insurmountable obstacles.” Originally from Jamestown, N.C. and majoring in environmental science, Emma would like to work for an NGO, non-profit, or potentially pursue science education in some capacity after graduating from NC State.


Lydia Haile

Lydia Haile, a native of Asheville, NC., can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in sustainability. “I grew up in a very environmentally conscious town, and I was always taught the importance of reducing waste and our impact on the planet.” A sustainable materials and technology major, Lydia is passionate about promoting sustainability campus-wide as an NC State Steward: “NC State is already such an innovative and creative school – why not use those ways of thinking and make a positive impact on the world?” After graduating in 2018, Lydia plans on pursuing a career in sustainable building.


Cristina Guillen

Cristina Guillen, a chemical engineering major from Clarksburg, Md., developed her initial interest in the environment thanks to frequent family trips. “I became interested in sustainability when my family started going to more national parks and I realized that if we don’t take care of our planet these beautiful landmarks can disappear,” she said. “If we can all work together in being a little more sustainable every day, we can make a big difference as a whole.” Cristina plans on attending graduate school following graduation.


Bio coming soon

Katherine Sapko

Caylin Mielke

Carlo Zanelli


NC State Stewards are supported by the University Sustainability Office:
Amelia Fujikawa, Student Coordinator,
Rebekah Dunstan, Program Coordinator,, 919.513.3873 (office)