Office of Sustainability
Shana S. Weber, Ph.D
Weber directs the Office of Sustainability and has served as periodic lecturer in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She has coordinated University efforts in comprehensive campus-based sustainability study and operational implementation since 2006. Dr. Weber’s past research areas include the intersection of climate change impacts and land use history, and population biology of culturally-significant wetland vegetation. Current research interest include climate-change driven population dynamics of high altitude small mammals, and collaborative applied sustainability research across academic institutions. Prior to joining Princeton University she was a founding director and faculty member for the Santa Clara University Environmental Studies Institute, and producer for a nationally-syndicated environmental radio talk show. Weber serves as Chair of the Princeton Sustainability Committee, on the executive committee for the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, and steering committees for the NE Campus Sustainability Consortium, and Ivy+ Sustainability Group. Dr. Weber received her BS in Zoology from the Ohio State University, MSES and Ph.D. In Environmental Science from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington. (Personal site)
In her role, Kristi supports the implementation of the University’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan by working closely with the Sustainability Working Groups, the Princeton Sustainability Committee, and other members of the University community. She also coordinates the student GreenLeaders consortium and staff Sustainability Ambassador Program as well as campus sustainability events and initiatives. Prior to Princeton, Kristi gained valuable experience in program coordination, communications, and research as a science & policy analyst and writer at Consumer Reports. She received her M.S. degree from Tufts University, with a major in Agriculture, Food & the Environment, and her B.S. degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University, with a major in Environmental & Forest Biology. She is currently an MBA candidate at NYU, focusing on social innovation. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys traveling, yoga, and studying French.
After years of experience working at universities in different roles, Judy has now joined us as our Office Coordinator. She will be helping to coordinate our sustainability efforts across the campus. She has lived most of her life in New York and New Jersey but recently spent time in New Hampshire and Arizona. Judy says she is very happy to be living back in New Jersey, snow and all, and especially to work at Princeton in the Office of Sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys reading and photography.
Jessica Santos Ithaca College '13 - Communications and Research Intern / Student Environmental Communication Network
Jessica is a junior at Ithaca College, majoring in Writing andminoring in Environmental Studies while e nrolled in the Honors Program. When not freezing to death in Ithaca, NY, she lives at home in Trenton, NJ. She is most interested in communicating sustainability to the public via social media and other written mediums. In her free time, she writes fiction, plays the guitar and bongos, and practices being awesome.
Kyle Soloff '11 - Student Environmental Communications Network
Kyle, a member of the Princeton Class of 2011, returns to the Office of Sustainability as an intern with the Student Environmental Communication Network. He majored in Economics and received a Certificate in Environmental Studies. As an intern with the SECN, Kyle combines his interests in sustainability and film making to produce short environmental films that convey the importance of various sustainability issues in a creative and informative way. Originally from Rockaway, NJ, he has made the move to Princeton to not only work with the Office of Sustainability but to also serve as a volunteer assistant coach for his former track and cross country teams.
Phillip Tan '11, After graduating from Princeton in 2011 with his B.S. in Engineering, he returned to campus as the first post-graduate Energy Fellow for the Office of Sustainability, a year-long position that serves both the Facilities Engineering Department and the Office. Phil helps to reduce the campus carbon footprint by diagnosing opportunities for energy efficiency improvements, and generating a monthly report that compares each building’s energy consumption to its consumption last year. For the Office of Sustainability, Phil has researched sustainable alternatives to campus vehicles and landscaping equipment, and is designing and building a bike-powered generator for educational use. A former EcoRep, Phil has helps to facilitate current EcoRep recycling projects on campus.
Daniel Steurer '14 - Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dan is a Chemical and Biological Engineering major at Princeton University, where he also is pursuing certificates in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Energy. While working for the Office of Sustainability, he has pursued a project to enhance collaboration between universities and help said universities better rank their research priorities in connection to their regional and local constraints. When he isn’t pursuing his goal of saving the world from climate change, Dan does improv comedy with an on-campus group, Fuzzy Dice.
Justine Hausheer '10 - Post-graduate Fellow
Justine is assisting the office through work with student groups, development of the Ambassador¹s Program, and communications outreach, including an e-newsletter. She graduated from Princeton in 2010 with a BA in English and a certificate in Environmental Studies. Prior to working for Princeton, Justine interned at the Smithsonian, Morven Museum & Garden, The Trust for Public Land, and The Wilderness Society. As an undergraduate, Justine rowed for the Lightweight Women¹s Crew team, and served as captain in her senior year. A native of Florida, she enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and her two standard poodles. After her fellowship, Justine will begin graduate school at NYU for a masters in Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting.
Maria-Carolina Simao - Web-Assistant Intern
Carolina recently earned her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University. After spending a few months working in the tropics before college, Carolina's inklings about the importance of environmental sustainability were confirmed, and she has been attracted to sustainable efforts ever since. Carolina is now a lab technician in the Altmann Lab at Princeton University, and has been happy to dabble in web design and development for the Office of Sustainability.
Jeffrey Domanski, Princeton University Ph.D. Candidate
Assistant Manager/Graduate Student Intern
Jeff assisted in the early process of developing Princeton's Office of Sustainability. He facilitated efforts across university administrative, academic, and facilities departments in benchmarking efforts and identifying sustainability goals, and served as Chair for the Transportation Working Group. Jeff is also a Program Coordinator for the Policy Research Institute while also pursuing his Ph.D. at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served in the Office of Sustainability from 2007 - 2010.
Miyuki Miyagi '12 - Office of Sustainability Intern
Miyuki is from Long Island, NY pursuing certificates in Environmental Studies and Theater. Having discovered her interest in sustainability in high school, Miyuki was leader of her student body’s “Green Team”. She is currently Co-President of the student environmental organization, Greening Princeton. While still uncertain of her concentration, with a belief in sustainability as a value rather than an interest, Miyuki plans to incorporate environmental awareness & activism into whatever career field she pursues. In her time at Princeton, Miyuki hopes to help increase communication & collaboration between environmental groups on campus and improve visibility & awareness of sustainable initiatives within the university community.
Marianne "Mars" Jullian '13 - Bicycle Programs Intern
Marianne (Mars) is a freshman currently interested in computer science/data visualization and science journalism. Althoug her permanent address is in Columbus, Ohio she continues to call Boston her home. She comes to Princeton from a boarding school in New Hampshire where she discovered a passion for cycling as a member of their cycling team. New to the Ubikes project, she is excited to join the team in promoting sustainable transportation practices and she looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for cycling with fellow and new bikers alike.
Raphael Frankfurter '13 - Bicycle Programs Intern
Raphael is a prospective pre-med anthropology major from Durham, NH, pursuing a certificate in Global Health. He has worked for several years with the Sierra Club Student Coalition and environmental groups in New Hampshire, and looks forward to working with students, administrators and Princeton residents to promote biking as a viable transportation alternative in the community. He is also on the Princeton cycling team, plays the piano and sitar, and works as an EMT in West Windsor.
David Banks - Green Purchasing, Life Cycle Assessment
David is from Maryland in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He attended Stanford University and graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.S. in Construction Management. While at Stanford, he was a part of the Stanford Men’s Rowing team for all four years. While training at the US National Rowing Team training center in Princeton, David also works his mind for the Office of Sustainability on campus. He is now an Olympian! Way to go David!
Aaron Bembenek '12 - Garden Project Co-Manager
Aaron is a Classics major who hails from the illustrious town of Concord, MA, the birthplace of the American Revolution, Henry David Thoreau, and many other very wonderful things. Aaron has been involved in various agricultural work ranging from tentatively wrangling cattle in Wyoming to aggressively weeding winter squash outside Boston. In his free time he enjoys reading, climbing and fly-fishing. He is uncertain about his future career, but he hopes it will somehow involve being outside, working with the land.
Amina Yamusah '13 - Performance Tracking & Research Intern
Amina is a sophomore pursuing a major in Politics and a certificate in Environmental Studies. Since her freshmen year, Amina has pursued courses and activities that allow her to combine her passion for social justice with her interests in teaching and the environment. With her remaining time at Princeton, Amina hopes to further study the ways in which these issues intersect and to prepare herself for a career dedicated to the causes of social and environmental justice.
Abby Hewitt '13 - Performance Tracking Intern
Abby is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major and is pursuing certificates in Environmental Studies and Global Health and Health Policy. She is originally from Greensburg, PA. On campus, she is a member of the Varsity cross country and track and field teams. She also works with the Terramomo Restaurant Group in their sustainability efforts. She is also interested in climate change, epidemiology, and biodiversity. She hopes to be able to use these passions to increase awareness of the importance of the environment and what we can all do to make a difference in our community and world-wide.
Lindsey Hornbuckle '12 - Summer Garden Project Intern
John Votta '12 - Student Environmental Communication Network
John is an Economics major from Philadelphia PA and a member of the Lightweight rowing team here at Princeton. After studying sustainability issues in Urban Studies and Environmental Economics classes, he wanted to put his own spin on the growing dialogue surrounding sustainability as a SECN intern. On the job he is interested in using digital media and creativity to instill sustainability thought on the personal level, helping to create leaders at Princeton mindful of sustainability values. Outside of school, John enjoys cycling, cooking, music, and other good-life activities.
Colleen McCullough '12 - Garden Project Co-Manager
Colleen is a politics major pursuing a certificate in Near East studies. Before coming to Princeton she took a gap year, during which she worked on an organic vegetable farm in Washington, her home state, which she considers one of the best experiences of her life. Since freshman year, Colleen has been co-manager of the Garden Project with Eva. She also works with Dining Services to promote sustainable food offerings in the dining halls, and is the Garden Project's Princeton Environmental Network representative.
Karen Krieb '12 - Eco-Rep Co-President
Karen is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major pursuing certificates in Urban Studies and Environmental Studies. This summer, she will be working in science and climate change journalism in California, far from her home in Bartlett, IL. Karen has been a part of the Eco-Reps since freshman year and does graphic design for the Office of Sustainability's student groups. She hopes to see sustainability become a more deeply accepted community value in the Princeton student body, and she pursues this goal through the Eco-Reps' campus recycling programs.