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Green Fund Committee
Julia Totty, Co-Chair
Julia is a fifth-year student double-majoring in Environmental Science with a Communications emphasis and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She is from Sacramento, CA which she loves because it’s equally close to the beach and the mountains. She loves the Earth and spends her time hiking, backpacking, camping, and just being outside! Her work with the USFS over the summers has helped her develop her love for and interest in forestry and the intricacies of ecological systems. She hopes to be able to help everyone enjoy and appreciate the outdoors as much as she does.
Marie Fredenberg, Co-Chair
Marie is a third-year student double majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Geographic Science and Community Planning with a minor in Law & Society. Being born and raised in Flagstaff has given her a unique perspective on sustainability at NAU and a great appreciation for the place she calls home. The community at NAU inspires her to help fight against the effects of climate change in the ever-changing Southwest. In her spare time, she loves hiking, kayaking, and fishing around the rivers of Arizona, especially the Colorado River, and spending time with her dog, Rosie. Her passion for the rivers of Arizona is what led to her special interest in water conservation and policy. Marie’s future goals include attending law school, learning more about sustainability, and showing others the beauty of her hometown.
Becky Winslow, Secretary
Becky is a second-year student double majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Spanish. She has lived in the mountains her entire life and always finds solace and happiness in nature. To nurture the earth and encourage others to do the same, she plans to work in the agriculture sector of sustainable community building and hopefully make a difference in environmental justice. When not in class or working, she is probably in the SSLUG Garden, riding her bike, or traveling the world!
Sophia Swainson, Public Relations Specialist
Sophia is a fourth-year journalism major with a double minor in environmental communication and communication studies. She discovered her passions for environmental and social sustainability after becoming a member of Flagstaff’s community and having her world expanded by perspectives she’d never been exposed to before. Her love for Mother Earth and the people in her community motivates her to strive to normalize sustainable practices through volunteer work and activism both on-campus and off-campus. When she’s not in class or working to implement sustainable projects for the Green Fund, you can find her hammocking, gardening, or hiking.
Karson Hawkins, Treasurer
Karson is a fourth-year sociology major, minoring in social work, journalism, and Japanese. A curiosity for asking why people act the way they do and how our social world is made up, as well as a growing interest in the environment and the personal practices and habits that lead individuals to make up larger sustainable communities, lead him to work in his current position. Outside of involvement with sustainability on campus and in courses, Karson enjoys playing video games, biking around town, making tea, and spending time with his dog Fibby. After receiving his bachelor’s degree he hopes to teach English in Japan and then eventually work for the Peace Corps.
Milana Marshall, Data Analyst
Natalie Pierson, Community Outreach Coordinator
Natalie is a fourth-year student majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a minor in Astronomy while simultaneously pursuing an M.S in Climate Science and Solutions in an accelerated master’s program. Having grown up in the magnificent Pacific Northwest, she has always held a deep appreciation and love for the environment. Her previous major, Physics & Astronomy, left her with a fascination for the stars while her current studies inspire her to take action against the accelerating change of climate by helping communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. When not doing research or sustainability work she has also been heavily involved on campus as Astronomy Club president and dedicated member to Green Jacks, the SSLUG garden, and Thrift Jacks. In her spare time, she loves spending time outside going on walks, volunteering, relaxing in a hammock with a good book, admiring the stars, or exploring somewhere new. She is always trying to apply what she has learned to the real world by working to protect both the social and ecological communities of Northern Arizona from the consequences of rapid climate change. Her dream is to continue this type of work into the future and engage communities in the beautiful process of change for a better, greener world.
Kiley Feld, Graduate Student Representative
Kiley is a senior in NAU’s B.S. Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies program, while dual enrolled as a first year master’s student in NAU’s M.A. Sustainable Communities program. Kiley grew up in Southeast Michigan, has lived in Arizona for nearly 7 years, and has been lucky to call Flagstaff home for nearly 3 years now. She has a deep passion for sustainability and climate action, with a special interest in sustainable food systems, food access and justice, and plant-based eating as a tool for social change and climate mitigation. Kiley is a mother to one beautiful little girl named Luna, and she tries hard to instill similar values of care and respect for the earth and its inhabitants in her daughter. Kiley enjoys hiking, yoga, camping, biking, and exploring all the natural beauty that Northern Arizona has to offer.
Agnes Drogi, Faculty Advisor
Agnes is a professor of practice in the Construction Management program in the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences (CEIAS), as of Fall 2017. Prior to that, she was the director of Planning, Design, and Construction at NAU, and championed sustainability across campus, contributing actively to the design and construction of (11) LEED Certified (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) buildings on NAU campus. She has 27 years of project management experience, handling planning, design, and construction of large commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects using multiple delivery methods (Design/Build, CMAR, JOC, Hard Bid). She successfully managed multi-million-dollar construction projects, with an accurate budget and schedule forecasts. She encourages her students to think about how, as construction managers, they will be in ideal leadership positions to help reduce the impact our build environment has on the natural environment. Agnes has been living in Flagstaff since 2004 when she came up as a General Contractor’s project manager from Phoenix to manage the construction of the College of Business on NAU Campus. She loves her new job as a teacher, engaging with students while keeping her connections with professionals in the construction industry. In her spare time, you are most likely to find her riding the local mountain biking trails, skiing, trail running, having fun with her family and friends.
Chad Stiller, Staff Advisor
Chad is the Associate Vice President in the Information Technology Services department. He has been involved with Sustainability projects for almost two decades and is a strong proponent of the role technology plays in Green initiatives. In his career, he has led efforts to optimize data center energy consumption, minimize e-waste, eliminate printed paper consumption, and develop monitoring & reporting metrics for utility usage. Chad is trained as an NAU Energy Mentor and was recognized as a Finalist for the campus Sustainable Leadership Award. He has lived in Northern Arizona for over 30 years and is an avid music lover and dog dad.
Joshua Spear, Staff Advisor
Joshua Spear is currently employed at Northern Arizona University in the role of Senior Project Management and oversees multiple construction projects from conception to completion. In this role, he has helped NAU achieve many honors including the USGBC Heavy Metals award two years in a row 2014 and 2015. This is an award for LEED projects that have gone over and above expectations of facility performance and aesthetics.
Avi Henn, Staff & Green Fund Business Manager
Avi was born and raised in Israel where he was deeply influenced by environmental damage his hometown experienced from heavy industrialization and poor planning. He became interested in sustainability, climate mitigation, and wildland preservation and traveled to the United States in 2001 to obtain his higher education. His most recent degree was with NAU at the Climate Science and Solutions (CSS) program. Avi has over 20 years of experience and has been involved with sustainability at NAU and in Flagstaff for over ten years. He is excited to help NAU become a leader in all aspects of sustainability and to advance our institution’s carbon neutrality.