Green Fund Committee
Marie Fredenberg, Co-Chair
Marie is a fourth year student majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a double minor in Law & Society and Anthropology. 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.
Olive Dunn, Co-Chair
Olive is a fourth year student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and minoring in community engagement. Her passion for the natural world and environmental justice is what fuels her green endeavors. She wants everyone to have an equal opportunity to grow a relationship with nature which is why she thinks it’s important to work to protect the future of our Earth. In her free time, she likes to be in the woods foraging and learning about the nutritional and medicinal benefits of the nature around us. She also spends lots of time creating art. Olive is also involved in a few other climate action and social justice movements at NAU and around Flagstaff.
Alexia Markoutsis, Secretary
Alexia is a second year student majoring in environmental science with an emphasis in climate. She was drawn to sustainability through her love of the outdoors. When she finishes her degree, she wants to do research for climate stabilization and biodiversity conservation. Outside of classes, you can find Alexia hiking, gardening, hanging out with her two cats, or sometimes doing theatre.
Lindsay Mauss, Public Relations Specialist
Lindsay is a third year student majoring in strategic communications with an emphasis in both public relations and advertising. Her passion for PR as well as sustainability both grew in her time in Flagstaff and lead her to join the Green Fund to spread knowledge and love of sustainability across campus and the Flagstaff. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys reading (mainly fiction) and listening to music. She also founded and runs The Taylor Swift Society to share in her love of the singer.
Brynn Katz, Treasurer
Brynn is a second year student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies with a minor in critical sustainability studies. She was drawn to sustainability because she wants to treat the earth with the same love and compassion that it treats us. She wants a livable world for all beings. Outside of school, she plays the electric bass, loves fashion (specifically thrifting) and loves caring for her houseplants. She also has a shih tzu whose name is Stink.
Hope Saxton, Impact Analyst
Hope is a fourth year student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies (B.S.) while minoring in Spanish. She has grown up in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona and partly attributes her passions- sustainability, conservation- and many other areas such as law and research in her field to this fact. She enjoys passing time with awesome people and being outside in her free time!
Kylie Vetere, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kylie is a third year student majoring in physiology science and minoring in psychology. She was drawn to sustainability because being kinder to the Earth can have a positive impact on physical and mental health. Outside of school, she is interested in culture and art, and she is also an anime enthusiast.
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.