Office of Sustainability Staff
Green Team 2020-2021
Andrew Iacona, Senior Project Manager
Note: Andrew is temporarily overseeing the Office of Sustainability.
Andrew is a senior project manager in the Facility Services department and has been actively involved in the operations of the Office of Sustainability since 2018. He served on the Green Fund as a facilities advisor from 2016-2018. He recently completed his master’s degree at NAU in Organizational Leadership. Andrew has built and managed numerous LEED Certified buildings on campus and is a current LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction. He has 17 years of project management experience, handling planning, design, and construction of higher education projects using a wide array of green building practices.
Andrew has been living in Flagstaff since 2004, when he transplanted here from Florida to explore and enjoy the wonders of the southwest. He is passionate about the outdoor environment and enjoys deep immersion in the backcountry. In his spare time, you are most likely to find him out hiking, camping, or biking with his family and friends.
Alanna Massman, Conservation Manager
Alanna is a Junior at NAU, pursuing a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a Minor in Spanish. Some of Alanna’s greatest passions in life include traveling, learning about different cultures and protecting the planet! More specifically, some areas within sustainability that she’s interested in are outdoor education, waste reduction, and plant-based living. Alanna is excited to bring new ideas and initiatives to life to help cultivate and enhance sustainability in our community.
Iris Wu, Environmental Caucus Manager
Iris is a graduate student in the Climate Science and Solutions, M.S. program here at NAU. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, receiving a B.S. in Physical Geography. During her time at UCSB, she gathered a wealth of knowledge in atmospheric science, oceanography, and climate systems, prompting her to apply for the CSS program. Iris enjoys running, biking, cloud-watching, petting her dog, and wearing her dino shirt in her free time.
Xulia Suero, Environmental Caucus Assistant Manager
Sydney Wilson, Green Labs Coordinator
Sydney is a junior Environmental Engineering major at NAU. Her interest in sustainability began in high school when her family moved to South Korea. She witnessed the impact poor environmental regulations have on a community when the actions of people are left unchecked. Sydney is passionate about public outreach and education on the importance of sustainability in our everyday lives. In her free time, Sydney likes to watch a good sitcom, hike, swim, or complete a D.I.Y project.
Kailee Schaberg, Green Jacks Co-President
Kailee is a senior at NAU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Public Health. She has a fierce passion for environmental justice, radical inclusivity, intersectional sustainability, health equity, and plant-based living. She recently had the opportunity to collaborate with The City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program in developing an intervention program emphasized on reducing food insecurity in Flagstaff. This experience greatly influenced her desire to be a part of the sustainability community on campus. Kailee is a member of the NAU Women’s Club Volleyball team and community health volunteer with the non-profit organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Flagstaff Family Food Center. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, road biking, trail running, reading, and soaking up the sun. She is eager to join other student leaders passionately advocating for a more sustainable and inclusive campus. Kailee is on a mission to make everyone feel welcomed and empowered in the climate movement.
Caroline Reed, Green Jacks Co-President
Taryn Bell, PR and Outreach Specialist
Taryn Bell is a junior at NAU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with an emphasis in policy. Growing up in Phoenix, one of the least sustainable cities in the World, provided them with an attentiveness to both the local and global environment from an early age. Taryn’s strong belief in direct action drives her passion for working with the Office of Sustainability at NAU to improve sustainability efforts in the Flagstaff community. In their free time they can be found roller skating, or experimenting in the kitchen.
Grace Booher, SNAIL Garden Coordinator
Grace is an elementary education major and parks and recreational management minor, and is the volunteer coordinator for the SNAIL Garden on campus. Grace enjoys thru hiking, painting, climbing, gardening, learning, and hanging out with her pets. Grace is passionate about making positive radical social change that will benefit our earth and all that share it!
Sydney Rittershaus, SSLUG Garden Coordinator
Sydney is a freshman at NAU pursuing a degree in Geographic Science and Community Planning, a minor in Environmental Sustainability, and a certificate in Non-profit and Societal Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about finding ways to combine sustainable food systems and environmental justice with plant-based living. She volunteers at farmers markets and community gardens regularly, and loves connecting with the local food community in and around Flagstaff. Sydney is also on the Green Collective leadership team and feels fortunate to be able to influence sustainability within the Flagstaff community. On the weekends, you can find her reading in a local coffee shop, rock climbing with friends, or running at Buffalo Park.
Summer Peltzer, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Summer is a double major in history and anthropology with an emphasis on archaeology and a minor in Arabic. She is expecting to graduate May 2021. A little fun fact about Summer is that she’s an immigrant from the Middle East. Summer loves hiking and camping around Flagstaff and when she’s not in the outdoors she spends time reading and drawing. Summer is passionate about social and political justice and is hoping to provide a diverse and inclusive environment to NAU.
Darren Bingham, Waste Minimization Manager
Darren is a masters candidate in the sustainable communities program at NAU, where he studies waste and food systems for resilient communities. His undergraduate and career choices have given Darren first-hand experience and knowledge in the waste industry, environmental consulting, and farm to consumer methodology. His passion for the sanctity of all life has generated a strong commitment to improve people’s relationship with the planet in all facets of their lives. He enjoys Dr. Seuss, gardening, baking bread, and the occasional trip to the mountains.