Jacob Adams is the Office Manager for the Office of Sustainability. He is responsible for managing the office’s business systems, human resources, and fiscal accountability practices. He was previously Office Manager for the Institute on Aging in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida and brings a varied and proficient skillset, along with an in-depth knowledge of the UF administrative system, to support the mission of the Office of Sustainability. Jacob has a background working in carbon offsetting with We Are Neutral, a Gainesville, FL non-profit that employs a unique model of community based carbon offset creation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Florida. Additionally, Jacob is an active member of Gainesville’s vibrant cycling, arts, and music scenes.
Oppong Hemeng is the Sustainability Fellow/Special Project Manager. His main responsibilities are integrating sport sustainability initiatives with the University Athletic Association and RecSports Department operations. He also works on the certification process for all the LEED buildings on campus. Oppong is a guest lecturer in the College of Health & Human Performance discussing facility management and integrating sustainability at the recreational and college levels. Oppong received two bachelor’s degrees, in Economics and Political Science from the University of Houston and a Master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Florida. Prior to working with the Office of Sustainability, he helped establish the Office of Sustainability at the University of Houston as an undergraduate student and was a Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports at UF. He also currently serves as sustainability chair for the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association.
Liz is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for programs and initiatives related to waste, transportation and water, and enjoys working with students, faculty and staff on these and other topics. Liz has a BA in Environmental Biology and Environmental Science from Dartmouth College (NH), as well as a BS in Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to UF, she worked as the Engineering Technician for a small city in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon and as a wetland consultant. She has experience in natural resource management, transportation system planning, stormwater engineering, mapping, and data management. When not at work, Liz is busy running, biking, and chasing after her toddler.
Strategic Projects Manager
Maya Patel is the Strategic Projects Manager; her main responsibility is integrating sustainability into University of Florida’s Strategic Development Plan with the goal of strengthening the connection between UF and the local community. She also collaborates on staff and faculty engagement programs. Maya received a BS in Biology from UF with a focus in plant physiology research. When she’s not busy, she’ll likely be backpacking trails or countries.
Design and Marketing
Hannah Ulloa focuses on digital media design and marketing for various programs of the Office of Sustainability. Her responsibilities involve maintaining and developing the digital and physical aspects of outreach and engagement programs. With a background in Architecture and Photography, she specializes in designing visual content and applies these skills in every opportunity. Hannah works in collaboration with the Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Allison Vitt, to improve the graphics and messaging of current and upcoming programs across campus, social media and the Office of Sustainability website. She has been an intern with nonprofit We Are Neutral since January 2016 and continues to freelance as a graphic designer and social media manager. She is strongly passionate about human connection with the natural world and when she finds free time, she spends it with her dog or enjoying a latte at a local coffee shop.
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Allison is the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for the development and implementation of educational outreach and engagement programs, public relations efforts and communications campaigns that promote sustainability within the University of Florida campus community and the community-at-large. In addition to managing the Sustainable UF brand, social media accounts, website, and outreach efforts, Allison also oversees a group of Communications/Public Relations interns, as well as several Outreach & Engagement interns. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Allison served as the Director of Communications for UF’s College of Health and Human Performance. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UF in 2007. In her spare time, Allison enjoys playing disc golf, reading, drawing and photography.
Megan Walker-Radtke is a Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. She focuses on projects and initiatives related to climate change, energy, and academic engagement; current projects include calculating UF’s greenhouse gas footprint, working with research and teaching laboratories across campus to implement more sustainable practices, and partnering with university operations personnel and contractors to reduce energy use on campus. Megan especially enjoys engaging and partnering with faculty and students across UF, including the Office of Sustainability’s enthusiastic and talented interns, to bring academic research into real-world practice on campus and to increase awareness of the science and impacts of anthropogenic climate change. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Tulsa and a master’s in atmospheric science from Purdue. She has taught at several colleges and universities in northeastern and north central Florida, worked in emergency management and natural hazard mitigation in southern Texas, and consults in the fields of forensic meteorology and climatology. In her free time, Megan enjoys jumping out of airplanes, exploring underwater wrecks and reefs, traveling, and writing.
Matt is the Director of UF’s Office of Sustainability and Energy Integration. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and has been a certified Energy Auditor through the Association of Energy Engineers. Prior to joining the office at UF, Matt worked for seven years in the Office of Sustainability at Auburn University (Alabama) where he was the lead coordinator for Auburn’s first Climate Action Plan and supporting Greenhouse Gas Inventories. In addition to climate and energy programs, Matt has focused on sustainability in campus food systems, transportation, procurement, waste prevention, stormwater education, inclusion and diversity, and community engagement. As a foundation to his work in campus sustainability, Matt has professional experience as a tropical field research biologist, an instructor in formal university courses on sustainability and biodiversity, and in the national non-profit realm working with public and private institutions to provide resources to make sustainably responsible procurement decisions. Matt’s approach recognizes the combined roles of individuals and institutions in creating a sustainable future, and the need for higher education to take a leadership role in both educating students for sustainability, and incorporating sustainability practices into day-to-day campus operations.