Jacob Adams is the Program Assistant 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.
Joseph is the Zero Waste Coordinator for the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability. He is tasked with creating and implementing the Zero Waste Plan encompassing waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting and environmentally preferable purchasing policies and programs covering all materials and products. He succesfully completed a consumer-free zero waste year from March 2013 – March 2014. Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He is an accredited LEED Green Associate and a certified SWANA Manager of Recycling Systems. Prior to coming to work for the Office, Joseph worked for Republic Services, d.b.a. Southland Waste Systems, in Operations at their Brunswick, GA division. In that role Joseph pursued and helped implement among other things the conversion of Glynn County’s recycling program to a Singlestream carted system. Joseph is a member of Recycle Florida Today, SWANA, League of American Bicyclists, Florida Bicycling Association, and serves on the Executive Board of Keep Alachua County Beautiful. From 2011 – 2013, he helped coordinate the Heart of Florida U.S.Green Building Council’s twice monthly Green Caffeine speaker series. Joseph assisted in the development and construction of the Homecoming Repurposed Bike Gator for the 2013 UF Homecoming Parade.
Laurel is a Program Assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Her responsibilities include assisting with outreach to students, staff, faculty, and the Gainesville community, and coordinating the Office’s campaigns and events. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from UF. She is a volunteer at the Alachua County Crisis Center, has previously served on the City of Gainesville Plan Board, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Alachua Conservation Trust.
Allison Vitt - 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. 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.
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 is 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.