Michael Amish is the Program Assistant for the Office of Sustainability. Michael is tasked with supporting the team and the various sustainability programs as well as charged with directing the general clerical duties for the office. Amish holds a BA in American Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY and has been involved in sustainability in the Gainesville community since 2000. He has previously served on Alachua County’s Environmental Protection Advisory Committee (EPAC) as well as Gainesville’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s Downtown Redevelopment Board, and is currently the board president for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Sustainable Alachua County and Executive Director of Barrels of Hope, a post-disaster sustainable housing initiative of the local USGBC Heart of Florida chapter. Amish is an accredited LEED Green Associate, a Florida Green Building Association Certifying Agent, a Class II Energy Rater and a CSA Greenhouse Gas Accountant.
Joseph Floyd 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.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. He plans to pursue Graduate Studies in Environmental Policy. 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 Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Recycling Coalition, Recycle Florida Today, SWANA, and the U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia Chapter.
Laurel Nesbit is a Program Assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Her responsibilities include 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.
Stephanie Sims is an implementation coordinator with the Office of Sustainability. Her responsibilities include managing the strategic implementation plans for sustainability – including the climate action plan. She coordinates the office internships program and oversees external reporting, including AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Sims has a B.S. in Biological Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. She has worked with the Office of Sustainability on a number of previous projects, including the Inaugural Florida Campus and Community Sustainability Conference, pilot phase AASHE STARS reporting, and numerous campus outreach events. She represents the office in the Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida and serves on the Plan Board and Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Community Development for the City of Gainesville.
Matt Williams 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.