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Sustainable Carolina Professional Staff

Sustainable Carolina staff is housed within the UNC Institute for the Environment, representing a central connection point for campus sustainability. The team links strategic visions outlined by the Carolina Sustainability Council with campus stakeholders. We create analyses and feasibility studies of opportunities, report on campus progress, develop messaging around sustainability, and interact with the community.

Sustainable Carolina Staff Members

Mike Piehler

Chief Sustainability Officer; Director, Sustainable Carolina

Abigail Brewer

Communications and Engagement Specialist

Melanie Elliott

Sustainability Analyst

Cindy Shea

Sustainability Director

Langley Smith

Sustainability Program Specialist

Carolina Sustainability Council

The Carolina Sustainability Council advises the chancellor and his cabinet on sustainability strategy within the Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good framework. The Council includes students, faculty and staff. These members bring a broad range of expertise, experience, and perspectives from across the University. Council meetings are shared on the University’s Open Meetings Calendar and listed on our events page. Meetings are recorded and streamed through UNC Institute for the Environment’s Youtube channel.

Council Roster 2022 – 2023

Ileana Fenwick

Doctoral Candidate

Mike Piehler

Chief Sustainability Officer; Director, Sustainable Carolina

Anthony Buckley

Undergraduate Student Representative

Margot Francini

Undergraduate Student Representative

Elizabeth Havice

Professor, Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences

Nikhil Kaza

Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning and Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, College of Arts & Sciences

Jeff Mittlestadt

Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Executive Director of the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability

Jonas Monast

C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow; Assistant Professor and Director of the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics (CE3)

Natalie Murdock

North Carolina State Senator

Erin Riggs

Executive Director, Environmental Finance Center

Aaron Salzberg

Director, The Water Institute at UNC; Jennifer and Don Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Jash Sangani

Co-Chair, Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC)

Julie Jacobson Vann

Clinical Associate Professor, UNC School of Nursing

Previous Council Members

Jacob Crawford

Undergraduate Student Representative

Ella Feathers

Undergraduate Student Representative

Mary-Catherine (MC) Gray

Undergraduate Student Representative

Diamond Hollomon

Graduate Student Representative

Ideliya Khismatova

Undergraduate Student Representative

Nathaniel Maniatis

Undergraduate Student Representative

Asia Mieczkowska

Interim Chief Operations Officer, RENCI