Cindy Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Cynthia (better known as Cindy) has been serving as the Associate Chancellor for Sustainability at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since January 2008. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to found the Office of Sustainability at UIC. Prior to her current position, Cynthia was Assistant Director for Chemical Safety in the Environmental Health and Safety Office at UIC for over seven years. There she oversaw environmental compliance, hazardous waste management, the laboratory safety program, and chemical safety training. She has also worked as an environmental consultant. Her university career started at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Division of Environmental Health and Safety where she spent two of her six years there working on a study on pollution prevention in laboratories.
Cynthia has a B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2010 Cynthia completed her Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UIC. She conducted her research on sustainability metrics for higher education (see "A Greenhouse Gas Inventory as a Measure of Sustainability for an Urban Public Research University" and "An urban university’s ecological footprint and the effect of climate change").
Cynthia enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, and camping, especially with her husband and three daughters.
Kate Yoshida, Program Coordinator (Grants & Development)
Kate's role in the Office of Sustainability focuses on identifying funding opportunities, proposal preparation, grant administration and program development. She completed her Master's in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC with concentrations in environmental planning and economic development. She has BSGS in economics from Northwestern University. Kate worked as a commercial real estate underwriter and documentation analyst at a large commercial bank before staying at home with her two sons. Her volunteer work includes community gardening and playing double bass in the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra. Kate also teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation.
Lisa Sanzenbacher, Program Coordinator (Outreach)
Lisa manages outreach activities and marketing materials related to UIC's sustainability initiatives, frequently presenting to groups around campus about UIC's sustainability programs.
Lisa completed her Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010. Lisa is an UIC alumna receiving her Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences. Lisa is a member of the UIC Green Healthcare Team, UIC Chancellor's Committee on Sustainability and Energy, and the founding member of the UIC Green Labs Committee..
In her free time, Lisa enjoys concocting Nice 'Stache brews at the home.
Joe Iosbaker, Assistant to the Associate Chancellor
Joe has worked for UIC for over 20 years. He believes that recycling is the responsibility of every person, and works to give more recognition to the unheralded support staff and building service workers for their contributions. While serving as assistant to the Associate Chancellor, Joe helps coordinate and bring new buildings into the UIC Recycling Program (If your department doesn’t have recycling yet, just ask).
He is married and has two sons.
Sarah Koning, Green Fee Administrator
Sarah is in charge of the UIC Green Fee, which is used to fully fund small, short-term sustainability-related projects, as well as subsidizing larger, long-term projects.
Shelby Egan, Graduate Assistant (Outreach & Engagement)
Shelby is pursuing her Masters in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, with a concentration in Environmental Planning. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. Before joining the Office of Sustainability, Shelby probably did some pretty awesome things. At the Office of Sustainability, Shelby is assisting with the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy.
David Fullarton, Graduate Assistant for the SST
David is the graduate assistant working on the UIC Sustainability Strategic Thinking. He is pusuing his MPA at the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Administration. David received his BA in Urban Planing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. David also interns with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and he is the Vice President of the Public Administration Student Association at UIC. David volunteers at the Illinois Railway Museum in McHenry County, where he works on old CTA "L" trains. After David worked as a policy intern at an energy efficiency non-profit here in Chicago, he became interested in actions which large organizations (such as universities) can take to increase long-term efficiency and sustainability.
Katie Popielarz, Recycling Assistant
Along with other staff members at the Office of Sustainability, Katie works to ensure the recycling program at UIC runs smoothly. Katie is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English. She has a commitment to civic responsibility and hopes to continue working with organizations that allow her to effect change.
Katie enjoys reading, writing, and watching films in her spare time. She is an avid sleeper and Bruce Campbell Aficionado.
Adali Ramirez, Energy Intern
Adali is a third year student in Chemical Engineering. He helps collect data and calculate our Greenhouse Gas Emissions, track energy usage in Energy Star, and the production of our solar panels.
Johanna Spindola, Communications & Marketing
Johanna is an Art & Design major helping the office with marketing materials and social media communications efforts.
Hyejung Lim, SST Assistant
Amoung many things, Hyejung helps our office with the Sustainability Strategic Thinking Process. She received he Bachelor's degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University.
Nina Pellizzari, Great Stuff Exchange Assistant
Nina works to orginize the University's surplus office and laboratory supplies so that there can be an online marketplace to donate & request free surplus materials and supplies.
Jakez Rolland, Tree Campus USA Intern
Jakez is visiting the Office of Sustaianbility Fall 2013 to work on our Tree Campus Initiative while he works on his degree from the Agrocampus Ouest in Rennes, France.
We are proud to announce the following interns for the Sustainability Strategic Thinking process for 2013 - 2014:
Jeff Horwitz, Urban Planning and Public Administration
Olha Kolesnykova, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ryan Mitchell, Engineering
Agnes Otap, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Sara Ramirez, Architecture & the Arts
Rhea Rashad, Architecture & the Arts
Stephen Tinney, Architecture & the Arts
Jen Zoleta, Architecture & the Arts