Assistant Project Manager
What role do you play in expanding UC San Diego’s sustainability leadership?
As Assistant Project Manager at Facilities Design & Construction, I collaborate with all the capital improvement project design and construction teams to help streamline the sustainability process. This includes advising our teams on the alignment of scope with California state energy codes, UC Office of the President green building policies and U.S. Green Building Council LEED certifications.
I help maintain a database of upcoming and completed sustainability projects. We share information about project achievements with the community on our department website and through a series of collaborative green building tours. Our office works in concert with University Communications and Public Affairs and Housing, Dining & Hospitality Services to provide a Green Building Tour program, which has been a great way to reach out to the public and share what UC San Diego has done to reduce our carbon/energy footprint.
I also serve UC San Diego and all UC campuses as the Chair of the UCOP Green Building Working Group, where we discuss and propose UC green building policy language systemwide.
What are your goals for the coming year as Chair of the UCOP Green Building Working Group?
I hope to continue to work with other UC campuses on refining draft policy language for inclusion of benchmark energy performance targets that could be included in UC green building policy language. In essence, this would allow new design/construction projects to compare energy models with existing buildings of similar type/occupancy and provide an analysis of how the new design can meet or beat that benchmark energy design. It would be a more informed way of designing energy-efficient buildings and would be revolutionary tool for many of our projects.
What personally motivates you to be involved in sustainability?
As an undergraduate student at UC San Diego, I had the opportunity to take several sustainability-related science and planning classes taught by amazing faculty members which opened my eyes to the perilous state of our world’s carbon footprint. This left a great impression on me long before movies like “An Inconvenient Truth” made sustainability the hot topic of conversation in social media. I realized then that this was something that I would be passionate about, both in my day-to-day life as well as in my career.