Find Us

Please feel free to email us at sustain@uga.edu or reach us by phone at 706-542-1301.

Our office is located in Room 217 in Chicopee Building 1, 1180 E. Broad Street Athens, GA 30602-5410. We are a short walk from the Multimodal Transit Center, which you can get to on the UGA Transit Family Housing bus. There is bicycle parking to the left of the main entrance to our building. If you drive, cars with any valid UGA parking permit may park in the UGA lot across the street.

To find the Office of Sustainability, enter Chicopee 1 through the main door adjacent to the crosswalk that leads from the parking lot. Go through the lobby and up the stairs that are straight ahead. Keep to the left until you see an open area with three large, wooden planters. Our office is directly past the third planter, room 217.

Vision

To create inspired leaders, stronger communities, and thriving natural systems.

Mission

To coordinate, communicate and advance sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service & outreach, student engagement, and campus operations.
To ensure campus-wide implementation of the University’s commitment to sustainability as outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan.

Our Staff

Kevin Kirsche

Director

kkirsche@uga.edu

Kevin is a landscape architect with over 17 years of experience in campus sustainability, planning and ecological design.  Prior to becoming UGA’s first Director of Sustainability in 2010, Kevin served various roles in the Office of University Architects with responsibility for planning, design and project management.  He has Masters and Bachelor degrees in Landscape Architecture, as well as a Certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, from the University of Georgia.

Tyra Byers

Program Coordinator
tyrab@uga.eduTyra is responsible for academic and research initiatives at the Office of Sustainability. She also developed and manages the OoS Student Internship Program. Specifically, she coordinates faculty workshops,  learning communities and grants, collaborates across campus on large research projects and the use of the campus as a living laboratory, and initiates interdisciplinary programs that foster cooperation among faculty, staff, students and community members.  Her efforts span many sustainability topics with a focus on the 17 UN Global Goals including watershed protection and food systems.  She began work at UGA in 2010.  Prior to that time, she facilitated the climate and biodiversity initiatives at the University of New Hampshire office of Sustainability, managed the environmental programs for the San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington, and worked as a Planner for Santa Barbara County in California.  Tyra has a Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Andrew Lentini

Program Coordinator

alentini@uga.edu

Andrew is responsible for communications and outreach for the office as well as programs having an outward facing component serving the Athens community.  If you would like to form promotional partnerships with the Office of Sustainability, Andrew is your contact. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in education and a graduate certificate in non-profit organization administration. Andrew is formerly the recycling coordinator for the University and has represented UGA on the boards of the College and University Recycling Coalition, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, the US Zero Waste Business Council College and University Technical Committee, and as an ex-offico member of the Recyclemania board. Currently, Andrew serves as a director on the board of the Social Marketing Association of North America. Andrew is married and has 4 children who love to do fun things.

Jason Perry

Program Coordinator

jcperry@uga.edu

Jason is a mechanical engineer and Certified Energy Manager with expertise in facility energy and water conservation, green building, and renewable energy. For seven years prior to joining the Office of Sustainability in 2014, Jason conducted energy and water audits and research studies on campus buildings as well as for clients in the commercial, industrial, agricultural, governmental, and utility sectors. He has volunteered as a shop manager at the BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program since 2008. Jason has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MSc in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the University of East London.