Find Us

Please feel free to email us at 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.

Our Staff

Kevin Kirsche


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

Tyra has worked on campus sustainability since 2002 both at the University of Georgia and at the University of New Hampshire. These efforts include academic initiatives, education and outreach, event planning, cross campus collaboration, research, program development and overseeing student interns. Her projects have spanned many sustainability topics such as sustainable food systems, climate change, and watershed protection. Prior to her campus work, she managed the environmental programs for the San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington, and worked as a Planner for Santa Barbara County in California.

Andrew Lentini

Program Coordinator

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. Andrew is married and has 4 children who love to do fun things.

Jason Perry

Program Coordinator

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. 

Alumni Ambassadors

Alumni Ambassadors represent Sustainable UGA to students, professionals and corporations in Georgia, across the US and around the globe.  Alumni Ambassadors also engage with OoS staff, current and past interns to enhance the intern alumni network.

Max Weyrich

 An Environmental Economics and Management major at UGA, Max was a Zero Waste and Compost intern for the Office of Sustainability as well as an Environmental Intern for ACC Recycling Division. Now he promotes environmentally sustainable practices. 

Spring 2017 Interns

The Office of Sustainability relies heavily on the work performed by our interns. We provide UGA students with opportunities for hands-on learning and professional development through meaningful engagement with administration and the UGA community.

Anna NolanEcology ABWatersheds
Gabi RosenthalArt-PhotographyWatershed Communication
Jack LudwickCivil EngineeringGreek Life Rep
Bailey SheaEconomicsSustainability Metrics
Abby CriswellInternational Affairs and Public RelationsCommunications
Carson DannAgriscience and Environ SystemsUrban Agriculture
Corey KlawunderEnvironmental EngineeringBike Outreach Ambassador
Faizah ChowdhuryComputer ScienceVideo
Meagan BensLearning Leadership and Organization DevelopmentEvents
Haley MirandaMSW/MPHSocial Sustainability
Kira HegmanArt Education (PhD)Artist in Residence
Jackson NewburyEnvironmental Econ & ManagementChew Crew
Jacob CorlessAgriscience and Environ SystemsUGArden
Janie Day WhitworthGeographyMaterial Reuse
Julie DelosePsychology (PhD)Curriculum
Alaina BuschmanPsychologyCampus Kitchen
David ThomsInternational AffairsCampus Kitchen
Madison SmithEnvironmental Health ScienceHealth and Wellness
Melissa GurevitchEnvironmental EngineeringZero Waste
Tom LehnerJournalism (Publication Management)Compost
Narissa TurnerNatural Resources & Rec TourismGreen Arch
Nirav IlangoGeography/Computer ScienceCurriculum
William FoxWater and Soil ResourcesBike Program Manager
William KirkMarketing/Ecology MinorHousing Eco-Reps
Abigail WestArtDodds and Ends