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mark lichtenstein

Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Operating Officer | Chief of Staff | Chief Sustainability Officer
malichte@esf.edu | 315-470-4748

Mark is also a Faculty Associate at Syracuse University's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration. He has a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conflict Resolution from Syracuse, and an ESF Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

gary peden

Gary Peden
Director of Facilities
gspeden@esf.edu | 315-470-4907

Prior to joining ESF, Gary was a Senior Architect in private practice. Gary has experience in commercial development, religious architecture, higher education, and high-end residential design. He also owned a design-build firm. Gary stresses the importance of good design in sustainability. Gary is a Registered Architect with his Bachelor in Science and a Bachelor in Architecture from Kent State University.

sue fassler

Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
scfassle@esf.edu | 315-470-6701

Sue oversees custodial, grounds and garage operations, leads the College's Path to Zero Waste program and manages the Sustainability Division's education and engagement efforts. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY ESF, as well as a M.P.S. in Environmental Science (Environmental Policy and Democratic Processes) and a Master of Public Administration (Social Policy) from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

justin heavey

Justin Heavey
Research and Sustainability Programs Manager
jpheavey@esf.edu | 315-470-6775

Justin oversees and contributes to a range of programs including sustainability tracking and improvement, GHG inventories, climate and energy planning, clean energy systems, LEED and green building, grounds, and materials management. He holds a B.S. Environmental Studies and M.S. Forest Resources Management and has worked in campus sustainability and bioenergy research since 2008.

Student Sustainability Leaders

Student Sustainability Coordinators
  • Delaney Demro, Graduate Program in Environmental Science

  • Natasha Abrol, Graduate Program in Environmental Studies

  • Charles Lanfranchi, Sustainable Energy Management

Green Campus Initiative
  • President: Sachi Segan, Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Student Association's SustainabiliTEAM
  • President: Shenequa Perry, Environmental Biology

  • Lauren Jones, Conservation Biology

  • Julia Frank, Enviornmental Biology

Learn more about our Student Clubs focused on sustainability.

Committees & Work Groups

Break Free From Plastics Work Group

ESF signed the Post Landfill Action Network's Break Free From Plastics Pledge in February 2020. This Pledge signals the College's commitment to shift away from disposable, single use plastics to the greatest extent possible. The Break Free From Plastics Work Group was formed in November 2020 and is comprised of faculty, staff and students.

More Info - Break Free From Plastic

This Committee meets on an as needed basis. In its first meeting, the group created an inventory of non-essential, non-compostable, single use disposable plastics that are currently used on campus. Members of the working group will systematically identify items that can be removed from campus or replaced (with more durable items). If source reduction is not possible at this time, efforts will be made to properly manage materials that have a market beyond landfill/incineration.

Check out ESF's Path to Zero Waste program for more information about our lofty materials management goals! Email Sue Fassler (scfassle@esf.edu) if you would like to add a single use plastic to the target list for removal/replacement.

Thank you to our work group members:

  • Doug Daley, Associate Professor (Environmental Resources Engineering)

  • Gerry Pinkley, Grounds Supervisor

  • James Zappola, Senior Manager, Trailhead Cafe

  • Jess Proctor, Student (Conservation Biology)

  • Justin Heavey, Sustainability and Research Programs Manager

  • Kaitlin Breda, Administrative Assistant II, The American Chestnut

  • Research and Restoration Project

  • Lemir Teron, Associate Professor (Environmental Studies)

  • Lisa Campagna, Associate Director of Business Affairs

  • Mark Poupore, Janitor

  • Natalee Wrege, Admissions Assistant

  • Sachi Segan, Student (Environmental Studies)

  • Shenequa Perry, Student (Environmental Studies)

  • Shirley Chen, Student (Environmental Studies)

  • Sue Fassler, Sustainable Facilities Manager


EcoReps are student sustainability ambassadors that live in Cenntenial Hall! They educate their fellow students about the core tenets of sustainability, promote environmentally conscious decision making, encourage sustainable lifestyles, and foster a connection with both the general ESF campus community and the greater Syracuse area. EcoReps plan and lead monthly activities, based upon specific sustianability themes.

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 EcoReps
  • Kathryn Resanovich

  • Lisa Steinberg

  • Isabella Joyce Osborn

  • Max Vodra

  • Asha Hotaling

  • Kayla Elkhay

  • Evangeline Delovich

  • Sydney Weimer

  • Spencer Berg

  • Abhinay Polaka

Bike Safety Committee

The Bike Safety Committee is led by Dr. Melissa Fierke and has been instrumental in improving bike infrastructure and safety on campus and in the local community. The Committee recently led a successful multi-year effort focused on redeveloping and adding bike lanes to the University Neighborhood's Euclid Avenue. This is the most heavily biked street in the City of Syracuse.