Nurit Katz

Chief Sustainability Officer
Executive Officer, Facilities Management

Nurit Katz is UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. She works to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to facilitate creating a world class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA. As Executive Officer for UCLA Facilities Management, Nurit provides strategy support to make the university more operationally efficient and coordinates with Emergency Management on resilience planning. Facilities Management provides energy to the campus through a highly efficient cogeneration plant, as well as managing landscaping, renovations, operations, and maintenance. Nurit is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate Program. Her course Principles of Sustainability was recently included in LA Weekly’s Best of LA 2012 as one of the 10 Best Classes in LA. Nurit was honored as one of 100 Inspirational Alumni for the 75th Anniversary of UCLA Anderson.  Recently she was recognized as one of the top 100 business trailblazers in the Women Worth Watching 2015 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. We could go on and on about the incredible that she does and how amazing of a person she is and we are so lucky to have Nurit as one of our program advisors and stakeholder.

Bonny Bentzin

Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer

Bonny Bentzin is the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer of UCLA. Bonny is a key member of the leadership team for sustainability at UCLA, helping manage sustainability across the university. Prior to joining UCLA, Bonny was the Head of Sustainability and Project Integration for the Trust for Sustainable Development, working on Spirit Bay Developments, coordinating all sustainability aspects and planning key projects for a new town concept being developed in partnership with the Sc’ianew First Nation (Beecher Bay Band) near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This work included successfully securing $540,000 in grant monies for an Ocean Thermal Heating and Cooling system and district, and to plan the town centre. An experienced sustainability expert with a focus on developing and executing sustainability programs in the field of higher education and complex organizations, she has over 12 years of leadership, management and consulting experience, both within large‐scale organizations and as an outside consultant. 

Todd LynchAIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C- Green Buildings

Principal Project Planner
UCLA Capital Programs

Todd is the Principal Project Planner for UCLA Capital Programs. He is campus planner and specializes in the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” rating system, known as LEED TM.  This internationally-recognized standard for sustainable design and construction has dramatically shifted construction industry practices toward much healthier environments and substantial conservation of water, energy, and other resources.  Todd has helped 30 UCLA buildings achieve LEED certification buildings, with 8 at the Platinum level. 

Todd is also a Lecturer in professional practice for the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, as well as the Architect Licensing Advisor for the campus. A regular participant in the SAR program, Todd have been with us since 2012. He sees the interdisciplinary and project-based nature of SAR as a great microcosm for how planning, design, construction, or certification processes play out at any scale, and also as a great catalyst for sustainable progress on UCLA’s campus. 

Emma Sorrell

Sustainability Manager
UCLA Housing and Hospitality Services

Emma is the Sustainability Manager for UCLA H&HS and oversees the development, implementation, maintenance and tracking of sustainability programs of all On- and Off-Campus Housing, UCLA Dining Services, UCLA Guest House, Conferences and Catering, Vending Services, the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center, Bruin Woods Family Resort, and the Luskin Conference Center. Her current efforts include water conversation, waste reduction & diversion, behavioral change and sustainable food procurement. As busy as Emma is with everything that she does, she always makes time for her SAR team. Her past team have raved about her intelligence, work ethic, and most of all, her passion for sustainability and student projects. This will be her third year guiding a team and we incredibly excited and grateful to have her continued presence.

Thomas Gillespie

Department of Geography

Professor Thomas Gillespie teaches in the Department of Geography and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.  Tom’s research interest have on forest ecosystems and testing biogeographic hypotheses related to patterns of species richness and rarity for a number of taxa at local, regional, and global spatial scales.  His research is predominately undertaken in diverse tropical forest ecosystems that have been identified as high priority areas for conservation (biodiversity hotspots) and where few field data exist.  Tom's research focuses on three primary themes: forest ecosystems, biogeography and conservation theories, and geographic information systems and remote sensing. Students love working with Tom because of humor, extensive knowledge of flora and fauna species, and his passion of biodiversity.

Katie Zeller

Sustainability Coordinator
UCLA Recreation

Katie is the Sustainability Coordinator for UCLA Recreation Sport Venues and Event Operations. She is responsible for developing and developing and implementing sustainability initiatives throughout the Recreation Department, including the John Wooden Center, Pauley Pavilion, the Student Activities Center and Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Her focus involves zero waste, energy use reduction, air quality and outreach. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Environmental Studies and a minor in Environmental Systems and Society. As a student, she was involved in our program and led the Zero Waste Pauley Action Research Team. We are thrilled to have Katie onboard to continue to push boundaries and support UCLA’s commitment to sustainability.

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Daisy Oliver

Residential Coordinator
UCLA Graduate & Family Housing

Daisy is the Residential Coordinator of Residential Life at University Apartments. She received a Master’s in Social Work from USC, and B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from UCLA. Before receiving her MSW, She worked in UCLA Undergraduate Admission as an Admissions Officer. Daisy serves as a supervisor for a staff of 5 Community Assistants and oversees all engagement opportunities for residents at Graduate Housing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going to the beach, movies, hiking, water sports, traveling, and enjoying life! We are excited to work with her and Daisy already have several great project ideas ready to go.There is significant potential for waste, garden, and energy audit projects, and we can't wait to see what the team does!



Action Research Team Stakeholders


Stakeholder Fact Sheet: Responsibilities and Benefits

ESLP Action Research Team stakeholders are paired with a team of five to six undergraduate students for two academic quarters to research, rethink, investigate and tackle, UCLA’s greatest sustainability issues.

Stakeholders have the opportunity to...

  • Partake in innovative sustainability projects of their choice on campus
  • Work towards achieving overall sustainability goals for UCLA
  • Establish unique relationships with undergraduates and fellow faculty who are passionate about environmental health and prosperity

In turn, stakeholders are expected to…

  • Be available for at least one-in person meeting with their team once every two weeks to discuss progress
  • Approach projects from a primarily scientific/research-based perspective, but are encouragedto employ other perspectives (social, economic, etc._ as well
  • Attend the ART student midterm and final presentations (week 10 of both winter and spring quarters)
  • Foster a respectful and professional relationship with their team that enables creative collaboration towards a fulfilling final result