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About VCU Sustainability

Our team

Office of Sustainability staff

Erin Stanforth
Director of Sustainability
Email: eestanforth@vcu.edu

Erin Stanforth has recently been hired as the Director of Sustainability for VCU. Erin comes to us from Portland, Ore. where she worked as the Sustainability Manager of Portland Community College for more than five years.

While at PCC, Erin completed and implemented two Climate Action Plans, two STARS reports and six greenhouse gas inventories, amongst other activities. Prior to being the District Sustainability Manager, Erin worked as the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for PCC Rock Creek campus, where she developed sustainability-focused and related classes, established two separate composting systems and assisted with designing and certifying both a LEED NC building and a Net-Zero building. She has presented at local, state, regional, national and international sustainability-focused conferences.

She serves on the advisory council for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as well as a technical advisory group for AASHE’s STARS program. Erin serves as a strategic advisory council member for the national Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council as well as a fellow for the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium.

Erin received her B.A. from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development and her Sustainable Business M.B.A. from Marylhurst University, concentrating in government policy and law.

Parker Long
Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator
Email: longpj@vcu.edu

Parker Long graduated from VCU in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Long initially joined the Office of Sustainability in January 2011 as a campus sustainability intern and earned her LEED Green Associates certification in November 2011 as a Sustainability Assistant. Long is responsible for gathering and reporting data for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), VCU Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory and other sustainability reporting systems for the Office of Sustainability. Long will assist with LEED:EB-OM applications for VCU.

Steve Heinitz
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Email: srheinit@vcu.edu

Steve Heinitz received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York. He has supplemented his education by taking classes in environmental studies. Heinitz was hired as the VCU Recycling Coordinator in March 2001, and in January 2013, joined the Office of Sustainability as the Sustainability Program Coordinator. Heinitz is a member of the VCU Sustainability Committee.

Campus sustainability interns

Wyatt Carpenter
Email: carpenterlw@vcu.edu

Erika Johnson
Email: johnsonem4@vcu.edu

Leah Schmidt
Email: schmidtlm2@vcu.edu

Carlisle Wilkinson
Email: wilkinsonce@vcu.edu

Affiliated departments

Carl Beckelheimer
Energy Manager
Department of Engineering and Utilities
Email: cebeckelheim@vcu.edu

Carl Beckelheimer is a graduate of Averett University with a Baccalaureate degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager and a member of the Association of Energy Engineers. Beckelheimer has been with VCU since 2005, first as a Zone Superintendent for the Physical Plant Department and then hired as the VCU Energy Manager in August 2007. He also serves on the VCU Sustainability Committee.

Jeremiah “Jerry” Ware
Surplus Property Manager
Department of General Services and Surplus Property
Email: jmware@vcu.edu

Jerry Ware has been working for VCU since 1980. He is responsible for the university's Surplus and Reuse Program and also signs off on all state and federal purchases made by faculty and staff at VCU. For items that cannot be reused, Ware diligently finds local churches, schools and nonprofit organizations to donate goods.