Office of Sustainability staff
Director of sustainability
Jacek Ghosh received his baccalaureate degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and his Master of Architecture degree from Morgan State University. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and a Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, as well as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Along with the VCU Sustainability Committee, he completed the drafting of the VCU Climate Action Plan in May 2010. Ghosh was a visiting community scholar in urban economic development at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs prior to becoming the inaugural director of sustainability at VCU in July 2008.
Jordan Starbuck received her Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in business administration and management in 2008 from VCU. Starbuck coordinates the promotion and marketing of sustainability initiatives and recycling programs and events such as Campus Sustainability Day, America Recycles Day, Recyclemania and Earth Day as well as administering the daily activities of the Office of Sustainability. Along with her VCU initiatives, Starbuck has been working with restaurants and businesses in Shockoe Bottom to develop their own green practices. Starbuck was hired as the VCU sustainability coordinator in September 2009.
Sustainability reporting and outreach coordinator
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.
Campus sustainability interns
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 manages the staff that collects the solid material waste at VCU including paper, beverage containers, electronic scrap, scrap metal, fluorescent bulbs, batteries and light ballasts, and surplus items not fit for resale. He also coordinates the recycling of construction and demolition waste from building and renovation projects. Heinitiz is a member of the VCU Sustainability Committee.
Carl Beckelheimer is a graduate of Averett University with a baccalaureate degree of 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
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.
Alternative transportation coordinator
Brantley Tyndall earned his Bachelors of Science in environmental studies in the summer of 2011. He organized student environmental groups at VCU for four years and was part of a team of students that petitioned Eugene P. Trani, VCU president emeritus, to sign the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in April 2008. Tyndall was a founding leadership team member of Green Unity for VCU and serves on the VCU Sustainability Committee. He is also an avid cyclist and gathered base data for the 2010 VCU State of Cycling Report. Tyndall is currently co-chair of the VCU Bike Committee and pursues bike initiatives and programs at the university.