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About VCU Sustainability

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Office of Sustainability staff

Jordan Starbuck
Assistant director of sustainability
Email: starbuckje@vcu.edu

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.


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


Nikita Jathan
Email: jathannp@vcu.edu


Leah Schmidt
Email: schmidtlm2@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 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
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.