Meet the Sustainability Team! 

The sustainability team manages efforts around waste reduction and recycling, campus gardens, sustainability education and sustainability marketing. Meet the students that make it all happen!

 

Allie Lalor, Waste Reduction Coordinator
Senior | Environmental Science major, Energy and Resources minor | allielalor@berkeley.edu

Allie Lalor, Waste Reduction Coordinator

My name is Allie, and I’m working as the Zero Waste Coordinator with the Cal Dining Sustainability Team. I care deeply about reducing our participation in the wasteful culture surrounding food, water, and energy, and I believe this team can have a great impact on how incoming students interact with and reduce waste in the food system. I am eager to learn about local environmental justice and food justice issues, and explore the ways we can live in a socially just and environmentally friendly world. I volunteer with the Berkeley Student Food Collective and ReUse, and I am actively involved in The Green Initiative Fund projects to help educate students about how to participate in UC Berkeley’s Zero Waste Goal by 2020. Outside of school, I love to work with ceramics and hike with friends and family! Allie will manage the zero waste scorecard at the campus restaurants.

 

Natalia Semeraro, Garden Coordinator
Junior | Nutritional Science: Physiology and Metabolism Major, Food Systems Minor | nsemeraro@berkeley.edu

Natalia Semeraro, Garden Coordinator

Hi! I'm Natalia, one of the Garden Coordinators on the Sustainability Team. I love to cook and am extremely passionate about cultivating edible landscapes. Through my work in other urban gardens, I have realized the need to address availability and accessibility of these spaces. Growing food near one of our dining halls is a great way to bring more experiential education opportunities to our university and make more fresh produce available to students. I truly believe that we cannot begin to create a more holistic solution for a sustainable food system, without first starting with our current, local communities: like Cal Dining!
In addition to working with the team, I play intramural soccer, work at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and get outdoors whenever possible. Natalia will manage the zero waste scorecard at CKC and Foothill.

 

Isabella Dang, Sustainability Education Coordinator
Junior | Nutritional Sciences Dietetics | dang.isabella@berkeley.edu

Isabella Dang, Sustainability Education Coordinator

Hi there, my name is Isabella and I am the educational coordinator and nutrition liaison for Cal Dining’s Sustainability Team. I am a “food science” major and I like to say that “the food” came first through working in my family’s restaurant and “the science” came second through a medical biology class in high school. My time at Cal has taught me how the nutritional components of food interweaves itself into a larger quilt—patched with environmental concerns, politics, anthropology, and art etc. Apart from Cal Dining, I am also involved Acts2Fellowship, SNAC, and clinic volunteering. Isabella will manage the zero waste scorecard at Foothill.

 

Aubrey Hills, Waste Reduction Coordinator 
Sophomore | Society and Environment major | aehills@berkeley.edu

Aubrey Hills, Waste Reduction Coordinator

Hi there, my name is Isabella and I am the educational coordinator and nutrition liaison for Cal Dining’s Sustainability Team. I am a “food science” major and I like to say that “the food” came first through working in my family’s restaurant and “the science” came second through a medical biology class in high school. My time at Cal has taught me how the nutritional components of food interweaves itself into a larger quilt—patched with environmental concerns, politics, anthropology, and art etc. Apart from Cal Dining, I am also involved Acts2Fellowship, SNAC, and clinic volunteering. Isabella will manage the zero waste scorecard at Foothill.

 

Hannah Haugenes, Garden Coordinator
Sophomore | Conservation and Resource Studies major, Spanish and Global Poverty and Practice minor | Hannahhaugenes@berkeley.edu

Hannah Haugenes, Garden Coordinator

I’m Hannah and I’m a new garden coordinator for the Cal Dining Sustainability Team. I grew up in New Jersey where I gardened and composted with my mom and was constantly outside. I’m hoping to focus my studies on environmental justice and agroecology so I can ensure everyone has equal access to safe green space, and healthy and sustainably grown food because I see the beneficial impacts it has on all life. Along with this position, I work with Words of the Watershed, an environmental arts and writing publication on campus as well as Fossil Free Cal and the Berkeley Student Food Collective. Hannah will manage the zero waste scorecard at CKC.

 

Jordan French, Sustainability Education Coordinator
Senior | Environmental Engineering Science major, Energy and Resources Minor | jordanfrench@berkeley.edu

Jordan French, Sustainability Education Coordinator

I'm Jordan, and I work as an Education Coordinator for Cal Dining's Sustainability Team. I've grown up in the Northeast, the Caribbean, and most recently Sonoma County; in addition to those travels I like to get outside and go hiking, scuba diving, and rock climbing. I'm studying resource depletion and environmental pollution, and the ways in which people are affected by or can combat these trends. Outside of Cal Dining and the classroom, I work as a carbon neutrality fellow with the Office of Sustainability and Energy, and I'm preparing to lead an Environmental Justice decal and service trip with UC Berkeley's Public Service Center. Jordan will manage the zero waste scorecard at Crossroads.

 

Carolina Bailon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
First year | Intended Sustainable Environmental Design Major | carolina98@berkeley.edu

Kristie Hung, Sustainability Marketing Coordinator

Hello! I am Carolina working as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Cal Dining’s Sustainability Team. I am from Calexico,  a tiny border town in southern California. I am passionate about the intersection of sustainability with the built environment, and how that plays a pivotal role in the well-being of people and the overall ecology of a landscape. Research shows that the urban population will increase by another 2.5 billion people by the year 2050, meaning that the design of our current cities must change in order to cater to the rising population while avoiding the exhaustion of Earth’s resources. This also means that our food systems will have to revolutionize, and begin to implement and educate others on sustainable and resilient food practices. Outside of the team, I am also a writer in the SERC Blog, an active member in the Students Of Color Environmental Collective, where we advocate for environmental justice and ASUC’s Internal Department of Sustainability.

 

Adeline Wong, Sustainability Education Coordinator
Freshman | Nutritional Sciences Physiology and Metabolism | c.adeline.wong@berkeley.edu

Adeline Wong, Sustainability Education Coordinator

Hi, I’m Adeline, and I work as an Education Coordinator for Cal Dining's Sustainability Team. Growing up in Indonesia with a Chinese-Indonesian heritage, I have been exposed to various cultures. I love traveling, as it allows me to discover and value the diverse cultures and traditions the world offers. As I study about concerning topics related to nutrition, I found out that 60% of the student body in UC Berkeley alone experiences food insecurity. This propelled me to become more passionate in discovering how to improve the global health.

 

 

Ella Griffith, Food Waste Reduction Coordinator 
Freshman | Environmental Policy | ellak.griff@berkeley.edu

Ella Griffith, Food Waste Reduction Coordinator

Hello all!! I’m Ella working as the Food Waste Reduction Coordinator, one of the newest additions to the Cal Dining Sustainability team. Having been raised on a small, organic home farm, food sustainability has always played a large role in my life. Throughout my work with a variety of environmental programs, I am constantly inspired by my peers outside-of-the-box thinking in their mission to improve and protect the planet. My goal is to help students at Berkeley feel more connected to the problem of food waste and therefore take greater responsibility in their own roles in reduction. Outside of this team, I work with School Garden Network, a nonprofit in Sonoma County that aims to help fund and support garden and food nutrition programs in local schools. In the future, with a degree in Environmental and Public Policy, I hope to go into legislative work to help implement sustainability education in the United States. 

 

 

Visit the SERC blog for more updates from the Cal Dining Sustainability Team! 
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