The Sustainability & Energy division believes that sustainability is a service. They are responsible for benchmarking performance across 282 buildings, managing utility procurement (including access to renewable energy), and leading strategy to fund and execute operational initiatives that will help the University achieve its commitment to carbon neutrality and improved local air quality.
Associate Director, Sustainability and Energy
With a uniquely-broad blend of experience in business management and engineering, Chris has been able to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption across 58 million square feet of buildings while saving millions of dollars in operational costs per year. Since the beginning of 2017, Chris has been managing the University of Utah’s Facilities Sustainability & Energy (S&E) division.
Chris has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the David Eccles School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah. He is a licensed engineer (PE), certified energy manager (CEM), LEED accredited professional (LEED AP), and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB).
He is particularly driven by the powerful win-win of energy efficiency as it drives down operational costs while improving local air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
With a diverse background in engineering, Steven provides leadership and technical expertise to support the University’s energy and sustainability goals. He is leading commissioning, validation, process development, and savings/efficiency projects across campus.
Steven recently received his Professional Engineering (PE) license and Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) certification. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah and has over a decade of valuable experience in the industry. Steven has realized significant savings, efficiency gains, market expansion, and quality improvements throughout his career, achieving millions of dollars of increased revenue and savings.
Steven is proud to be supporting the University of Utah in a team that is making a positive impact on campus and the local environment.
SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER
In her role as Senior Project Engineer, Lissa brings together stakeholders to identify and prioritize campus-scale opportunities for carbon reduction. She develops the high-ranking projects to a shovel-ready state and provides technical support to those projects throughout their life cycle.
Lissa has a degree in Civil Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Lissa's professional experience spans design, construction, and project management for various utilities. She has worked as an engineering consultant for municipal wastewater treatment in the Washington DC area and in compressor station design for midstream natural gas based out of Houston. Lissa has also served as a field engineer on-site in Danville, Kentucky and enjoys seeing construction bring ideas to life.
Lissa is passionate about working with other people to make the world a better place. She enjoys learning languages (working on Swedish now!) and discussing sustainability and social issues.
SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT COORDINATOR
Bill coordinates utility incentives for construction projects, calculates campus utility rates, serves as a subject matter expert for lighting and lighting controls and has ownership of campus metering hierarchies and exterior lighting database.
He has worked in Sustainability and Energy at the University of Utah since 2012, focusing primarily on lighting and lighting controls.
Bill holds an Associate Degree in Energy Management from Salt Lake Community College. He also has a BS Degree in Film and Television Production from Montana State University with 35 years of experience as an editor and production manager.
Geri delivers reports on University of Utah sustainability and energy performance to building managers and their teams across campus, publicizes S&E successes and lessons learned, and is the steward of performance data.
Geri holds an Associate’s degree in Energy Management from Salt Lake Community College. She first joined the University in 2015.
She is proud to be a contributing member of the Sustainability and Energy team that is doing such important work on campus, and is particularly motivated by the need to make a difference on the environment.
Phil is responsible for making sure that all University buildings are metered correctly and all communication and acquisition devices are properly connected. He ensures meter data is being collected and accuracy has been verified.
Following an education in Industrial Electricity, Phil graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S in Electrical Engineering, including a focus in Power. After working for the power company, as a Meter Engineer, Phil joined the University of Utah Facilities Management in 2015. He is fluent in French, Lingala and Tshiluba.
He has been interested in studying electricity since, a young boy, growing up in Kinshasa. Phil’s greatest passion is football (the real football… soccer). Although he doesn’t play as much as he used to, he spends most of his weekends taking his three boys their games.
Pete is responsible for the collection of the field meter reads, data entry and verifying of assets. Validates data accuracy, commissioning & energy auditing, lighting auditing for existing building/systems.
Currently enrolled at SLCC in energy management /accounting and lighting
Proud to be a part of the sustainability & energy team
Joan has a mixed background, combining electronic projects for an electrical metering company, business management, and as a system engineer for a semiconductor company. Joan recently graduated with a Masters of Science of Information Systems from the University of Utah, which with his Electronic Engineering Bachelor's degree, makes him an excellent fit for the Facility Management team.
Joan is working on building a new system for the team, including the backend (database) and the frontend (application - user interface). This new system will supply the department with reliable and updated information, providing countless possibilities for data analysis expanding improvements and insights about university utilities.
Joan is passionate about technology and innovations, bringing new ideas and creative solutions to projects.
Senior Energy engineer
Sean is strengthening the teams’ engineering support, including responsibilities with the development of new improvement projects, HVAC guidelines, and the evaluation of technology changes essential to reach the University’s commitment to carbon neutrality.
Sean is passionate about improving the lives of others in current and future generations through sustainable practices. He is excited to help the University of Utah become a carbon-neutral university and improve the air quality in the greater Salt Lake area. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and over 10 years of experience working in a variety of technical roles. Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and LEED accredited professional (LEED AP BD+C).
Sean enjoys baking and cooking in his free time. Sean claims to bake a fantastic beet chocolate cake with a whipped cream cheese frosting and cherry topping, and hopefully he will be sharing his talents soon.