Office of Sustainability Student Staff

Iris Fabrizio first attended UAF in 2005 before the Office of Sustainability had been created. When she returned in the fall of 2013 she was excited to see the progress that the office had made on campus and was eager to become a part of the team as an Office Assistant. She performs various tasks including website upkeep, project coordination, event planning, and many other long and short term duties that come up in the office. Iris is pursuing a Bachelor's in the Natural Science's. In her free time she enjoys creating art, reading, writing, arithmetic, traveling, the outdoors, fantastic adventures and coffee.

I'm Richard Parker and I'm working as a projects assistant. I started as a freshman here at UAF back in fall of 2011 after growing up and going to school in Edina, Minnesota. I'll be graduating spring 2016 majoring in economics, with minors in history and finance. I've always had a passion for sustainability, thanks largely to my upbringing with two hippies as parents. I started work in this office early 2014 as a recycler and really enjoy making this campus become more sustainable. In my free time I enjoy anything outdoors, nerding out with friends, and the Pub! 

Hello! My name is Rodney Carpluk and I am a student worker at UAF. I already have one degree, but I am seeking a more applicable degree. I enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time with my family. I love to travel and to meet new people and see new places. I enjoy helping others and doing good work. The Office of Sustainability is a great place to do both of those.

Michaela Swanson graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN with double majors in biology and environmental studies and worked for the Department of Environmental Services in Minneapolis before enrolling in graduate school (Biology and & Wildlife) at UAF in August of 2008.  She first got involved in the Office of Sustainability through a RISE Board grant that she co-authored to start the Green Bikes program. Michaela served 3 years (2010-2013) on the RISE Board and the Board’s Recycling Sub-committee before joining the OoS office to work on the Zero Waste and other sustainability initiatives on campus. When not on campus, Michaela can be found out with friends cooking, canoeing, and hiking, in the pool or spending time at the Campus Community Garden.

My name is Dallon Knight and I am a bicycle mechanic with OoS. I have worked here since May 2013 and have been in Alaska since August 2012. I am a chemistry major here at UAF and plan on being a pharmacist. I love to ride bikes, fish, hang out, and play board games. Working at OoS has been fun. It is great to be able to help people with their bikes, and give those who don’t have a bike something to ride.

It was the chilling February of  2015 when he appeared out of the icy fog to aid in Green Bikes mission of maintaining and fixing the vast variety of rental bikes, as well as student and community members two-wheeled wonders of uber efficient transportation. Born in the heart of NoWheresVill, Washington, one Peter Johnson was raised into proficiency in cattle handling and farming, as well as educated first hand in the make-it-work field of mechanics. In 2011 he moved to Alaska, and graduated from West Valley High in 2014 after realizing the frustrating redundancies of high school. When not in the shop or in class, he can be found playing any variety of games, cursing, reading, or, on extreme occasions, even sleeping.

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Alexander (Xander) Bergman was pleased to be hired during the summer of 2011 to assist with UAF’s first ever Carbon Footprint Report and the Nanook Grown Student Farm. With interests in ecology and the field of Natural Resources management in general, he enters the campus scene fresh from the creation of a recycling program at his high school, West Valley. Alexander is also a volunteer at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center and Turning Light Farm.

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