Linda Kogan is the Sustainability Director for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Linda helped to create her position and to develop the office in 2005. In her tenure, she has directed two comprehensive strategic sustainability planning processes to address the areas of leadership and administration, operations and education. Additionally, Linda works with the Facilities Services Department to manage energy performance funds, develop conservation campaigns, advocate for high performance buildings in new construction, and direct the recycling and waste program.
Previously Linda lectured for the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at (UCCS). She received a B.B.A. in Marketing with a double major in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies at UCCS. Her thesis focused on measuring institutional sustainability, providing an ecological footprint for the University of Colorado and evaluating its incorporation within curriculum. She coordinated the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network offering public seminars, a yearly green development conference, and assistance for local businesses to explore the competitive advantage of sustainability strategies. Linda was the founding co-president of Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS) and is a member of the UCCS Campus Sustainability Committee. She is an advisory board member for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and sits on the Colorado College Sustainability Council. Linda has directed and developed curricula for courses with Outward Bound since 1999 with a strong focus on diverse populations, including youth-at-risk, survivors of violence, and non-profit organizational leadership. While away from the office, Linda can be found climbing Colorado's mountains, telemark skiing, mountain biking, or backpacking in other countries.
Kevin is currently the Assistant Sustainability Director for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and has worked in the Office of Sustainability since 2008. He completed his M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies at UCCS with the thesis "Advancing Sustainability in Higher Education: A Case Study Aligning STARS with the Values of UCCS." Kevin coordinates office projects, performs campus energy, utility, and greenhouse gas emission analysis, directs sustainability measurement and assessment activities, such as AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), and maintains this web site.
Prior to joining the UCCS community, Kevin received his B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in Geography. He worked for six years with the U.S. Bureau of the Census, helping to develop the TIGER files, the foundation for many digital cartographic databases and geographic information systems today. After spending a couple of years traveling around the world, Kevin worked for fifteen years in the computer industry performing mission-critical technical support, computer system engineering and design, and managing a global technical services program. He is a STARS Technical Advisor for AASHE and a member of the Steering Committee of the Pikes Peak Green Cities Coalition (GCC) and the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future (PASF) advisory board. He has volunteered with the Solar Home Tour, Habitat for Humanity, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, trail building projects and he provides free navigation clinics (map, compass, GPS) to local non-profit groups. His passions include renewable energy and alternative home-building techniques, such as straw bale and rammed earth. He is the co-founder of a wind turbine research and development company, Mariah Energy Development Corporation, that designs and manufactures veritcal-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) internationally. When not working, Kevin can usually be found outdoors somewhere -- mountaineering, cycling, kayaking, fly fishing, skiing, or gardening. Inside, he can be found reading about science, history, and philosphy and learning how to be an urban homesteader in the small town where he lives.
Kimberly joins the Office of Sustainability team as the third staff member in her role as Sustainability Program Manager. She recently earned her Masters in Environmental Planning + Design from the University of Georgia in May 2014 with her focus on greenway trail connections within Metro Atlanta and how that would provide infrastructure to create less car-centric cities and improve many aspects of well-being within these communities. Kimberly is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology with a minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies. While attending both of these institutions of higher education, Kimberly was able to work and gain experience in both Offices of Sustainability. She brings a broad knowledge of programming, event organization, volunteer management, and an in-depth background within the recycling industry through her work with the Georgia Recycling Coalition, Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division, and the UGA Center for Community Design + Preservation. While in her junior and senior year at Agnes Scott College, Kimberly was awarded a National Wildlife Federation Fellowship Grant to complete a revitalization of the newly accredited Agnes Scott Arboretum to educate the surrounding community about the many benefits of trees.
New to cold weather sports (and cold weather in general,) Kimberly looks forward to trying out many of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer since she enjoys hiking, camping, flora/fauna identification, biking, and trail running.
Chris is a Junior in the Biochemistry with Secondary Education B.A. program. Chris spent six years on active duty with the U.S. Army and two years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Although hailing from Delaware, Chris has enthusiastically adopted Colorado as his home after duty brought him to Fort Carson in 2009. Between official travel for the government and personal travels with his wife, Olivia, Chris has been to all 50 states and 15 countries. Chris offers his free time to the veteran-based non-profit Team Rubicon, which unites the skills and experiences of veterans with first responders to assist communities in disaster situations. Chris has been on five operations with Team Rubicon, including the organization's responses to Hurricane Sandy in New York City and the flooding in Longmont, Colorado in the Fall of 2013. Chris will never turn down a road trip or a Netflix marathon.
Kami is a graduate of UCCS earning a B.A in Geography and Environmental Studies. With her background and experience as a U.S. Army Topographic Analyst soldier and a Geographic Information System (GIS) Certificate, she enjoys using data to create maps for sharing and education. Kami grew up in Nebraska as a Cornhusker and since enlisting in the military has lived and traveled to many other parts of the world. She started her degree in Environmental Studies at Hawaii Pacific University while living in Oahu and relocated to Colorado Springs to finish her degree at UCCS. With a lifelong passion for enjoying and caring for what earth has to offer she has taken the path towards sustainability. This fall she will be starting her Master's program in Applied Geography at UCCS with a focus on Waste Management. Kami's interests include learning something new every day, connecting with people, volunteering within the community, music, moshing, crafting, and loves enjoying life with friends and family, especially her two wonderful children.
Armand is a UCCS freshman studying Computer Engineering. Born and raised in Pointe Noire, Congo, Armand moved to the United States in January 2011 where he graduated high school in May 2014 from Rampart High. He speaks five different languages, including French, enjoys swimming, soccer, and meeting new people. Armand is passionate about helping others in the community, which is a main reason why he volunteerd at Memorial Hospital for over two years. He has held a lifeguard position at the Garden of the Gods Club and Resort during summer of 2014. In his spare time, Armand volunteers as a photographer for The Congolese American Community (TCAC,) a non-profit organization and plays intramural soccer. Armand understands that being part of sustainability at UCCS helps him see the environment from a different perspective. His future aspirations include attaining a master's degree in software engineering and minoring in French.
David is a senior at UCCS and is studying for a Bachelor’s in Biology. David is also a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, an elite merit-based scholarship and leadership program on campus, and he is currently pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies. David grew up in San Jose, CA, but has spent most of his life in Colorado Springs, and coming from and Asian background, speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. David volunteers with YoungLife, as a YoungLife Leader in the Rampart Range area, where lies his passion of getting to know and mentoring younger students to become leaders in all aspects of their lives, as well as the future. David enjoys climbing 14ers, rock climbing, camping, playing guitar and singing, and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel is a junior pursuing her degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability. She has lived in Colorado all her life and has grown to love the great outdoors. She believes protecting our earth and living sustainably is a crucial role we must all play in society. She also believes that a clean environment is essential to human happiness and well being. Rachel's interests include volunteering, camping, biking, hiking, reading, and creating artwork.
Tori is a sophmore at UCCS pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Major and minors in Sustainable Development and Aerospace Engineering. In the future she hopes to work in green technology, with the aspiration of designing and developing electric powered vehicles. Tori grew up in Hawaii where she developed her love for the environment. On campus she is a part of Phi Sigma Sigma and a member of the Hawaii Club. In her free time she likes to practice yoga, explore Colorado, do Sudoku and watch football.
Mike is a senior at UCCS and is studying for a Bachelor's in Geography and Environmental Studies with a minor is Geology and an undergraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mike received his Associates degree from PPCC in Natural Resource Management. Mike is a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success; and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Mike held an intern position with the City of Colorado Springs pursuing Innovations and Sustainability, Storm Water Drainage education and outreach, and GIS analytics. He also enjoyed a student position with AmeriCorps, CoPIRG's Energy Service Corps preforming energy audits and community education. Mike is the founder and president of the Geology Club and an officer in the Geography and Environmental Studies Club (Geo Club) at UCCS. Mike recently represented UCCS in the Regional World Geography Bowl hosted by the American Association of Geography (AAG).
Mike hails Florida as his home state and owes his love of the earth to the southern lifestyle of living from the land in harmony. Mike loves spending time with his wonderful wife, Sherry. He loves his dogs and being in the great outdoors with his family. When Mike is not educating the community about pollution, geology, and energy and water conservation; he enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, backpacking, truck-camping, fossil hunting, rock hounding, and SONWBOARDING.