Linda Kogan

Sustainability Director

Linda Kogan, DirectorLinda Kogan is the Sustainability Director for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Linda helped to create her position and to develop the office 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 Gilford

Assistant Sustainability Director

Kevin Gilford, Assistant DirectorKevin 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.

Chris Epps

Recycling Program Supervisor


Kami McFall

Zero Waste Coordinator

Kami McFallKami 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.

David Maxon

Volunteer Coordinator

David MaxonDavid 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 Shaffer

Graphic Designer

Rachel ShafferRachel 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 Roybal

Water and Energy Outreach Coordinator

Tori RoybalTori 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.




Michael Core

Water and Energy Outreach Coordinator

  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 education the community about pollution, geology, and energy and water conservation; he enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, backpacking, truck-camping, fossil hunting, rock hounding, and SONWBOARDING.