Sustainability Leadership Forum: Social Justice Edition

Career Administrator

Join the Office for Sustainability, the UVA Career Center and the Charlottesville Community for the Sustainability Leadership Forum: Social Justice Edition.  Participate in some or all of these engaging breakout discussions, workshops and networking opportunities and truly connect with current and emerging leaders in sustainability.  RSVP here or on Handshake

10am -10:30  -Registration Arrival and  Continental Breakfast


10:30am -11:30am – Keynote/Kickoff Dr. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper is a diversity strategist and analyst with Critical Diversity Solutions and the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project. Dr. Harper has a PhD in Critical Food Geographies with emphasis in black feminism and critical race theory. She holds a MA in Educational Technologies (emphasis in black feminist theory, social impact, and educational technologies) from Harvard University, where she received the Dean’s Award for her masters thesis work. She earned her BA in feminist geography from Dartmouth College and received the Innovative Thesis award for her work on heterosexism in rural geographies. She has 10+ years career experience as a diversity and inclusion consultant, ranging from curriculum development, to conference planning, to research and reporting, to publishing books and articles. Harper is also an accomplished writer.


11:45am -12:45 Breakout Sessions

Breeze Harper – A Primer on Ethical Consumption Via Critical Race  Feminism

Phoebe Crisman – Careers with Environmental and Social NGOs

  • Phoebe Crisman AIA is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where she teaches design studios and lectures on architectural theory, urbanism and sustainability. Crisman is Director of the Environments + Sustainability concentration of the Interdisciplinary Major in Global Studies in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This breakout will focus on giving tangible pathways to careers that focus on the environment and sustainability.

Charity Pennock   - Renewable Energy and Community Development

  • The Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CvilleREA) is the business association of clean energy companies based in Charlottesville. The organization's mission is to establish Charlottesville as a renewable energy hub in the Southeast. They do this through attracting talent, supporting startups, and advocating for local climate action.  Charity Pennock has spent the majority of her career focused on the intersection of clean energy and economic development with particular experience in advancing and advocating for clean energy businesses. Prior to joining CvilleREA, Charity was the Rhode Island State Coordinator for the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) where she expanded NECEC’s footprint making them the premier business association for RI clean energy companies and the go-to organization for policy makers across the state. Charity received a BA from Covenant College and a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

William Shobe - Climate Change Writing Workshop


  • Professor Shobe splits his time between the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, where he heads up the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. He also teaches a class in environmental economics for the U.Va. Economics Department. His current research includes emission market and auction design, environmental federalism, and Virginia electricity demand forecasting. In 2007, he worked on the team that designed the carbon allowance auctions for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In 2000, Shobe received a Fulbright Fellowship in environmental economics and policy.Before joining UVA, Shobe worked at the Virginia Department of Planning &Budget (DPB), where he coordinated state expenditure forecasts and the economic analysis of state regulations. While at the DPB, Shobe managed the design and implementation of the innovative Virginia NOx allowance auction. He also developed the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website, the first in the nation web site for managing and publicizing state regulatory development. This site received numerous honors.Prior to joining DPB, he taught economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Want a tangible way to help fight climate change in Virginia? Batten students are organizing a blitz campaign to write comment letters to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality about their proposed carbon cap-and-trade plan! A flood of public comments in favor of strong action on climate change will encourage the DEQ to move forward with the plan and more ambitious regulations. 



1:00pm – 2:00pm Networking Lunch Community Partners and Alumni (Featured participants)

  • Spencer Phillips -  Key Log Economics
  • Anna Perry  - Key Log Economics
  • Trip Pollard - Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Erica Stratton - Aegis Environmental
  • Abby Credicott - Dominion Energy
  • Sydney Rubin – Solution Foundry  
  • Elizabeth Stevens – Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
  • Rosina Snow - Virginia Interfaith Power and Light
  • Monica Wilson - Moseley Architects
  • Glenn Telfer - Draper Arden Associates
  • Nicole Schneiter - Aegis Environmental
  • Dana Schneider - UVA Office For Sustainability
  • Krissi Vandenberg - Vegan Action

2:15 -3:15pm  Breakout Sessions 

Samantha Jameson – Sustainable Food Careers

  • Samantha Jameson coordinates Aramark’s sustainable dining program including waste minimization, responsible purchasing, and efficient operations. Mange group of 4 interns, develop marketing strategy, programs and materials. Serve as sustainability liaison between U.Va. Dining and broader UVA sustainability community, and work collaboratively to achieve sustainability goals in accordance with the UVA Sustainability Plan and AASHE STARS

Kate Lecroy - Boosting Inclusivity and Accessibility in Citizen Science

  • Kate LeCroy is a PhD student in the UVA Environmental Sciences Department studying the diversity and ecology of pollinators in Virginia. Kate does this in part by engaging the public in citizen science initiatives. By executing projects that clearly communicate research objectives and then sharing the final results with citizen scientists, Kate seeks to transform citizen science by making the entire scientific method more transparent and accessible to wider audiences.

Todd Niemeier – Service, Sustainability and the Peace Corps

  • Todd is the Community Outreach and Investigation Specialist for the City of Charlottesville Office of Human Rights. From 2007 through 2017, he was the Operations Director for the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) and Farm Manager for the Quality Community Council's QCC Farms project. He has served on the board of the Rivanna Trails Foundation since 2008 and was President from 2013 to 2017.  He has a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Truman State University, and spent his first three years out of college as an Agricultural Extension Volunteer in Peace Corps Bolivia. Todd is committed to bridging social barriers between people of different backgrounds to work toward positive social change and a more equitable society

Rosina Snow - Empowering Sustainable Communities through Faith

  • Virginia Interfaith Power and Light empowers all faith communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve sustainable living. They are a community responding to climate change by gathering, sharing, and advocating ecological wisdom through interfaith collaboration on behalf of current and future generations. Rosina Snow is a student in Wesley Theological Seminary’s M.Div program. She currently resides in Charlottesville, VA with her husband, where she is an intern at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. She is passionate about creation care and tends to organize for faith-based climate action wherever she goes. She has worked on divestment campaigns, taught at climate teach-ins, helped organize marches, founded green teams, and written about climate justice, among other initiatives.

Jeff Boichuck – Marketing Sustainability

  • Professor Boichuk's research interests include the areas of business-to-business marketing, marketing analytics, and sales force effectiveness. Published in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Retailing, his current research portfolio addresses such questions as “Why do salespeople use hard sell tactics?”, “What factors cause salespeople to misread customers’ interest levels?”, and "What do companies ask of the sales function when earnings are short?"

3:30 – 4:15  Breakout Session and Open Networking

Lela Duncan Garner  (UVA Office For Sustainability)  – Getting Green with your Resume

  • Members from UVA's Office for Sustainabilty will be available to review resumes and provide feedback for those who wish to pursue sustainable careers.

Open Networking