Office of Sustainability Student Staff

Hannah Hill works at the UAF Green Bikes program, fixing bikes & renting them out to students.She thinks It's the best job ever. In her spare time she volunteers in the local art community & publishes Fairbanks' longest running 'zine W/OMP




Bev O'Donnell


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 sustainable efforts and the progress that the office had made at the UAF campus. She was eager to become a part of the team as an Office Assistant.. She helps with various tasks and projects, including website maintenance, project coordination and event planning. Iris is pursuing a Bachelor's in the Natural Science's and hopes to one day understand the natural world scientifically and help others to understand our relatioinship with our environment. In her free time she enjoys creating art, reading, writing, arithmetic, traveling, the outdoors and fantastic adventures. Her interest in living a sustainable life began at a young age, growing up in the wilderness with an immediate awareness of our impact on our environments, and the effects of our choices. 


Erik Williams, Sustainability Master Plan Student Liaison
Was an active RISE Board member for 1 year, hired in December 2013.
Civil Engineering Major, interested in green housing and design.
Sustainability is what sets life apart from just being a pile of matter. The ability to survive and thrive is the reason there is life so diverse and dispersed though every niche on this beautiful planet. Humans are just now beginning to realize the importance of sustainability, from keeping their communities clean, to their businesses profitable. I believe the genesis of sustainable ideas and mindsets are becoming the zeitgeist of our future!

I enjoy all.


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 Josh Pharris and I am a Recycling Program Representative at the Office of Sustainability.  I have been employed since November 8th when I began my work collecting recycling from all the buildings and dorms on the campus.  I am a Linguistics Major, and I want to work as a professor or translator, or something to do with languages.  I am interested in getting people to recycle properly, and helping people put the right, non-foodstained recycling in each bin. I like to read and study languages in my free time.


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.


Isaac Peacock


Jeff Hennigh


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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