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Meet Our Staff

Meet our Staff

Hayley Efland, Assistant Director for Student Engagement
Hayley graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland with a B.S. in Geography and Mathematics, and from the University of South Carolina with a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. As the Assistant Director for Leadership and Engagement, she supports all student-led initiatives within the office, focusing on leadership development. Sometimes Hayley likes to bring her dog Louie to the office; he loves the attention he gets while playing with everyone!

Hayley’s Green Tip: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. Get crafty! Upcycling your goods can bring new life to them and is fun.

Laura Galloway, Graduate Assistant
Laura is a second year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at USC. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her hobbies include cooking, yoga, hiking, and all things coffee.

Laura’s Green Tip
: Shop around the edges of the grocery store. Foods are less processed and less packaged, which benefits you and the environment. Bring your own reusable bags for an even more sustainable experience!
Matt Kip, Farm and Gardens Manager
Matt grew up outside Columbia, SC playing in a vast tract of forest, then watched it being bulldozed to make way for development. This experience instilled in him concern for the collision course modern consumer culture and wild nature are on. When introduced to the concept of permaculture in 2004, it was the system of design for which he’d been searching: a way to begin to reconcile the basic needs of people with the well-being of nature. He trained in permaculture design and began a teaching apprenticeship at Earthhaven Ecovillage in NC in 2006. He went on to design and co-manage Sustainable Carolina’s permaculture-inspired community garden, and has now returned to assume the Manager role. When Matt is not teaching or gardening, he wrangles three small children and makes art.

Matt’s Green Tip
: If you're growing a garden, get your groceries in paper bags. When you've emptied them, flatten them and lay them over your paths. Overlap them by 6" and cover them in a couple inches of wood chip mulch to keep paths tidy and slow the intrusion of weeds.

Namita M. Koppa, Assistant Director of Program Management
Raised in Irmo, SC, Namita works with the Office of Sustainability on campus sustainability planning and reporting. Trained as an environmental cartographer, Namita geeks out on spreadsheets and enthusiastically chats about UofSC's many sustainability initiatives. Away from her desk, Namita can be found dancing, practicing yoga, hiking through national parks, perfecting her cooking skills, traveling at home and overseas, and cheering on the Duke University Blue Devils. She completed her M.A. Development Studies as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Leeds, UK, and she earned her A.B. Environmental Science and Policy and minor in Dance as a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar at Duke University.

Namita’s Green tip:
Keep your head and heart in alignment! Sustainability is part doing what makes sense (sometimes dollars and cents!) and part doing the right thing.

Ivy Sibley, Graduate Assistant
Ivy graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications. She is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at USC. Ivy loves plants, hiking, coffee, reading and quality time!

Ivy’s Green Tip: Always look for farmers markets in your area so you can buy local.
Erin York, Graduate Assistant
Erin York graduated with her Bachelor's in English in 2012 from the University of Missouri--Kansas City. She brings several years of higher education experience with her to USC, where she is pursuing her Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Part of her higher education experience comes from serving in AmeriCorps for two years, building sustainable programming at colleges in Connecticut. Aside from work and school, Erin enjoys writing, running, traveling, and volunteering.

Favorite Quote: "The trouble is, you think you have time." --Buddha

Our Partner Staff

Margaret Bounds, Sustainability Coordinator for Housing
Margaret comes to USC from Carlisle, a small town in central Pennsylvania. After completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from Barnard College in 2008, she spent a year in Norwich, England completing a MSc in Environment and International Development. Her undergraduate and graduate research focused on water; first examining arsenic contamination in Bangladesh and then irrigation water use in developing countries. She joined the Housing staff in 2010. As Coordinator of Environmental Sustainability she oversees the EcoReps, residence hall recycling, Give It Up for Good and other green initiatives in the Housing department.

Margaret’s Green Tip: Many of our residence halls have dual flush toilets to conserve water, so make sure you’re using them correctly. For a little flush, pull the handle up, for a larger flush, push it down. The difference saves almost a gallon of water!
Larry Cook, Recycling Coordinator for USC
Larry Cook is Recycling Coordinator with the USC Faciliities Department, a position he’s held since April 2012. His goals in this position include promoting the responsible use of all resources, improving access to recycling across campus, and helping change the campus culture to value waste reduction over disposability. Don’t be surprised to see him dumpster diving to save reusable and recyclable items from an untimely death in the landfill. Prior to joining the University, Larry was the Executive Director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, a land trust in Chattanooga, TN where he loved to spend time outside in the scenic North Chickamauga Creek Gorge.

Larry’s Green tip: That’s easy: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Make sustainable choices about the things you buy including the packaging. Use the things you purchase to their full value and offer them to others for reuse or recycle them when you’re done.

Alia McAdams, EcoReps Program Coordinator
Alia graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Leadership Studies Minor. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. She is now the EcoReps Program Coordinator Graduate Assistant and looks forward to working with the EcoReps to promote environmental sustainability around campus!

Favorite quote: "Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses" - Alphonse Karr
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