Meet our 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!
|Halli Carde, Graduate assistant
Hallie Carde' is a second year masters candidate in the Masters of Public Health: Health Promotion, Education and Behavior program at USC. Though a Columbia native, she also finds a home in the mountains of western North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Global Studies and a concentration in Peace, Conflict and Human Rights in 2012. A post-grad internship at an environmental non-profit fed her passion for conservationism and sustainable practices in all aspects of life. She is happy to share this passion in her work at Sustainable Carolina where she finds herself lucky to work with incredible colleagues and inspiring interns to plan campus-wide programs and events.
Hallie's Green Tip: Human-powered transportation is great for both Mother Earth and you! When the sun is shining, treat yourself to a nice ride or stroll to work. By the time you arrive, you'll be energized for the day and your low-impact mode of travel will leave you feeling good about yourself from the inside out!
|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.
|Dakota Deluca, Graduate assistant
Dakota attended undergraduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She pursued her B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is now pursuing her Master’s Degree of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. She is a Graduate Assistant at Sustainable Carolina where she works with undergraduate interns in planning educational events about sustainability.
Dakota's Favorite Quote: “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space” –Stephen Hunt
|Hayley Efland, Assistant Director for Leadership & Outreach
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.
|Jimmy Gahagan, Associate Director
As the Director for Student Engagement at the University of South Carolina, Jimmie also helps with student engagement intatives in the Office of Sustainability. He has presented and published widely on topics that concern residential learning initiatives, the first-year experience, academic advising, leadership development, the sophomore year experience, spirituality, and student retention. In 2009, Jimmie received his Ph.D in Higher Education, from the University of South Carolina. He also has a M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond.
|Michael Koman, Director of the Office of Sustainability
Michael Koman has led the University’s sustainability initiatives since 2008 and has worked on sustainability issues at the University since 2001. He has over 25 years of experience working in the environmental field including past positions with Fortune 500 companies and the Department of Defense. He has been responsible for many of the sustainability initiatives on campus and oversees the University’s efforts related to advancing sustainability in academics, operations an engagement. Michael has led the University’s green building initiative since 2002 resulting in 16 green buildings and growing. He is regularly sought out to provide training and teach on sustainability issues across the country. Michael is completing his doctorate in Education Administration at USC and earned his BA from Millersville State University and his master’s in Earth & Environmental Resource Management from USC.
|Namita M. Koppa, Assistant Director of Program Management
After a few years away from Columbia, Namita returned in 2014 to work with Sustainable Carolina on campus sustainability planning and reporting. Trained as an environmental cartographer, Namita geeks out on spreadsheets and enthusiastically chats about the UofSC’s many sustainability initiatives. Away from her desk, Namita can be found dancing, running, practicing yoga, perfecting her cooking skills, traveling here and there, and cheering on the Duke University Blue Devils.
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.
|Rebecca Littlefield, Graduate assistant
Originally from Damascus, Maryland, Rebecca graduated in 2014 from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Family Science. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs here at USC. After being heavily involved with her sorority at the University of Maryland, Rebecca loves being able to help Sustainable Carolina interns develop leadership skills. Rebecca works primarily with the marketing team for Sustainable Carolina. She has to give a shoutout to her mom for being the "greenest" lady she knows.
Rebecca's Favorite Quote: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
|Allie Mason, Garden Coordinator
Allie recently graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a French minor. She now works at Sustainable Carolina, coordinating volunteer and education opportunities for interns and other students in the Carolina Community Farm & Garden. Her passion for sustainable nutrition and holistic health care led her down this path to sustainable agriculture. She is also well on her way to becoming a certified Nutritional Therapist! Come and join Allie digging in the dirt or interact during a group cooking class.
Allie’s Green Tip: Eat local! By choosing to eat local, seasonal, sustainably produced food, you’re going to get the greatest amount of nutrients while reestablishing the connection between producer and consumer, reducing pollution and fossil fuel consumption, and supporting local business.