University at Albany

Our Office

Our office is located in Business Administration 309 (the old business building). We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm during the academic year, and Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the summer. On Tuesdays we will be open until 8:00 pm. We can be reached by phone at (518) 442-2592 or by email at

Our dedicated staff members assist in implementing campus-wide engagement initiatives, developing new programs, and creating communication materials. Our office offers opportunities for students to volunteer and receive credit through the Community and Public Service Program. Contact us at the beginning of each semester if interested.


Mary Alexis Leciejewski

Program Assistant

Mary Alexis joined the UAlbany Office of Environmental Sustainability as the Program Assistant in February 2013. She works to engage the campus comminuty in sustainability efforts and promote personal behavioral changes. In the office, she manages the student staff, communications, and special programming. She holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. When outside of the office, Mary Alexis spends her time hiking and hopes to one day join the ranks as an Adirondack Forty-Sixer.

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Jeremy Grunstra

Cassidy Drasser

Graduate Assistant

Cassidy has been involved in the development and advancement of the sustainability movement at UAlbany for the last five years. Since her sophomore year, she has helped implement various alternative transportation initiatives on campus as the Alternate Transportation Chair on the Sustainability Council. She has served as President for UAlbany Students for Sustainability and is currently the President and co-founder for UAlbany Graduate Students for Sustainability. In April 2014, she received the prestigious "Terra Award" for her active involvement and leadership in promoting sustainability at UAlbany. Cassidy is currently in her second year in the Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy Master's Program. She enjoys reading, working out and eating healthy, and most of all, playing with cats.

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Dylan Card

Operations Manager

Dylan has been a part of the sustainability movement since he was a freshman resident in the Living Learning Community. During his first semester, he became deeply interested in food issues and successfully advocated for more local food options in the dining halls. Dylan then became a member of the self-named “core four," with Tom McCarty, Jess Ranni and Sean Taylor, after they became very active in the Sustainability Council and the Living and Learning Community. For a year and a half, he served as the Events Chair on the Student Sustainability Council and looks forward spending his junior year serving as one of the Intercollegiate Chairs, as well as President of UAlbany Students for Sustainability.

When he is not working, he loves being outdoors- running, hiking or just sitting and listening to the sounds of nature.

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Nadia Rodriguez

Programming Intern

Treasurer of UAlbany Students for Sustainability

Nadia became involved with sustainability first through UAlbany Students for Sustainability (USS) during her sophomore year. As Recycling Chair for the Sustainability Council her junior year, she helped lead a recycling bin project in the University Library. Nadia also helped ensure sustainability was practiced at the annual Trashion Fashion event. She received a Terra Award for her efforts as Recycling Chair with the Library and Trashion Fashion. Nadia currently serves as Treasurer for both USS and UAlbany Outdoors. She is the Programming Assistant for the Office of Environmental Sustainability, where she helps oversee the Sustainability Collaborative, and delivers programming in the quads, LLC, and other areas on campus. In addition, Nadia also helps this year’s Recycling Chairs with recycling at home sports games and conducting audits in the library.

Nadia is currently a senior in the Honors Program in Biology and minor in Sustainability. She is working on her honors thesis in biology, where she researches the effects of grazing on tick abundance, tick borne diseases, and livestock health. She works for a veterinary hospital in Bethlehem and interns for New York State Parks. Nadia enjoy working out, eating healthy, and watching movies—when she actually has the time to relax! But through it all, she loves what she does!

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Nicholle Gregor

Communications Intern

President of UAlbany Students for Sustainability

Nicholle jumped into the sustainability movement at the start of her freshman year when she approached the then president of USS with the question "what is sustainability?" Since then Nicholle has made great strides serving as the Community Chair on the student sustainability council since her sophomore year, graduating from Vice President to President of UAlbany Students for sustainability, Vice President of UAlbany Outdoors, Treasurer of UAlbany Grow Green, the community assistant for the World of Environmental Sustainability L-LC, and helping create coherent brand for the Sustainability office. In Fall 2015, Nicholle received the Terra Award for her high involvement with the sustainability initiatives on and off campus. 

Aside working a part-time job at Fresh Healthy Cafe Nicholle enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and most importantly, sleeping. 

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