University at Albany

Our Office

Our office is located in CS 15 (corridor between Arts & Sciences and Fine Arts). We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm during the academic year, with extended hours on Wednesday unitl 7:30pm, and Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm in the summer. 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.


Cassidy Drasser

Assistant Director of Sustainability

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 the 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 fourth year in the Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy Master's Program. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, eating healthy, and most of all, playing with cats!

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Brad Hershenson

Sustainability Fellow

Brad is a second year Master's student in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University. His studies are focused on transportation, community development, and environmental land-use planning. He is an advocate for civic engagement who enjoys working with students and promoting academic success. As an alumnus of the World of Well-being and Fitness Living Learning Community he has always had a passion for living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. As a passionate New York Knicks fan he loves to play basketball, ride his bike, and be outdoors.

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Dylan Card

Special Projects Coordinator

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 has severed in various chair positions from Events Chair to Administrative Chair, as well as President of UAlbany Students for Sustainability. Currently Dylan sits on the UAS Board and is the President of the Graduate Student Association.

When he is not working, he loves hiking and traveling. He is currently a PhD student studying Atmospheric Science.

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Grace McGrath

Sustainability Blogger

Grace McGrath is a business major and education minor.  She will be graduating in 2021.  Grace grew up in Ithaca, New York.  As a sophomore at the University at Albany, she is involved on campus in the Office of Career and Professional Development, Women Excelling in Business, and Women in Positions of Power.  In addition, Grace interns for the Office of Sustainability as a blogger and at Careers On The Move as a social media marketing intern.  What she likes about blogging about sustainability is that it involves research and giving readers tips.

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Johanna Hernandez

Communications and Social Media Intern

My name is Johanna Hernandez, I am a current senior at the University at Albany, majoring Public Health and minoring in French. I was born and raised in one of the best cities in the world-- New York City. I'm a lover of creative outlets and spend most of my Saturday mornings thrifting. A fun fact about me, I a full time blogger and love to capture my adventures through photography and cinematography.


Lois Tang

Recycling Coordinator

Lois is an academic-year exchange student from National Taiwan University, and she is currently a senior majoring in Atmospheric Sciences. Studying the impact of land-use change on climate for more than one year, she cares about the environment and puts it into practice by joining this team. As the Recycling Coordinator, she leads volunteers to help collect bottles and cans at football games, which strengthens our effort in protecting the environment game by game.

Her love for travel and experiencing different cultures are among the reasons that bring her here. Besides traveling, she also loves hip-hop dancing and playing the electric guitar.

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Kyle Lininger

Operations Manager

I am currently sophomore at the University at Albany. I am from Potomac, Maryland which is about 40 minutes from Washington, DC and about a 6 and half hour drive from the University. I am currently majoring in chemistry with a computer science minor. As the Operations Assistant, I will be conducting energy and water meter reads throughout the campus, gathering compost and recycling Inkjets. My interest in environmental sciences and sustainability stems from my father who introduced me to several components of the environment and sparked my interest in sustainability through several outdoor activities. When I’m not working I enjoy fishing, video games, hiking, and repairing and fixing computers.
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Ryan Knight

Student Assistant

I major in Urban Planning & Public Policy (with a concentration in Environmental Policy) and minors in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Sustainability.

I grew up in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, close to the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, where I developed a deep love and appreciation for the natural environment and the animals that inhabit it.

A fun fact about me is that I love to repurpose old items and give them new life, like making stickers and collages with my extensive collection of old National Geographic Magazines, as well as modifying second-hand clothes to fit my style.

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Ashley Barcia

New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education / Programming Intern

Ashley is a Junior majoring in Political Science and double minoring in International Affairs and Sutainability. Ashley has been a part of the sustainability movement since Middle School when she attended Metropolitan Expedition Learning School in Queens, NY. Since then she has been expanding her knowledge and creating her own sustainability projects at University at Albany’s campus.

Ashley’s interest within sustainability focus around reducing inequalities and promoting sustainable cities and communities. A fun fact about her is she spent her summer reducing food waste in her family’s hometown in Manta, Ecuador. In the office she works on creating fun programs to engage the UAlbany community in sustainability. Along with being the New York State Higher Education Service Corporation intern. Ashley hopes to merge all her interest together to promote sustainability on a International scale!