Meet the Sustainability Team!
Nicole Antonopoulos (she/her) | Sustainability Director
Contact information: email@example.com, 928-213-2149/ 928-814-6990
Projects: Nicole currently serves as the Sustainability Director. She works to develop effective programs and policies that catalyze long-term sustainability. She is responsible for growing the City’s Sustainability Section from the ground up. Nicole oversees the Office’s five program areas including Community Stewards, Climate Action, Energy Systems, Food Systems, and Waste Prevention.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love harvesting more than 2,500 gallons of rainwater off my roof, heating my water from the sun, and composting my food scraps."
Climate and Energy
Jenny Niemann (she/her) | Climate Program Manager
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-213-2150
Projects: Jenny manages the implementation of Flagstaff’s Carbon Neutrality Plan. She works to help City colleagues and community members reduce emissions, make Flagstaff stronger, and improve community equity. She specializes in transportation, land use and green building sustainability issues.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love the freedom that consuming less has given me. It’s given me the permission I needed to say no to things, thrift more, and buy less, and with that I’ve found some peace in our hectic world."
Ramón Alatorre (he/him) | Climate & Energy Coordinator
Contact Information: email@example.com, 928-213-2141
Projects: In addition to helping to advance the development of the Carbon Neutrality Plan, Ramón is also responsible for conducting the annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory as well as overseeing a number of the Climate and Energy Programs including the Residential Energy Rebate Program; the Home Energy Efficiency Workshop series; the residential electrification information hub; as well as spearheading education and collaborative initiatives related to carbon dioxide removal (CDR).
Favorite Sustainable Action: "In the fall of 2021 I got my first e-bike, a machine which has been dubbed “The Emu,” and it is an absolute blast to ride! After installing a cargo box, I can even complete the weekly grocery run using that bird. Not only that, I have figured out that for every 35 miles I ride, I pay about $0.05 in electricity to charge the battery – that’s like paying a nickel per gallon of gasoline!"
Jenna Ortega (she/her) | Climate Engagement Coordinator
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-213-2145
Projects: As the Climate Engagement Coordinator, Jenna’s work involves developing opportunities, programs, and services that encourage community participation and advance climate action. This includes coordinating educational programs such as Climate Ambassadors and Sustainability Leaders; working alongside the community to identify ways to increase inclusiveness and accessibility; creating Advisory Groups to bring local voices into climate planning; and working to strengthen relationships, trust, and accountability between the City and the people, communities, and businesses it serves.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I really love foraging, growing, harvesting, and preserving delicious food!"
Natalie Pierson (she/her) | Community Resilience and Climate Communications Intern
Contact Information: email@example.com, 928-213-2153
Projects: As the Community Resilience and Climate Communications Intern, Natalie is absolutely thrilled to help advance community resilience to climate change and improve communications about Flagstaff sustainability efforts to the public. Additionally, as a Climate Science and Solutions (CSS) Masters Student at Northern Arizona University, Natalie is incredibly excited to help incorporate the CSS program’s community resilience work into city-wide sustainability efforts.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I really enjoy reducing my waste by using re-usable items, composting, consuming less, and buying second-hand!"
Gracie Rechkemmer (she/her) / Youth Climate Leadership VISTA
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-930-9504
Projects: As the 2022-2023 Youth Climate Leadership VISTA with the Flagstaff Sustainability Office, Gracie is partnering with the Flagstaff United School District to empower students to participate in climate action and STEM education opportunities. In her role, she develops programs and resources to increase access to climate leadership opportunities for underserved students and help students develop a passion for sustainable action!
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love foraging for delicious and healthy food items, as well as supporting local growers at the farmers’ market."
Community Stewards, Volunteer Opportunities, and Events
Steve Thompson (he/him) | Volunteer & Event Coordinator
Contact Information: email@example.com, 928-213-2144
Projects: Steve's position focuses on finding ways to support community volunteers by providing equitable and a variety of opportunities throughout the year where they can make a lasting impact on our beautiful community.
He works primarily with the Community Stewards Program (Adopt an Ave/Flagstaff Urban Trail System), Anti-litter, and Community Events Initiatives. In addition, Steve helps coordinate the Sustainability Office's signature community events including Earth Day, Lights Out Flagstaff, Make a Difference Day, Fix-it Clinics, Drop Off Days, Home Energy Efficiency workshops, and assists with any sustainability related events!
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love to walk! Anywhere and everywhere I love to get there by walking...or carpooling....or by using public transportation."
Marissa Molloy (she/her) | Sustainability Coordinator
Contact information: Marissa.firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-213-2152
Projects: Marissa coordinates general office operations and also assists with managing the Community Stewards Program, Neighborhood Sustainability Grants, and the Sustainability Commission.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love to sew and find new lives for previously loved materials. I recently made a skirt out of bedsheets!"
Waste Reduction and Sustainable Food Systems
Kaeli Wells (she/her) | Sustainability Specialist
Contact information: email@example.com, 928-856-4432
Projects: Kaeli develops new and innovative ways of supporting the ReThink Waste Plan. In her role, she coordinates recycling, composting, and waste diversion programming for the City of Flagstaff. Current initiatives include the "Trash Less, Save More!" pilot program in Ponderosa Trails, Drop-off Days, Fix-it Clinics, and the Flagstaff Sustainability Leaders course.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I love recreating responsibly by practicing the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. My favorite principle is "#3: Dispose of Waste Properly", also known as “Pack it in, Pack it out”."
Summer White (she/her) | Waste Reduction & Food Systems Coordinator
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-213-2146
Projects: As the Waste Reduction and Food Systems Coordinator, Summer assists with the implementation of community-wide efforts that support the intersection of achieving zero waste and creating more localized, equitable, and sustainable access to food. She supports an effort to reduce overall consumption and waste through increased education around existing recycling services and several composting pilot programs. Additionally, Summer coordinates engagement opportunities through the Community Garden Program and Urban Farm Initiative that aim to promote increased access to locally produced foods.
Favorite Sustainable Action: "No surprise here, composting! I love watching this natural break down process unfold in such a short amount of time. Composting can reduce waste in the landfill while also revitalizing soils! I'm hooked, especially as a gardener."
Jacob Raatz (he/him) | Sustainable Food Systems VISTA
Contact Information: email@example.com, 928-213-2158
Projects: Jake Raatz is the 2022 Sustainable Food Systems VISTA for the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Office. He is thrilled to start contributing new ideas towards our amazing community gardens, compost hubs, and social media campaigns!
Favorite Sustainable Action: "I totally adore riding my bike to work and around town whenever I can."