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Jay Price

Sustainability Manager

jayprice@utk.edu
865-974-3480

Jay Price has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Bioregional Planning from Utah State University, as well as an MBA from the University of Memphis. Jay was the Recycling Education Coordinator at Utah State University for three years prior to arriving at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. Jay started out as the Environmental Coordinator at UT, coordinating the budding recycling program and the residence hall sustainability competition. As the program evolved to include more staff, AmeriCorps members, student workers, Solid Waste Management, Universal Waste management, and the UT Composting Facility, Jay was promoted to Recycling Manager in 2013. With the merger of UT Recycling and the Office of Sustainability, Jay was promoted to Sustainability Manager in 2019.



Khann Chov

Khann Chov

Recycling Supervisor

kchov@utk.edu

Khann received a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Chinese from the University of Tennessee.  After graduating from UT in 2004, she began two years of service with AmeriCorps, focusing on waste reduction and water quality education in Knox County Schools.  She served at Beardsley Community Farm as its director and farm manager for eleven years before joining the Office of Sustainability in November 2019 to oversee its recycling and zero waste initiatives. She is excited and proud to join the Office of Sustainability, to continue working with students, AmeriCorps members, and dedicated staff to help the university reach its sustainability goals.



Wayne Mason in a selfie with the compost site in the background.

Wayne Mason

Compost Operations Specialist

wmason6@vols.utk.edu

Wayne spent his first 17 years growing up in Fort Worth, Texas before enlisting in the US Navy in 2011. He went to the Naval Nuclear Power Training school for two and a half years, specializing in aircraft carrier reactor technology,  hazardous materials training, and mechanical engineering. Afterward, he was stationed onboard the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, operating in an engineering setting in the pacific. After being medically retired in 2015, he and his wife moved to Knoxville, TN to pursue civilian life and start a family. Wayne initially began work as a stonemason, operating heavy equipment and training to become a foreman until medical reasons forced him to leave the construction field in 2017. He then began studying in physics at UT, but found a passion for sustainability as a student worker for UT’s Compost Site. When the position to supervise the compost operations presented itself, Wayne jumped on the opportunity to transform the muddy Compost Site into a proper Compost Facility. He is excited to bring awareness and much-needed improvements to UT’s composting program.



Cassie Austin

Academic Engagement Specialist

causti14@utk.edu

Cassie is originally from Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Environmental Engineering in 2019. In college, she was involved with various environmental organizations, including the Sustainability Stewards and Food Recovery Network. This year, she hopes to further develop the Sustainability Internship Program and help students find a passion for sustainability no matter what degree they are pursuing. She is passionate about environmental education and loves to teach others about how to recycle and compost. When not working, she enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, and finding good deals while thrift shopping.



Rachel Manning

Zero Waste Coordinator

rmannin8@utk.edu

Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Maryville College and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from American University. Rachel recently moved back to East Tennessee after spending a few years in Washington, DC working in communications. She is excited to join the Office of Sustainability to help further UT’s zero waste initiatives. Rachel is passionate about environmental education and low-waste living, and believes non-toxic and organic products should be accessible to all. When she’s not working, she loves to hike in the Smokies, read and hang out with her cat, Peanut.



Amber Heeke

Social Impact Coordinator

lheeke@vols.utk.edu

Amber Heeke, a proud Knoxville native, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with bachelor’s degrees in French, Spanish, and Global Studies, with a concentration in politics and economy. She’s delighted to have the opportunity to support and improve her hometown as part of the Sustainability team. Amber considers herself an advocate of local produce and products for a healthy community and environment, and her history in restaurant service has resulted in a particular interest in food insecurity, food systems, and delicious food in general. As the Social Impact Coordinator, she is dedicated to raising awareness about hunger on campus and doing everything in her power to divert good food and items from landfill destinations to students who find themselves in need.



Student Assistants

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