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Jay Price (he/him)

Sustainability Manager

jayprice@utk.edu

865-974-3480

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Jay Price has a B.A. degree in Sociology and an M.S. degree in Bioregional Planning from Utah State University, as well as an MBA from the University of Memphis. Jay began his career at UT in 2007 as the Environmental Coordinator in the Facilities Services Department and as the program grew he was promoted to Recycling Manager in 2013. With the merger of UT Recycling and the Office of Sustainability in 2019, Jay was promoted to Sustainability Manager.

Brad Moats (he/him)

Recycling Supervisor

mmoats2@utk.edu

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Brad Moats was born in Knoxville, TN and has lived here all but 1 year. That year was spent living abroad in Iceland working for Icelandic government researching invasive plants such as lupin. Brad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Tusculum University. Brad is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability, pairing the interactive green technology with the real-world practical applications that are on-campus. Brad is committed to making UTK the best recycling program in the United States.

Ella Dohrmann (she/they)

Compost Supervisor

edohrma1@utk.edu

Contact Ella for questions about:

  • Compost Facility tours
  • Compost Collection and Operations
  • Acceptable compost materials
  • Compost research opportunities
  • Compost drop-offs and deliveries

Ella served as an AmeriCorps member in the Compost Logistics Coordinator position at UTK for 2 years and came back to take on the Compost Supervisor role in March 2024. Ella received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. Ella worked as a Sustainable Collections Specialist for Soil Cycle in Montana prior to coming to UT, and also worked as a Compost Processing Manager and Route Driver for Green Heron Compost here in Knoxville prior to taking on the Compost Supervisor role here.

Wyatt Miner (he/him/his)

Zero Waste Coordinator

wminer@vols.utk.edu

Contact Wyatt for questions about:

  • Race to Zero Waste
  • Zero waste events and zero waste game days
  • Sustainable event planning
  • Material consulting

Wyatt studied Geography and Sustainability at the University of Tennessee. Wyatt started out as a student worker in the department, and began working with Americorps in August 2023. His studies have centered around GIS and waste diversion, and he aims to incorporate that knowledge into his work with the Office of Sustainability. In his free time, he has developed a love for traveling after living in a variety of states: Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Utah, Kentucky, and Alaska. After visiting several national parks and seeing various diverse ecosystems, Wyatt felt the need to pursue education related to the upkeep of our cities and surrounding environments.

Samantha Daulton (she/her/hers)

Grow Lab Coordinator

Contact Samantha for questions about:
  • All things related to UTK’s community garden space, the Grow Lab
  • Arbor Day and Earth Day/Week/Month events
  • Organizing stream and land clean-up events on campus
  • Experiential environmental education (K-12 and university)
Samantha graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2022 with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy and minors in Political Science and History. She moved to Knoxville in January 2023 to work with the Office of Sustainability and is looking forward to exploring the city and the nearby national park. In her free time, Samantha enjoys embroidering, water coloring, hiking, and hanging out with her beautiful cat, Horseshoe.

Adam Barbian

Data Analyst and Office Administrator

abarbian@vols.utk.edu

Contact Adam for questions about:

  • University greenhouse gas emissions
  • The “Green Fee” (Student Environmental Initiatives Committee)
  • The Committee on the Campus Environment (CCE)
  • P.O.W.E.R. Challenge

Adam studied Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. He moved back to Knoxville in 2023 from Madison, Wisconsin. A passionate advocate for sustainability, Adam looks forward to being a valuable resource for the department this year. In his free time, Adam loves going out for trivia, cooking, traveling, and seeing live music.

Kori Myers

Academic Engagement Coordinator

kmyers2@utk.edu

Contact Kori for questions about:

  • Class presentations about the Office of Sustainability
  • Office of Sustainability Internship Program
  • Residence Hall Sustainability Representatives Program
  • Sustainability Ambassador Program
  • Academic presentations
  • Sustainability Symposium
  • Volunteer opportunities
Kori moved back to Knoxville after graduating with her Ph.D. in 20th and 21st Century French and Spanish Peninsular Literatures from the University of Alabama. Her Alma Mater is The Florida State University. She is new to the field of Sustainability, but has always been environmentally conscious and alarmingly concerned about climate change. She enjoys immensely working with the student interns at the Office of Sustainability, as well as conducting presentations to classes across campus to educate students about the importance of the Office of Sustainability. She is an avid pool player and an insatiable reader. She loves her two pitbulls and three cats beyond measure.

Brian Robertson

Zero Waste Operations Specialist

brober59@utk.edu

  • Pallet route and collection
  • Material consulting
  • Recycling work requests
  • Assists the Zero Waste Coordinator in job duties and functions

Maggie Atchley (she/her/hers)

Social Impact Coordinator

matchle6@utk.edu

Contact Maggie for questions about:

  • All things related to the UTK Free Store, including open hours, pop-ups, donations, and partnerships/collaborations!
  • UT Sustainability’s newsletter, the Greenleaf
  • UT Sustainability social media
  • Food recovery operations on campus and expanding current recovery efforts
Maggie graduated from Furman University in December 2022 with a Bachelors of Sciences in Sustainability Sciences and minor in LatinX and Latin American Studies. She looks forward to using her position overseeing the Free Store and on-campus food recovery to further educate students on responsible consumption, divert waste from landfills, and repurpose existing resources to help students, faculty, and staff meet their basic needs. In her free time, Maggie enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, cooking, and filling up her camera roll with photos of her dog Sophie.    

David Brown

Recycling Truck Driver

David Brown started at UT in 1968 and became the first full-time dedicated Recycling Truck Driver taking on that role in 2006. He retired from full-time service in 2014 with nearly 46 years of service. He returned as a part-time retiree shortly after retirement and continues driving the recycling truck 3 nights a week.

 

 

 

 

 

Student Assistants

 

Grow Lab Team:

Taylor Swann

Mandy Boggs

Corrin Vaughn

 

Free Store Team:

Daria Baker

Jaycie Ford

Emily Amann

Nathaniel Pfeiffer

Lila Hilizah

Katy Conner

Talia Armoza

Data Team:

Yupapone Phetsavong

 

Outreach Team:

Ayva Dorris

Reace Hummell

Chloe Martin

 

Compost Team:

Marguerite Oakey

Duncan McNamara

Polly Reed

Joshua Hyde

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling

Operations Team:

Katelyn Cloud

Jonah Harris

Conner Shrader

Ixy Barnes

Giselle Zarate

Kathryn Hart

 

Academic Engagement Team: