Trey McDonald – Sustainability Coordinator
Trey comes to UNCG from the University of Richmond, where he served as that school’s first sustainability coordinator. He has been in the environmental field for over 15 years, both as a whale biologist and environmental scientist. During his time as a wetlands scientist in Florida, he observed the pace and scale of development, and the resulting need for smart growth and green building. He earned his LEED accreditation in 2006, and in 2008, he completed his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida. His thesis focused on sustainability on university campuses, and used USF as a case study. He was also a founding member and co-chair of Emerging Green Builders Chapter at USF. He earned his B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University, and has also studied at the University of British Columbia, the University of Oregon, and Florida Institute of Technology.
Beyond his role at UNCG, Trey enjoys restoring large, expensive things such as houses and cars. He is an avid distance runner, with two marathons to his credit, and is a self-avowed science fiction geek.
Chad Carwein – Sustainability Education & Outreach Specialist
Chad was raised in Greenfield, which is a small suburb east of Indianapolis, IN. Growing up, he spent most of his summers working on his grandparents’ farm located in Frankfort, KY. After high school, Chad received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Spanish Minor from the University of Kentucky in May 2009. In December 2012, he earned a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) with a concentration in Sustainability and Sustainable Development as well as a Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management through a unique dual masters degree program at the nationally ranked Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).
During graduate school, Chad became especially interested in working on campus sustainability programs in order to reduce the environmental impacts of university students, staff, faculty, and operations. Furthermore, he took great pride in leading by example and sharing his knowledge with others through education and outreach activities because, in his opinion, that is the best way to foster sustainable behavior as well as a long-range vision and culture for sustainability both on and off campus. Outside of the office, Chad enjoys being outdoors and playing with his new little puppy, an australian shepherd and catahoula mixed breed named Violet.
Spencer Schneier – Federal Work Study Student
Spencer was born in Northport, New York and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina before the sixth grade. He attended Leesville Road High School and is a Freshman Economics major at UNCG. He works in the field of sustainability because he believes that capital runs much deeper than the financial context many view it in, and that capital is instead all of the available resources in a society. He believes that through social, financial, and environmental lenses, capital can be used in a way that allows for an equitable and thriving society.