Meet the Sustainability Team

Brandon Raco - Sustainability Manager 

Brandon has been working to advance sustainability at UoG for about 8 years now. As an undergraduate student, he helped found the Green Gryphon initiative, a $26.2 million energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction program. Today, he works between both Physical Resources and the Office of the President seeking to improve the environmental sustainability of campus operations, while reporting progress on sustainability from across the University of Guelp.He sits on multiple boards including Our Energy Guelph, Victor-Davis Memorial Court Non-Profit Homes and is the Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee at the City of Guelph. 

Staff - Sustainability Manager
519.824.4120 ext.53723

Natalie Vasilivetsky - Environmental Sustainability Coordinator 

Natalie is the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at the Sustainability Office. She is available for consultation on university and community projects. To set up a waste assessment, or if you’re interested in waste reduction, composting, food waste, or our circular food economy, you can reach her at

Staff - Sustainability/Composting Coordinator
519.824.4120 ext.58129

Samantha Casey - Digital Communications & Engagement 

Samantha is the responsible for Digital Communications, Partnership Development, and Engagement at the Sustainability Office.

She is responsible for managing our online platforms, runs campus engagement, and leads partnership development for the Sustainability Office. If you’re interested in getting involved or have a question about campus sustainability, please email Samantha at

Staff - Digital Communications & Engagement 
519.824.4120 ext.58129

Kalisha Ramlackhan - Senior Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator

Kalisha is in her fourth year studying Biology and Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. She is a Peer Helper for the Sustainability Team, and coordinates the Sustainability Ambassador program. She is a strong advocate for sustainability on campus and loves to find new ways to be sustainable. 

Peer Helper - Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator
519.824.4120 ext.58129 - Subject Line "Sustainability Ambassador"

Nidhi - Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator

Nidhi is a first-year Environmental Science student. She is constantly striving to learn new skills and interests. She is very excited to be one of Sustainability Ambassador Coordinators this semester. She is looking forward to learn new ways to implement sustainable ways into her lifestyle. Apart from that, she loves exploring new places, reading, and writing! 

Peer Helper - Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator
519.824.4120 ext.58129 Subject Line "Sustainability Ambassador"

Elaine Li - Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator

Elaine is a Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator at the Sustainability Office. She is in her 4th year of the Hospitality and Tourism Management and co-op Program minoring in Arts, Culture, and Heritage Management. She was introduced to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in her first year through AIESEC and have been inspired and passionate about sustaianbility ever since. She hopes to inspire others to be more conscious of their habits, take action, and support a sustainable future. In her free time she can be found reading romance novels, eating dessert, or wandering around art galleries. 

Peer Helper - Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator
519.824.4120 ext.58129 Subject Line "Sustainability Ambassador"

Brittany Schaefer - Green Team Coordinator

Brittany is a first-year MA student in the Public Issues Anthropology program, where she is conducting her research on human-nature relationships and waste management. In addition to her passion for sustainable waste practices, she also gets stoked on rock climbing, reading good books, and taking care of her succulent collection.

Peer Helper - Green Team Coordinator 
519.824.4120 ext.58129 - Subject Line "Green Team"