Office of Sustainability Staff


Erin Stanforth, Director of Sustainability

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Erin grew up in the hills of North Carolina, with a deep appreciation for the beauty of the southeastern U.S.  She graduated in 2007 from Appalachian State University with a BA in Sustainable Development and a minor in Anthropology.  Upon graduation, Erin moved to Portland, Ore. to pursue her passion in sustainability.  In 2008, Erin was hired as the Sustainable Practices Coordinator for Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus.  She worked in this role for two years, before being hired as the district-wide Sustainability Manager for PCC.  While working in Oregon, Erin chose to pursue her Masters degree.  She was awarded an MBA in Sustainable Business, concentrating in Government, Policy and Law in 2012 from Marylhurst University.

Erin was hired as the Director of Sustainability for VCU in April 2014.  She relocated back to the south from the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family.  Erin sits on various sustainability-focused boards throughout the city of Richmond, as well as a few national sustainability-focused boards and committees.  In her free time, Erin can be found kayaking, hiking and gardening with her husband and two dogs.   


Parker Long, Sustainability Reporting and Outreach Coordinator 

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Parker graduated from VCU in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies.  She worked as an intern for the Office of Sustainability for two years and was hired full-time as the Reporting and Outreach Coordinator in 2012.  In this position, Parker collects data for various sustainability reporting surveys, works to engage students and community members, manages this website and does her best to keep the number of emails in her inbox under control.

When she is not in the office, you can find Parker playing with her two dogs, cooking up a storm, drinking coffee, smelling flowers, hunting for treasures in thrift stores and daydreaming about 90° summer days. 


Wyatt Carpenter, Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator 

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Wyatt was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.  In 2010, he moved to Richmond to attend VCU.  Wyatt completed his undergraduate studies in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Studies.  Wyatt earned a Masters of Sciences in Environmental Studies - with a research focus on the relationship between habitat fragmentation and property values - in 2016.

As a Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, Wyatt is interested in building meaningful partnerships between VCU and the Richmond community in order to create positive change for the City.

Outside of work, Wyatt likes being outdoors, running, design, wearing sunglasses, architecture, eating, horticulture, bad television and spending what is arguably too much time fussing over houseplants. 


Sara Barton, Learning Garden Coordinator

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Sara studied political science and psychology at the University of Virginia and, after years of working in the nonprofit realm in Washington D.C. and New York City, returned to graduate school in 2012. She earned a Master of Public Health, focusing on community health education, from the CUNY School of Public Health. She then moved back to her native Loudoun County for a respite from city life. It was here in Virginia that she was bitten by the farming bug. Sara worked on organic farms for almost three years, growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers, before joining the VCU team. 

She plans to utilize her production farming knowledge to grow heaps of nourishing foods for the Learning Garden's partner organizations. She hopes to make use of her community engagement experiences to not only teach Richmonders about growing food in urban spaces, but also to learn from community members the food justice issues that they feel most affect their health and well-being. Sara is thrilled to contribute to the impressive ongoing sustainability efforts at VCU.

Outside of the garden, you will find Sara dancing, singing when no one is within earshot, giving her plants daily pep talks, writing weird folk song lyrics, thrifting, concocting things in the crockpot, or watching stand-up comedy.


Michael Barber, Campus Sustainability Intern

Michael grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and spent most of his freetime outside of class exploring the suburban jungle and watching re-runs on the History Channel. After moving to Richmond for school in2014 and falling in love with the area, he now gladly calls the river city home.

In his coursework, Michael found interests in social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and is particularly passionate about resource use and agriculture. Pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in both Environmental Studies and Urban and Regional Planning, he hopes to play to his passions in aiding the Richmond and VCU community as asustainability intern.

Away from the office, a few of Michael's interests include antiques, folk art, dessert, comfortable couches, touring old houses and adding garlic to things.


Christine Long, Campus Sustainability Intern

Christine is originally from Midlothian, Virginia and made the move of a lifetime to Richmond three years ago to attend VCU, where she is majoring in Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and Analytics. The dream is to work in Sustainable and Green Supply Chain Management, but in the meantime, she is thrilled to intern at an office composed of like-minded environmental enthusiasts who are all equally motivated to help mitigate food insecurity and hunger within the fair city of Richmond.

Outside of the office, Christine can be found sprawled out on a rock under the hot sun on the banks of the James River, prowling through the city for new restaurants to try, seizing every opportunity to travel to new places, and indulging in the Food Network while assessing the parallels of Chopped and the reality of being a broke college student and having at least four mystery items in the fridge at all times.


Gabe Perkins, Campus Sustainability Intern

Gabe is originally from Alexandria, Virginia, and moved to Richmond in 2015 to begin studies in Chemical & Life Science Engineering and Biology at VCU.  Despite the technical aspect of his major, he is attracted to all facets of sustainability, from large scale renewable energy and sustainable engineering to healthy eating and urban greenspaces.

At the VCU Office of Sustainability, Gabe spends most of his time working in the Learning Garden, harvesting vegetables and spreading worm poop on the roots of those vegetables with the goal of reducing food insecurity in Richmond. Gabe hopes to bring his interests in all aspects of sustainability to VCU and the city in effort to make it a “greener” place to live.

When he’s not holed up in the library or outside gardening, Gabe likes to attend concerts, hike mountains, watch sunsets, fantasize about 0-carbon emissions, make unnecessarily complicated meals from Facebook recipe videos and drink far more cold brew coffee than anyone rationally should.


Allie Tripp, Graphic Design Intern

Allie staff photoAllie, originally a Jersey girl, first moved to Richmond, VA to attend VCUarts as a Graphic Design major. The internship at the office has allowed her to pursue her love for illustration and handmade processes while also expanding her interests in community and sustainability. She is currently working on a mobile pancake food cart for her senior thesis, with the aim to bring people together in busy urban environments. 

Outside of work and school, Allie likes to eat her way through the city, frequent the local bars for trivia night, and make amateur ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs.