Staff

 

Emile Lauzzana, AIA, LEED AP - Project Director, is a licensed architect and builder and has worked in the design and construction industry for over 20 years. A consistent focus of this work has been to develop capacities for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. He has taught courses at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University in building science and sustainable design, and continues outreach and advocacy activities in RE/EE through professional organizations. He earned a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a BS from the University of Michigan Department of History.

 

 

Jason Bing, LEED AP - Project Manager, has several years of experience working in a sustainable architectural firm. He is a certified HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rater and has conducted and supervised residential energy audits, commercial investment grade energy audits, and was recently trained to perform solar feasibility analyses by staff at Sandia National Laboratory. As a member of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission, Jason has helped develop multiple programs, working with city staff and other commissioners to create an Energy Awards Program to recognize significant projects in the city. As the program manager of Recycle Ann Arbor’s Environmental House, Jason is a frequent lecturer and educator, and is consistently involved in researching energy issues and technologies on a local, regional, and national scale. He earned a Masters of Architecture, BS and BAS from Kent State University.

 

 

Kelly Weger, LEED AP- Project Associate, is an Architect Intern currently undergoing licensure, specializing in sustainable design. She has worked in the design industry for 10 years on design, development and administration of construction documents for commercial and residential projects. Her work has focused on environmental sustainability with integrated design strategies for resource use reduction. This approach is incorporated into the role of buildings in the public/societal realm, with particular attention paid to the balance of the triple bottom line: Ecology, Economy and Equity. She earned a Masters of Architecture with sustainable emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

 

 

Kendal Kuneman, LEED AP- Project Assistant, is a recent graduate experienced in architecture, construction and design build, with a long commitment to sustainability. As a student, design build projects involved community and comprehensive hands-on design and construction services for the underserved. Team decision-making among multiple disciplines required creativity and innovation to manage design, construction, schedule, budget and quality. Kendal also worked as a drafter at the University of Michigan Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) firm. She earned a Masters of Design Build with a Minor in Community Planning from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and has a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

 

 

Laura Kaplan, Ecology Center, Education Director, has presented hands-on environmental workshops to over 10,000 students throughout southeastern Michigan. She holds a master's degree in Ecology from the University of Michigan, and she has extensive experience developing educational programs on sustainability issues. She has worked as a faculty member in Schoolcraft College's Biology Department, as an outreach education specialist for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, as an outdoor education specialist for Ann Arbor Public Schools Dept. of Recreation & Education, and as education program coordinator for the Leslie Science & Nature Center. She has designed lessons on topics such as recycling, pollution prevention, and composting, and she is excited to be working with Energy Works Michigan to bring lesson plans about renewable energy and energy efficiency to schools across the state.

 

 

Courtney Schenk, Education Assistant, has taught science in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, and has a Michigan K-8 teacher certification. She has worked as a curriculum consultant for a range of organizations including NYC Audubon, Urban Divers, and Michigan State University and developed curriculum on topics including ecology, sustainability, and composting. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Education from New York University (NYU) and is currently also a part-time PhD student in Science Education at Michigan State University.

 

 

Eric Milanowski, Intern, is a senior in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, and his area of concentration is Construction Management. During his coursework at the University Eric has developed a passion for studying renewable energy systems (highlighted by a Life Cycle Analysis of photovoltaic systems) and how they will help society make the transition to a more sustainable future. Eric hopes his environmental studies will assist Recycle Ann Arbor and Energy Works Michigan in implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Michigan schools.

 

 

Nick Ranke, Intern, is a senior undergraduate student in the College of Literature Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. He is double-concentrating in the Program in the Environmental and Organizational Studies. Nick has some past experience with energy and environmentally friendly building when he volunteered briefly for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to work on LEED certification projects. Nick has been interested in energy issues for awhile because of their importance to our security, economy, and our environment. He is looking forward working on energy efficiency in schools as a part of the Michigan Renewable Schools Program, and hopes that these efforts will contribute to improving education and contributing to a more sustainable future in Michigan.