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Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director

As the Sustainability Director for the City of South Portland, Julie's role is to develop and adopt programs to address climate change, transition to clean, efficient, and renewable energy, facilitate waste reduction programs, improve alternative transportation options, minimize the use of toxics in the community, and educate people about sustainability.

She received her bachelor's degree in Russian History from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Prior to joining the City of South Portland, Julie worked as an Environmental Protection Specialist at the US EPA in Washington D.C. and as the Sustainability Manager at Bates College. 

Email: jrosenbach@southportland.org
Tele: (207) 347-4148

 

 

Cashel Stewart, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

Cashel joined the Sustainability Office in January 2020 as the department’s first transportation-focused employee. He leads the Sustainability Office’s work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation and land use through the development and implementation of programs, projects, and policies identified in One Climate Future. Some of these projects include research and outreach related to electric vehicle/charging, designing complete streets and facilitating mode shift away from single-occupancy vehicles, and developing long-range plans that support sustainable, equitable transportation system growth.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. Prior to joining the City, he worked for the City of Portland as a Transportation Planner. Cashel commutes to South Portland from Portland by walking, biking or telecommuting.

Email: cstewart@southportland.org
Tele: (207) 767-7611 x7546

 

Susan Parmelee, Sustainability Program Manager

Susan joined the Sustainability Office in October 2022 as the Program Manager. She assists in the development of campaigns and outreach materials that educate the community about current sustainability initiatives and garner support for new policies and programs. Her efforts largely focus on waste reduction outreach and education; Energy and Water Use Benchmarking Ordinance; and communications related to One Climate Future, the City’s joint climate action and adaptation plan with Portland.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in Sustainability in the Urban Environment from the City College of New York. Prior to joining the City, she worked for New York City’s Make Compost, Not Trash campaign as a Curbside Compost Outreach Coordinator and for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as a Landfills Project Manager and. Susan is a South Portland resident and is thrilled to get more involved with her community.

Email: sparmelee@southportland.org

Tele: (207) 347-4147

 

 

Mia Ambroiggio, Sustainability Engagement and Writing

Mia joined the GPCOG Resilience Corps and began serving with the South Portland Sustainability Office in November 2021. Upon completion of her service term, she transitioned to part-time work in the Sustainability Office, where her main focus is improving the reach and effectiveness of the office's outreach and engagement. This includes writing about office programming and sustainability content (you can read some of her work in the South Portland Sentry and Amjambo Africa!).  

Before Resilience Corps, Mia earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Communication Theory from Loyola University Chicago in May of 2021. During her undergraduate degree, Mia was heavily involved in advocacy and education through an intersectional feminist organization on campus and wrote on climate and justice as an opinion columnist for the Loyola Phoenix. Off campus, Mia interned with neighborhood environmental nonprofits and large cultural institutions in Chicago, creating climate and conservation communication and outreach materials, publishing environmental writing, and assisting in the development of sustainability programming. As a resident of Portland, Mia enjoys consuming copious amounts of oysters and spending a lot of time in the City’s cemeteries.

 
 
 
 
Steve Genovese, GPCOG Resilience Corps Fellow
 
Steve joined the GPCOG Resilience Corps and began serving with the South Portland Sustainability Office in October 2022. As the Sustainability Outreach Fellow, Steve is looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of sustainability at the municipal level, Portland and South Portland's One Climate Future plan, and driving engagement and outreach for future events and programs.

Steve earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Western New England University, holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Connecticut, and is currently working on a Master's degree in Energy and Environmental Planning and Management, also at the University of Connecticut. After working in higher education, Steve found himself enamored with the world around him while serving with the Peace Corps in Tanzania and immediately enrolled in his graduate work after returning to the states. Steve calls Portland home, is an avid gardener and supporter of sustainable agricultural programming, gets outside to hike, play tennis or pickle ball whenever possible, and loves trying new restaurants in the city.

Email: sgenovese@southportland.org