Sustainability Living Lab Coordinator
Nicole is political ecologist whose work unpacks the entwined topics of waste and consumer culture. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and recently completed her M.A. in Environmental Anthropology here at UH Mānoa. She serves as the Living Lab Coordinator in the UH System Office of Sustainability , where she is designing an applied sustainability research program with an initial focus on climate change mitigation through waste reduction and sustainable materials management initiatives. She also serves as director for a local coalition called Zero Waste Oʻahu, which addresses the systemic cause of waste culture through applied learning projects, outreach, and policy interventions that re-imagine consumer culture. Prior to joining the UHOS, Nicole worked on projects ranging from marine plastic pollution studies to native forest restoration to the management of a sustainability fellowship program.