Our Staff

Meet the team behind Purdue University’s Office of University Sustainability.

Michael J. Gulich, Director, University Sustainability

Michael is responsible for providing the vision, organizational strategy, and focus for advancing sustainability efforts campus-wide. Collaborating with students, faculty and staff, he also provides leadership in helping the University continually enhance its sustainability-related efforts and reputation.  An architect with over 15 years of experience with green architecture and sustainability consulting, Michael enjoys working with students on the living lab initiative, where students and faculty explore sustainability in real-world operational initiatives on campus. He encourages students to reach out to Michael with ideas and concerns regarding sustainability on campus.

Tamm Hoggatt, Assistant Director, Green Living and Dining

Tamm serves as the primary liaison between OUS and Housing and Food Services and focuses on Purdue’s Farmers Market, our fledging EcoReps program, and recycling special initiatives including the Black & Gold & Green Tailgate Team. Prior to joining OUS, Tamm served as the director of facilities for University Residences on campus.

Michael Ursem, Assistant Director, Green Building and Operations

A mechanical engineer with a master's in business administration, Michael brings fifteen-plus years of corporate engineering, project management, market analysis, and business development experience to Purdue, his alma mater. His specialties include energy market and regulatory analysis, demand side management program development, and utility-scale integrated resource planning. He uses his technical and analytical skills to identify economic value, establish business cases, and develop implementation plans to facilitate achievement of the University's sustainability goals. Michael enjoys working with student, faculty, and staff groups at Purdue to enhance energy management and sustainability best practices within the university's built environment.

Sarah Vaughn, Assistant to the Director of University Sustainability

Sarah has been with Purdue University since 2008. Previous to her position in the Office of University Sustainability, she was as Secretary for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. Sarah graduated from the Purdue University Accomplished Clerical Excellence (ACE) program in spring 2011 and is a part-time undergraduate student, pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Her favorite sustainability initiative is the campus Farmers Market because it encourages people to purchase locally grown foods that are also delicious.

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