Meet Board Member Gretchen Vanicor
Director of Sustainability
University of Louisiana Lafayette
As the University's first Director of Sustainability, Gretchen works closely with the Office of the President and the President's Council on Sustainability to identify and prioritize areas for campus-wide sustainability efforts, plan and develop strategies to reduce energy and material consumption, and engage university leaders to improve sustainability broadly across campus units. She also serves as the campus spokesperson on sustainability issues.
Gretchen leads an energetic team of student volunteers, making big changes in the ULL campus and around Lafayette. From planting trees, to litter pick up, to a campus bike program, Gretchen is committed to raising the bar when it comes to greening her community. Recently named one of Lafayette's 20 Under 40, she was recognized as one of the best and brightest young leaders in Acadiana.
Gretchen earned a bachelor’s degree in management with a double major in marketing from McNeese State University in 2006. She also earned bachelor's and master’s degrees in architecture from UL Lafayette in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Gretchen returned to UL Lafayette in January 2014 after working in the local architecture industry. She is the proud mom of a 4 year old son.