Our Team

UW-Stout's Sustainability Office is managed by sustainability coordinator, Sarah Rykal, with help from a number of dedicated students. The Sustainability Office serves as the central point of contact and resource for sustainability initiatives on the UW-Stout campus and in the community and region.


Sarah Rykal, Sustainability Coordinator

Sarah Rykal oversees the Sustainability Office at UW-Stout. She earned a Master's Degree in Sustainable Community Development from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and is a credentialed LEED Green Associate. Sarah serves as chair of UW-Stout's Sustainability Steering Committee and co-chair of the Campus-Wide Energy Committee. She is also a member of the Sustainable Dunn Steering Committee and Dunn County's Joint Sustainability Working Group. Sarah manages a multitude of sustainability projects in alternative transportation, food systems, energy conservation and efficiency, green building, waste reduction, and much more. She works with faculty and students to infuse sustainability into the curriculum through class projects. She conducts the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Ratings System) assessment for UW-Stout.  And she advises the Stout Student Association's Sustainability Council and manages Green Fee funding. Sarah supervises a staff of amazing students (below) who are all very passionate about sustainable development.

Sarah enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, snowboarding, gardening, cooking, traveling, taking photos and videos, reading, writing, watching movies, going to concerts, and drinking iced tea or hot cocoa (depending on the season).

Contact Sarah by email or by phone at 715.232.5254.




Laura Donovan, Sustainability Specialist/Alternative Transportation Program Manager

Laura is a senior majoring in Applied Social Science with a concentration in Sociology and Anthropology. She is also the president of the Stout Student Association. Her goal after dominating her super senior year is to work for an environmental non-profit organization to create just transitions to a more sustainable world and to give all people the change to really enjoy nature. She loves doing anything outdoors! Her favorite form of practical transportation is by bike and her favorite form of impractical transportation is by unicycle.


Izzy Korab, Sustainability Specialist

Izzy is a senior in the Apparel Design and Development program, minoring in Sustainability. During the summer of 2016, she interned was a technical designer in Oregon for an India-based ethical fashion company working to fight human trafficking. In the summer of 2017, she will be interning and designing clothes in Nepal for an ethical and sustainable fashion manufacturer.  Along with working in the Sustainability Office, Izzy works as a resident case assistant at a group home for physically and mentally disabled adults, a job she absolutely loves. After graduation, she hopes to continue to travel and help transform the fashion industry into a sustainable environment.

Izzy loves exploring nature. If there is a lake or beach nearby, she would swim all day. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and rock climbing. She hopes to enjoy some of these activities in the Boundary Waters. She takes pride in home cooking and eating healthy, and also eats Mexican food a minimum of three times a week.

Izzy Korab 

Christina Hammerstrom, UW-Sprout Garden Manager 

Christina Hammerstrom is an Industrial Design major. In 2015, she transferred from Luther College where she enjoyed working with the Sustainability Office on a lighting audit project. She has worked with Seed Savers Exchange in Deborah, IA, maintaining and harvesting acres of gardens as well as packaging many varieties of seeds. She participates in Cross Country in the fall and Track and Field in the spring. In the future, she hopes to work with a company that has interests in sustainable design of products, specifically automobiles and motorcycles.

Christina is also an avid fan of mountain biking, swimming, snowboarding, hockey, kayaking, and basically anything outdoors. She is addicted to Chai tea, obsessed with pesto, and considers sunscreen to be her best friend. Running is her second best friend though she also enjoys a rainy day movie marathon.


Christina Hammerstrom

Alyssa Weber, UW-Sprout Assistant Manager

Alyssa Weber loves the outdoors and is majoring in Environmental Science. She enjoys gardening, reading, and eating delicious food from the farmers market. Alyssa also likes painting, drawing, being healthy, and spending time with family and friends. She adores all four seasons and savors the simple pleasures in life. Cooking and baking are passions of hers, and she enjoys experimenting with recipes. She loves jazz music and books with a hint of magic in them. She just recently visited Spain and had a fantastic time exploring their traditional dishes and food choices.