The CSF staff is a sustainability-minded group of undergraduate and graduate students here to help you with your project or project idea, whatever it may be.

Kyle Mcdermott

CSF Program Manager
1st Year PhD , Sustainable Systems & Prototypes, College of Built Environment
Tucson, AZ

Kyle oversees day to day operations for the CSF, its student staff, University partnerships, strategic direction, and fiscal processes. He was hired as the CSF Coordinator in 2016 (the 5th since 2010) while simultaneously pursuing a degree in the Master of Environmental Horticulture program at UW. Kyle has a diverse background, working in fields ranging from Information Technology, journalism, youth education, to soil and plant sciences and research. These experiences shape his approach to sustainability and the importance of making connections across disciplines.

Kyle graduated with honors in Environmental Sciences & Communications from Northern Arizona University. There, he worked as a soil and plant researcher as part of the Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Team, where he studied soil chemical and nutritional alternatives to using toxic herbicides on university lawns. He also helped to manage an E-waste recycling program for one of Northern Arizona’s leading Information Technology companies. He completed his master’s degree at UW in 2019, writing a 78-page report on the recent organizational development and strategic planning efforts by the CSF staff and Committee. Kyle will begin a PhD this coming year in the UW’s College of Built Environment and now manages the CSF in a full-time capacity. When not thinking about ways to improve the CSF, Kyle spends his time bicycle touring, cooking, and experimenting with manual photography techniques.

Fotima Ibrokhim

CSF Outreach Coordinator
Junior , Food System, Nutrition, Public Health.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Here at the CSF we believe in multidimensional sustainability. We strive for equitable sustainability to thrive on campus. My job is to help you get connected with campus-wide sustainability projects and help you develop your own individual projects. On a larger scale, I also work to facilitate and foster interdisciplinary relationships on a departmental level, as well as that of the individual. The great potential for overlap and collaboration in our campus community is amazing and has already led to many incredible, innovative projects campus-wide. Please reach out me for any questions, whether its about applying and or volunteering. Everyone is welcome to hold space in the sustainability movement here at the UW!

Besides being the outreach coordinator, other things I do for fun is eat and sometime cook vegan food, improve my latin dancing skills, and practice selfcare. 

Yahia Ali

Project Development Specialist
Sophomore , Environmental Engineering
Mason, OH

Hey, I’m Yahia! My job here at the CSF is to help make your sustainable ideas come to life by personally guiding your projects and connecting you and your team to the amazing resources and people at the UW. If you have an idea that you think can make the UW a more sustainable and environmentally conscious university, or you want to get involved with an existing sustainability project, send me an email so that we can talk more about your sustainability goals. Sustainability is interdisciplinary and intersectional, so no matter what background you come from, any green idea can make a big difference.

I’m currently a sophomore in the College of Engineering studying Environmental Engineering. But, when I’m not in class or supporting sustainability projects, you can find me hiking, taking pictures, eating food, and cheering on the Huskies.