Else Demeulenaere is an ecologist and an avid advocate for sustainable living. Else was the co-founder of a community based gardening project which attracted neighbors and friends to learn about organic gardening, Guam’s natural resources, sustainable living by storytelling, and our ecological surroundings. While working for an NGO for nature conservation, Else studied policy-making as a tool to protect the environment. At the University of Guam, Else took part in inventorying Guam’s forests and led a pilot terrestrial monitoring project for the Micronesia Challenge. Most recently, she coordinated the Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program (GPEPP). In her new position as Associate Director, Else hopes to contribute to the ongoing growth and diversification of the Center for Island Sustainability.
Phillip John R. Cruz
Associate Project Coordinator
Before graduating from UOG with a BBA in Marketing in 2012, Phil Cruz was extremely fascinated with efficiency and frugal living; making a lot out of so little. As the Lead Intern for the UOG Green program, Phil learned about various sustainability issues, including climate change education, island-wide recycling efforts, fossil fuel use reduction, coral reef protection, and food security. At CIS, Phil builds upon his internship experience by leading efforts including campus recycling programs, TASI beach guide coordination, Green Dream Homes competition organizing, and Island Sustainability Conference planning, among others.
Phil looks forward to helping make Guam more environmentally sustainable through continuous outreach efforts. He has one message for the community; “Every decision and action we make today, will have an impact on someone else tomorrow. Don’t forget that.”
Principal Research Engineer
Allison Rutter consults with architects, building owners, contractors and communities on various energy efficiency projects, with an emphasis on green building design and deep cost savings. Formerly of Rocky Mountain Institute, Allison has worked on projects ranging from community centers in Hawaii to the Empire State Building. She is a former member of RMI's LEED Certification Team, which reviewed and approved LEED projects for the United States Green Building Council. In addition to her role at CIS, Allison works independently with building professionals in Micronesia and beyond.
Allison received her Professional Engineering license in the state of Colorado, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.