Our Staff

Contact Us

218 Highsmith University Union, CPO 1200
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Office: 828.232.5143
Fax: 828.251.6759



Lexie Ortega- she/her | lortega@unca.edu

Hey everyone! My goal in working with the Student Environment Center is to support and guide the students and sustainability community at our school. My Office hours are in Highsmith room 218 on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Feel free to stop by if you or a club have any interest in promoting eco-consciousness here on campus.

Sol Garden Manager

Angie Herbert- she/they | aherber1@unca.edu

I’m a junior and an Earth Science major. I started working for the gardens in Spring 2023. Through my work in the gardens, I hope to promote sustainable agricultural practices and community awareness/involvement. I enjoy gardening of course but also rock collecting, cooking, movies, and music!

Garden Mentee

Cole Bruner- they/them | cbruner@unca.edu

Hi! I’m Cole, a 3rd year student at UNC Asheville majoring in environmental studies. I have always found plants incredibly interesting and enjoy being able to see them grow. I also like learning ways to garden and farm more sustainably and so that is one of my goals while I’m at the SEC.


Phoebe Schropp- she/they | pschropp@unca.edu

Sophomore at UNCA majoring in Environmental Studies Management and Policy and Minoring in Economics. Very passionate about being eco conscious and doing everything we can to protect the Earth. Advocate for sustainability and like to teach others things I do to be more sustainable.