Sustainability: Meet the Staff


TallChief A. Comet

TallChief A. Comet

Director of Sustainability, Grounds, & Energy
Facilities Management Room 107

(707) 826-3646

TallChief Comet (TC) currently serves as Director of the Office of Sustainability after also serving as the Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management for FY 2017-18 and campus Sustainability Coordinator from 2007-2011.  TallChief has over 30 years of experience working in the environmental and natural resources fields, and governmental/institutional operations, ranging from a field biologist in Alaska with the PNW Research Station to an Environmental Programs Director for a tribal government.  In addition to his duties as Office Director TC is or has been the advisor for several student programs and clubs on campus including CCAT, WRRAP and Power Save Green Campus, a volunteer faculty member in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, and is a leader or member of several campus committees.  TallChief is also an HSU alum (89’, Wildlife), married to Kimberly since 1984 (also an HSU alum, 86’), and proud father of Sabra, who received her Master’s in Environmental Management from Portland State University in 2017.  He continues to conduct nearly weekly raptor surveys in the Arcata bottoms with his longtime friend Jeff Dunk (lecturer, ESM) and has lived in McKinleyville since returning to the north coast in 1997.


Morgan King

Morgan King

Climate Action Analyst
Facilities Management Room 113

(707) 826-5899

Morgan facilitates climate action and resiliency planning, advises students, and furthers the infusion of sustainability into campus operations and academics. He also co-chairs the HSU Advisory Committee on Sustainability, is the staff advisor for the Waste Reduction & Resource Awareness Program, and is volunteer faculty in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences. Morgan has over 20 years of experience working in sustainability, environmental education and green workforce development, having managed student driven energy efficiency education programs at California universities and public schools, developed high school level sustainability curriculum and teacher trainings, coordinated gardening, waste reduction and environmental education programs for public schools, and taught a certified energy auditor training series.  He holds a Master's degree in Social Science - Environment and Community from Humboldt State University, a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, and was a Fisheries Extension Volunteer in Peace Corps Nepal. Morgan is an avid surfer, cyclist and world traveler with his wife and daughter.


Katie Koscielak

Katie Koscielak

Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Room 103

(707) 826-5945

Katie Koscielak is a Sustainability Analyst at Humboldt State University, where she coordinates the campus STARS report, produces outreach materials, advises students, and helps identify areas for infusing sustainability in the cultural, academic, and operational fabric of the campus. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Science with concentration in Environment & Community from Humboldt State and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about the power of art to connect people, create dialogue, and motivate social change. Katie has devoted her career to establishing, organizing, and maintaining inclusive, just and sustainable communities through her work in the food, energy, education, and creative sectors.  In the past, she has worked on projects with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Portland Farmer's Market, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and Making Waves Education Program, among others. Having served on the Board for local non-profits, she brings grassroots and community organizing perspectives to her work throughout the Humboldt Bay region.


Photo of Megan Tolbert at Gray's Peak

Megan Tolbert

Waste, Recycling, and Grounds Coordinator
Facilities Management Room 100D

(707) 826-5889

Megan Tolbert currently serves as HSU’s Waste, Recycling and Grounds Coordinator – a newly created position at HSU since September 2017. Tolbert has over twenty years experience providing professional environmental leadership, support, and project management. Tolbert’s experience includes sustainability planning for the City of Monterey, sustainability non-profit Executive Directorship, land use/community and environmental planning consulting, and sustainability planning for California State University Monterey Bay. She has won awards for her leadership in sustainable transportation and recognized as a community hero for her honest, committed and empowering community service. She has served on dozens of committees and boards through the years, on all or most sustainability topics such as plastics in the environment, sustainable transportation and fuels, and collective consciousness for community betterment with particular emphasis on collaboration, facilitation, conservation and urban ecology, project management, and leveraged resources/funding. Tolbert graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. Natural Resources Planning in 2002 after working as a marketing specialist for a proprietary software company. While at HSU she served on Associated Students Government, for the YES House Environmental Education program and worked as a student assistant for the Housing and Dining department. More than anything, Tolbert wants to empower students and coworkers to personally and collaboratively excel and continue the successes and awards past students have achieved under her direction. In her spare time you can find Megan hiking with her dog to discover wildflowers in the back country. Megan has many varied experiences in sustainability and is more than happy to swap eco-stories over a cup of tea.


 Photo of Andrea Alstone

Andrea Alstone

Energy Planner & Analyst
Facilities Management Room 113

(707) 826-5990

Andrea joined the Office of Sustainability, Energy, and Grounds as Energy Planner & Analyst in 2017. In this role she monitors campus energy use, works to find ways to reduce it, and helps in planning for a more sustainable energy future. Andrea is an all around energy nerd. She has worked at Redwood Coast Energy Authority, helping to launch Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy program, at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, developing techno-economic assessments of the impact of energy efficiency standards on lighting products, at the Schatz Energy Research Center, researching a variety of local energy issues, and at UC Santa Barbara as part of the high energy physics collaboration went on to experimentally verify the existence of the Higgs Boson. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Systems (Environmental Resources Engineering emphasis) from HSU and a B.S. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara. When she’s not thinking about energy, Andrea can often be found elbow deep in wool, either spinning, dyeing, or knitting it.