Our people

Chris Lynch, Director

Chris 1014Chris is a nationally recognized expert on small business environmental and energy issues.  Prior to joining UNR’s BEP in January 2011, he launched and managed a similar program for 13 years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He has served as an advisor to organizations including the Center for the Small Business and the Environment, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.  Chris also worked at the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence where he educated defense facilities and contractors on environmental compliance requirements and pollution prevention strategies for meeting those requirements.  Chris provides overall management direction for the Business Environmental Program and its pollution prevention activities. Send email


John Handzo, Pollution Prevention Projects Manager

John HandzoJohn is a graduate of Utah State University. He entered the environmental business in 1980 as a wastewater laboratory technician. During the following 20 years John worked in Industrial Pretreatment Programs in 3 EPA Regions, 3 states, at 4 municipalities.  Twice, the program he managed received recognition as the best large pretreatment program in the state.  In 2000, John transitioned to the pollution prevention and compliance assistance arena where he received extensive training in RCRA hazardous waste management and regulations.  He has also received training in Storm Water Management, Air Quality Permitting, ISO-14001, developing and implementing Environmental Manage Systems and remediation at formally used defense sites.

John’s varied background provides clients with a well rounded perspective of managing their environmental impacts through efficient management of their raw materials and proper training of the staff to meet the challenges of current environmental regulations. Send email


Tabitha Aspling, Contract and Project Management Specialist

Tabitha AsplingTabitha is the Project and Contract Management Specialist for the BEP. Tabitha is responsible for managing grant activities and deliverables as well as budgeting, analyzing financial information and lending support to the overall operation of the BEP. Tabitha has 15 years of experience in the management and operations of private and non-profit organizations. She has managed the full range of administrative, human resource, finance, and budgeting duties in the financial services, investment banking and education sectors. Send email