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Glorynel Ojeda-Matos

Glorynel Ojeda-Matos

PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


Glorynel is a PhD student at the School of Sustainability. She possesses a multidisciplinary vision, thanks to her background in Civil Engineering, Urban-Territorial Planning, and Environmental Sciences. She is interested in sustainable transitions, green infrastructure, and behavioral change and collaborations to drive sustainable strategies. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she is committed to the effective transfer of scientific knowledge outside the academic environment, to use this science to support informed decision making. Integrating her expertise over eight years in multiple projects and initiatives, including in government, private industry, nonprofits, academia and professional associations.

She served several terms as Member of the Board of Directors in the US Green Building Council – US Caribbean Chapter. She was Team Member of the SEEDs (Schools Energy and Environmental Delegates) Green Schools Program; Representative for the Cool Cities Coalition and the Regionalization Project for the revision of the LEED Reference Guide Version 4 for Puerto Rico. Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico and the collapse of Puerto Rico’s electric system, she was coordinating a Forum of Energy-Sector Stakeholders, a space for the convergence of multiple energy stakeholders in the Puerto Rican energy policy. 

Teaching Assistant Experience

University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (2011-2012)

  • Graduate School of Planning - Graduate Teaching Assistant for the first year planning course, Planning Theory and Institutional Frameworks and Implementation Processes.

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2006-2008)

  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Laboratory Technician and Teaching Assistant in Civil Engineering - Laboratories for the undergraduate course Construction Materials Laboratory

Research Assistant Experience

  • National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI), 2015-2018 - Research assistant to prepare the first Catalogue of Resources in Energy and Sustainability of the University of Puerto Rico System. Responsible for conceptualization, coordination, stakeholder identification and analysis, the designing of the agendas and facilitating the discussion of the Forum of Energy-Sector Stakeholders, a space for the convergence of multiple energy stakeholders in the Puerto Rican energy policy.
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), 2014-2015 - National Science Foundation Fellowship, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
    IGERT Trainee in the Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics Program, that was based at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Focused in multidisciplinary approach to natural-human systems, develop a project (Agent of Change Project)

Spoken Languages:
Spanish (native)


  • MUTP, Urban-Territorial Planning, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 2012
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-San Juan, 2008
  • MS Candidate, Environmental Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras


External Links



Ojeda-Matos, G. 2014. The Puerto Rican water footprint and the residents’ perception of the Cagüitas River watershed. Poster presented at the XXVIII Symposium of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico, November 2014, Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan.


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2012. Water footprint accountability and sustainability assessment. Poster presented at the 1st Student Congress of Investigation of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, April 2012, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR.



Ojeda-Matos, G. 2015. Water footprint, Interactive presentation and informative booth. Presentation at the Chapuzón 2015 as part of the World Water Day, Mar 2015, Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro, Orocovis, Puerto Rico.


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2013. Aspiring to a social change. Presentation at the Empowerment and Retention of Agents of Change, Jun 2013, Summer Program of Puerto Rican Mind in Action at Microsoft Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR.

Ojeda-Matos, G. 2013. Water efficiency. Presentation at the monthly members meeting of the United States Green Building Council, Caribbean Chapter, Oct 2013, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR.

Magazine Articles


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2014. The water footprint in Puerto Rico. Revista Ambiental Corriente Verde. 5(3):14-15. (link )

Newspaper Articles


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2017. Gobernanza energética y participación ciudadana. [Energy Governance and Citizens Participation]. (link )

Blog Posts


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2018. Cómo logramos comunidades sostenibles en Puerto Rico [How we achieve sustainable communities in Puerto Rico] [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link


Ojeda-Matos, G. 2014. Agua virtual en Puerto Rico. [Virtual water in Puerto Rico] [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link

Ojeda-Matos, G. 2014. Las Maravillas del Caño Martín Peña. [The Wonders of the Caño Martín Peña] [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link

Post Hurricane Maria Aid for Researchers Grant, Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust in partnership with the AAAS Caribbean Division, Ciencia Puerto Rico and Society of Neuroscience, 2017

National Science Foundation's IGERT Fellowship, Natural-Human Systems in the Urbanizing Tropics, University of Puerto Rico, 2014

Outstanding Graduate Student, Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico, 2012