Meet Marion Buntyn
Building Manager and Regional Recycling Coordinator
Team West Building 810
Where did you grow up? I am a third generation Colorado native. I grew up in Aurora and Allenspark, CO. My great grandfather came here from Iowa and taught band at Boulder High School. He was one of the first music teachers for Boulder county.
How long have you been with GSA and what positions have you held? I have been with GSA 25 years. I started as a secretary for the Safety and Environmental Branch. I was really interested in the work of the regional safety officer and regional industrial hygienists and I had asked what it would take to get into the field. From that point, I worked as an environmental protection specialist and industrial hygienist. I created the Regional Recycling Program and I was transitioned to the role of Regional Program Manager for multiple sustainability related programs. I am currently the acting building manager for Building 810.
What is your educational background? I have a BS Degree in Microbiology with a Chemistry minor from Metropolitan State University and a MBA from Regis University.
What are your other interests? I like to read Sci-fi, I love bird watching (the DFC unofficial bird whisperer), wildlife and anything related to history and paleontology.
What do you do in your free time? I am a caregiver for my parents, but I also raise and train cats, dogs and horses. I like to do home improvement projects and landscaping projects at my home as well as at my parents.
What is your most memorable moment with GSA? I could write a book on memorable moments. One that comes to mind is the opportunity to hear Dennis Weaver (the actor from Gunsmoke and his own TV series, McCloud) speak at our first Planet GSA/Earth Day Event.
He introduced the concept of Environomics, which is a theory that if we made environmental work as a way for folks to earn a living, then more people would recycle. Another aspect is if people earned money or saved money by updating their homes to more energy efficient equipment, they would invest in better equipment and insulation in their homes. To round that out, if companies made more money by making their products in a more sustainable manner, they would convert their processes to take advantage.
Over the last 25 years, we have seen this concept in action. Recycling is a profitable business and every year more companies look to incorporate these materials into new products to sell to consumers. Homes are becoming more energy efficient and at local stores people can find a wider variety of environmentally friendly products. I can't wait to see what the next 25 years will bring.