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History of SEMO

In early 2007, SustainVU began as an umbrella identity for the wide variety of sustainability initiatives already underway by students, staff and faculty groups, which led to the creation of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO). SEMO became an official office on January 1, 2008, and Andrea George was named its Director, reporting dually to the Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safetyand the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Plant Operations. Prior to SEMO’s official birth in 2008, Andrea had been unofficially working as the sustainability coordinator since before 2006.

The office has grown to include four full-time positions: Director, Assistant Director, Environmental Management Systems Coordinator, and Sustainability Outreach Coordinator.