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Sustainability Advisory Council

The Sustainability Advisory Council was established to guide and support the university’s progress towards its comprehensive long-term sustainability strategy. The Council will apply diverse viewpoints, varied expertise and a collective mindset to support the University in reaching its sustainability goals, including Vanderbilt’s carbon neutrality pledge and commitment to achieve zero waste on campus by 2030.

The Council will increase community engagement and inclusion as the university continues integrating and implementing the findings of its recent sustainability planning studies, such as the FutureVU study, BlueSky Energy Vision Study, the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study and the Zero Waste Study.

 Sustainability Advisory Council Membership

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Andrew Harwell, environmental affairs chair, VSG
  • Ariana Boyd, president, Vanderbilt Bar Association Energy and Environmental Law Society
  • Frances Burton, president, Vanderbilt Student Government
  • James Sears, executive committee member, Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association
  • Keegan Campanelli, president, Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
  • Kelsea Best, president, Graduate Student Council
  • Maureen Ubani, AmbassaDore
  • Rishara Weerakoon, vice president, Multicultural Leadership Council
  • Robert Kell, graduate fellow, Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, and Divinity Student Association
  • Sydney Juda, executive vice president, SPEAR

FACULTY

  • Carol Ziegler, professor of nursing, School of Nursing
  • Dan Morgan, principal senior lecturer of earth and environmental sciences and associate dean, College of Arts and Science
  • David Hess, James Thornton Fant Chair in Sustainability Studies, professor of sociology and director of undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Science
  • Florence Sanchez, professor of civil and environmental engineering, director of graduate studies in environmental engineering and associate chair of the department, School of Engineering Joerg Rieger, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, distinguished professor of theology, and founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • George Hornberger, Craig E. Philip Chair in Engineering, University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment, School of Engineering
  • J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law, director of the Program in Law and Innovation and co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Joerg Rieger, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, distinguished professor of theology, and founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Kathy Gould, Louise B. McGavock Chair, professor of cell and developmental biology, associate dean for biomedical sciences and director of Graduate Student Support, School of Medicine
  • Mark Cohen, Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise, professor of law and University Fellow, Resources for the Future, Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Tyler Nelson, associate professor of voice, Blair School of Music
  • Yolanda McDonald, assistant professor of human and organizational development, Peabody College

STAFF

  • André Churchwell, interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer
  • Andrea George, director, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and Environmental Health and Safety
  • David Ter Kuile, executive director, Campus Dining
  • Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration
  • Erin Hafkenschiel, executive director of mobility
  • Geoff MacDonald, head coach, Vanderbilt women’s tennis team
  • Kelli Fager, senior director, Purchasing and Payment Services
  • Mike Perez, associate vice chancellor for administration and chief facilities officer
  • Steve Ertel, vice chancellor for communications