The director of the Yale Office of Sustainability will discuss “Pathways Toward Sustainability: What Does It Take to Transform an Organization?” as part of the F&ES seminar series on Wednesday, March 28, at noon in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium.
Julie Newman, who joined the Office of Sustainability when it formed in 2004, is a member of the university’s Sustainability Task Force. The task force developed a blueprint for how Yale handles its waste, transportation, food, water usage, energy and greenhouse gases, land, procurement policies and compliance with environmental health and safety initiatives.
Seven years ago President Levin committed the university to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, at a cost of less than 1 percent of annual operating expenses. The Yale campus is composed of approximately 400 buildings, with 16.2 million square feet of space spread across 1,088 acres, supporting 26,000 students, staff and faculty year round.
Newman also lectures and consults for national and international universities and helps coordinate a sustainability working group for both the International Alliance of Research Universities and the Council of Ivy Presidents. In 2004 she co-founded the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, which was established to promote sustainable development on university campuses in the Northeast and maritime region.