The Office of Sustainability is co-directed by the Assistant Director of Sustainability and the Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director. The co-directors jointly run the office, making all major decisions together. This structure models the collaborative approach that is intrinsic to sustainability as well as modeling equity in staff-faculty relationships.
The Office of Sustainability includes eight Senior Fellows, students who have worked with the office previously and are dedicated to its mission and goals. Seven Senior Fellows each supervise a group of fellows in the areas of communications, community collaborations, New London County Food Policy Council, or resource management. One Senior Fellow works closely with our faculty adviser and helps facilitate the course SUS 293 - Applied Sustainability Seminar.
Senior Fellows form a leadership team that co-facilitates the major student engagement program with the Manager of Sustainability: the Sustainability Fellows Program. The Sprout Garden is led by a Senior Fellow who was previously involved with that project.
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Margaret has served as Assistant Director of Sustainability at Connecticut College since January 2017. In this role, she oversees the Senior Fellows Program and sustainability planning. From 2010-2016, she was Coordinator of Environmental Sustainability for University Housing at the University of South Carolina. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Environmental Policy from Barnard College and a Master of Science degree in International Development and the Environment from the University of East Anglia. Her research has focused on water availability in the developing world. She can often be found on campus pulling recyclables out of trash cans.
Dr. Chad Jones
Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director; Associate Professor of Botany and Environmental Sciences
At the beginning of the spring 2014 semester, Professor Jones was selected to serve as the first Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director of the Office of Sustainability. As the Faculty Director, Professor Jones co-directs the Office with the Assistant Director of Sustainability, specifically leading all of the College’s efforts to integrate the central tenets of sustainability throughout the curriculum. Some of these efforts include establishing professional development opportunities that assist faculty to integrate the tenets of sustainability into their curriculum, building collaborations with all five academic centers on campus, and identifying and advertising courses offered on campus that are sustainability-focused.
Some of Professor Jones’s academic work includes the researching patterns of spread of invasive species. He uses statistical models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to predict the potential distributions of invasive species at several scales.