Wellesley College's


Click below for a snapshot of each sector.



Climate & Energy

Food & Dining

Landscape & Watershed

Purchasing & Waste



2016 Events

Initial Presentation to Board of Trustees

Friday, February 5, 2016

Update to Administrative Council

Monday, February 8, 2016
Administrative Council Meeting

Follow-Up Discussion and Vote on Climate Energy Resolution

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Academic Council Meeting
Green Hall


Update to College Government

February TBD, 2016



2015 Events

Idea Fest

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tishman Commons

Update to Academic Council

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Academic Council Meeting
Green Hall

Open Hours at Pendleton

Monday, October 19, 2015
Pendleton East Atrium

Open Hours at the Lulu

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Lulu 413

Open Hours at El Table

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
El Table

Open Hours at the Leaky Beaker

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Science Center Leaky Beaker

Open Hours at Pendleton

Especially for Faculty

Monday, October 26, 2015
Pendleton East

Open Hours at the Science Center

Especially for Faculty

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Science Center S143

Discussion at Academic Council

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Academic Council Meeting
Green Hall


  • Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability

    The Sustainability Committee consists of administrative, faculty, staff, and student representatives working to implement greener institutional policies at Wellesley. Our main functions include, but are not limited to: advise the President on sustainability-related issues, develop policies regarding how environmental sustainability should be factored into College operations and decisions, and gather opinions from the College community on sustainability issues.

  • Wellesley's Sustainability Plan

    Since February 2015, the Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability has solicited ideas from the college community (at an IdeaFest held in February), worked closely with key stakeholders across campus, and researched relevant sustainability initiatives and policies at peer institutions. The result of this work is a sustainability plan that is organized into eight sectors: Academic & Co-curricular, Buildings & Water, Climate & Energy, Food & Dining, Landscape & Watershed, Purchasing & Waste and Transportation. Each sector outlines what Wellesley has accomplished in the past and explains strategies and targets for advancing sustainability at Wellesley over the next ten years.

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    Next Steps

    The Sustainability Plan, which was initially presented in draft form in fall 2015 and revised during wintersession, is being presented to the college community during Spring 2016. The committee welcomes further comments and feedback and anticipates finalizing the plan and seeking final approval from the Board of Trustees in April 2016.

Sustainability Committee Members

Ann Conrin Administrative Council Representative
Ben Hammond VP for Finance & Administration
Cathy Ye Student Representative
Dave Chakraborty Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Planning
Don Leach Dean of Students or designee
Dorothea Von Herder Sustainability Coordinator
Grant Perodeau Union Representative
Katrin Moneka Faculty (Group C)
Marilyn Sides Faculty (Group A)
Nadya Hajj Faculty (Group B)
Patrick Willoughby Director of Sustainability
Paul Mullins Union Representatives
Phil Jennings Faculty (Group B)
Jay Turner (Chair) Environmental Studies Program
Piper Orton Chief of Staff in the President's Office
Sarah Barbrow Designee for the Chief Information Officer (after November)
Sarah Joskins Designee for the Chief Information Officer (before November)
Sarah Koenig Student Representative
Sergio Parussa Faculty (Group A)
Yui Suzuki Faculty (Group C)
Previous committee members who contributed to the plan
Ashley Funk Class of 2016
Jihelah Greenwald Class of 2016
Julie Norem Psychology Department
Katie McLean Facilities and Planning
Kris Neindorf Student Life
Marilyn Sides English Department
Paul Mullins Facilities
Sandy Kendall Office of Resources and Public Affairs
Seth Neumuller Economics Department
Sharon Bort Sustainability Coordinator
Sohie Lee Computer Science Department
Roth von Schmidgall Groundskeeper Specialist
Thomas Hodge Russian Department
Yurij Pawluk President's Office

Contact Us

Feedback on the plan? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Use the form below or send email to sustainability@wellesley.edu.