Sustainability Committee

The Emerson Sustainability Committee, comprising faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students, encourages environmental, social, and financial actions that reflect the College’s commitment to sustainable practices. This Committee meets regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters. Campus Services appoints members annually, considering expertise, passion, and commitment. Please email sustainability [at] emerson.edutitle="Email Sustainability" to reach the committee. Current members are:

  • Daryn Snijdewind (Student)
  • Julia Weeks (Student)
  • Seth Grue (Staff)
  • Nancy Howell (Staff)
  • Karen Dickinson (Staff)
  • Terry Bretzke (Staff)
  • Laurel Greenberg (Faculty)
  • Rhiannon Luyster (Faculty)
  • Michael Tucker (Faculty)
  • Nejem Raheem (Faculty)
  • Jon Honea (Faculty)
  • Mary Shertenlieb (Faculty)
  • Sara Salimbeni (Faculty)
  • Todd Smith (Faculty)
  • Heerak Shah (Faculty)

Resilience Task Force

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change. The key concept in resilience is that in an era of change, it is critical to develop adaptive capacity to ensure a positive future for Emerson. Boston is expected to be one of the areas hit hardest by climate change in North America. It is more important than ever that Emerson shows leadership by anticipating challenges while promoting our five strategies of academic excellence, civic engagement, global engagement, innovation, and financial strength. The executive-level Resilience Task Force aligns Emerson’s Climate Action Plan with resiliency categories, including Social, Human, Physical, Financial, and Natural. Current members are:

  • Sofiya Cabalquinto
  • Shari Stier
  • Duncan Pollock
  • Loretta Bemis
  • Amy Ansell

Green Ribbon Commission

Green Ribbon Commission, or GRC, is a group of leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change. They seek to help meet Boston’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The commission plays three important roles in advancing this goal. First, GRC advises the City on the implementation of its climate action plan. Second, GRC members engage sector leadership in aligning their assets and initiatives to support the plan outcomes. Third, GRC members demonstrate best environmental practices. Emerson is involved in the GRC through the Higher Education Working Group (HEWG) and the Cultural Institutions Working Group. The HEWG seeks to use leadership to enable the higher education sector to meet the climate plan emissions reductions targets. The Cultural Institutions Working Group seeks to lead climate action through creativity, education, and facility energy efficiency and resilience.

  • 7%

    of Emerson's carbon footprint is from college owned & controlled sources

Unite the Orgs

Leaders from Emerson’s environmental student organizations, Earth Emerson (which houses Green Gala), and Emerson Green Collective, meet alongside the SGA Green Commissioner and the Campus Services Eco-Ambassadors semi-regularly during the fall and spring semesters to align group efforts and support each other’s goals. Through Unite the Orgs, student leaders build their network across campus, share resources, and identify opportunities to strengthen their campus impact. This collaborative conglomerate fosters student-wide support for environmental action on campus.