Director of sustainability
About the position
The director of sustainability will lead, direct, and continue to develop sustainability programs that support the University's strategic objectives and mission. The director of sustainability will be responsible for overseeing the VCU RamBikes Shop and the VCU biking policy, and will oversee the operation of the VCU Free Store and ensure that the on-campus resource promotes equitable access to basic necessities of living for members of the VCU community. The director of sustainability also coordinates with the University’s academic community to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and develop, coordinate and implement sustainability plans and other programs to achieve VCU sustainability commitments and goals. This role will oversee the annual
greenhouse gas emissions inventory, actively maintain the VCU Climate Action Plan, and effectively submit required annual sustainability reports (ACUPCC, STARS, Sierra Club, Princeton Review, etc.). The director of sustainability is a member of the VCU Design and Construction Guidelines Committee and the VCU Council For Community Engagement.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
Mary Cox, Chair, Director of Planning and Design, VCU Facilities Management
Dana Henry, HR Manager, VCU Facilities Management
Mia Liadis, Health Educator, Wellness, The Well
Tito Luna, Neighborhood Outreach Director, Division of Community Engagement
Christopher Melton, Director of Support Services, VCU Facilities Management
Michael Trzesniowski, Director of Engineering and Utilities, VCU Facilities Management