Office of Sustainability

Established in 2005, the Office of Sustainability’s mission is to advance sustainability within the Yale community by acting as a catalyst for information exchange and facilitating capacity building, innovation, streamlined operations, and preparation of tomorrow’s sustainability leaders.

Meet Our Staff

Ginger Chapman

Ginger Chapman is the Director of the Office of Sustainability providing leadership and management to ensure the integration of sustainable principles and practices across the university. Prior to her current role she served as the Director of Facilities Sustainable Initiatives supporting units within Facilities to achieve goals set out in the first Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan (2010-2013).

Melissa Goodall
Associate Director

Melissa Goodall is the Associate Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability, where her main focus is developing and implementing sustainability action plans for Yale’s Professional Schools and other high-impact departments. She is also responsible for strategic projects and outreach to support Yale’s sustainability leadership. She is the chair of the Sustainable Campus Initiative of the International Alliance of Research Universities and the co-chair of the Advisory Council of the International Sustainable Campus Network.

Amber Garrard
Senior Manager

Amber Garrard is the Senior Manager for the Yale Office of Sustainability where she works to actively engage stakeholders throughout the Yale community in furthering sustainability efforts and reaching the university’s sustainability goals. Amber’s outreach portfolio includes managing programs such the Sustainability Service Corps, Green Certifications and Sustainability Action Planning for Yale’s cultural properties and Medical School, as well as Office of Sustainability communications. 

Lindsay Crum
Sustainability Metrics & Program Manager

Lindsay Crum is the Sustainability Metrics & Program Manager for the Yale Office of Sustainability, where she oversees and manages the process of collecting and presenting campus sustainability metrics. Lindsay’s portfolio also includes working on sustainable materials management, and Sustainability Action Planning for Yale Athletics, the Libraries, and Procurement. Lindsay has a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), and is a LEED AP BD+C. 

Sarah Jane Compton
Senior Administrative Assistant 2

Sarah Jane Compton is the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Yale Office of Sustainability where she oversees and coordinates administrative, program, and office activities. Sarah Jane is not new to the Yale community as she previously worked in the Physics department. During her four years at Physics Sarah Jane volunteered her time to sustainability efforts by becoming a Sustainability Leader, creating a Green Team in the department and implementing strategies for paper reduction.

Scot Bearss
Sustainability Outreach Manager

Scot Bearss is the Sustainability Outreach Manager where his responsibilities include managing department communications, working with Sustainability Leaders across Yale, and planning sustainability events. He holds two degrees in religious studies, one from Seattle Pacific University, and another from Yale Divinity School.

Ashley Jankowski
Sustainability Fellow

Ashley is the Sustainability Fellow at the Office of Sustainability and joined the Office in August 2019. Ashley is responsible for supporting the sustainability work of Yale’s Professional Schools and currently oversees the launch and implementation of 14 Sustainability Action Plans at each of Yale’s residential colleges. Ashley also supports ongoing research and the development of communications strategies surrounding Yale’s campus-wide sustainability efforts.