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

Amber Garrard

Current Responsibilities: Amber is the Director of the Office of Sustainability. In this role, she provides leadership and management to the Office as it advises on, and provides direction for sustainability at Yale; provides accountability on the institution’s sustainability commitments; and builds a culture of sustainability across the University and beyond.  Amber helps builds strategic partnerships across Yale to advance the University’s sustainability initiatives and advance the goals of the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025. She currently leads the university’s climate resilience planning effort; convenes the New Haven Nature and Health Initiative; and serves on numerous committees across the institution.
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: M.A. Sustainable Development, SIT Graduate Institute; Co-chair, Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium Working Group on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ask Me About: Nature & Health; Climate Resilience; Biodiversity; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging; Planetary Solutions Project

Lindsay Crum
Associate Director

Current Responsibilities: Lindsay provides strategic direction for streamlined sustainability operations, and helps identify the economic, social and environmental benefits of the university’s sustainability projects and programs. She manages the annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory with The Climate Registry and works on scope 3 emissions efforts. Lindsay is actively involved in the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium and sustainable materials management initiatives.
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of the Environment; LEED AP BD+C; Executive Co-Chair, Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium
Ask Me About: Reuse, Recycling, Upcycling, Composting, Procurement, Sustainability metrics, GHG emissions inventories and protocols, LEED.

Sarah Jane Compton
Senior Administrative Assistant

Current Responsibilities: Sarah Jane is the Senior Administrative Assistant of the Office of Sustainability. She provides comprehensive program support to the Office of Sustainability, including event management, procurement, and financial operations.

Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Vermont

Ask Me About: Green Certifications and general questions about the Office

Lisa Noriega
Sustainability Data Analyst

Current Responsibilities: Lisa manages the collection, analysis and presentation of campus sustainability metrics; prepares the annual Sustainability Progress Report; creates data visualizations; and provides support to the Chief Manager for Sustainability Operations and Strategic Data in making the economic, social and environmental cases for University sustainability initiatives and greenhouse gas reporting. She also oversees the University’s biennial sustainability survey, our biennial transportation survey, and our biennial AASHE STARS submission.
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: M.S. Environmental Policy, Bard Center for Environmental Policy; B.S. Environmental Science and Resource Management, California State University Channel Islands.
Ask Me About: Sustainability metrics collection and performance analysis, Data design and visualizations, AASHE STARS, Sustainability progress reporting, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Maria Gutiérrez
Sustainability Engagement Manager

Current Responsibilities: Maria is responsible for leading efforts to increase visibility across the student population and advancing Yale’s sustainability goals. She collaborates with students and staff across Yale’s residential colleges and professional schools, supports student interest groups and campus partners, leads Spring Salvage, and contributes to the planning and management of events such as Celebrate Sustainability and Earth Day.

Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: Ph.D. in Egyptology, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Ask Me About: Student Engagement, Community Building, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB), Bulldog Sustainability, Earth Day, Celebrate Sustainability, and Spring Salvage.

Andy Bromage
Sustainability Communications Specialist

Current Responsibilities: Andy is responsible for leading communications related to Yale’s sustainability goals. He manages the Office’s website, social media channels and e-newsletters; writes articles and explainers on sustainability-related topics; and helps to coordinate two campus-wide events: Earth Week in April and Celebrate Sustainability Week in October.
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: B.A. in Sociology, Colorado College
Ask Me About: Yale Sustainability Websites, Social Media, E-Newsletters, Celebrate Sustainability Week, Earth Week, Strategic Communications