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
Director

Current Responsibilities: Ginger is the Director of the Office of Sustainability, providing leadership and management to ensure the integration of sustainable principles and practices across the university. Her expertise in building planning, design, and construction provide the focus of her responsibilities including university design standards (such as healthy materials, embodied carbon, water use, efficient space use, and energy efficiency among others) and on- and off- campus decarbonization efforts to achieve climate neutrality.
 
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: Master of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture;  Member American Institute of Architects;  LEED AP BD+C
 
Ask Me About: Buildings, Planning, Design Standards, Stormwater, Water Use, Climate Action, GHG emissions inventories and protocols, Carbon Offsets, LEED.
 

Amber Garrard
Associate Director

Current Responsibilities: Amber oversees Yale’s sustainability initiatives focused on health, equity, and resilience. This includes oversight of Yale’s sustainability mobility portfolio, community engagement, and partnerships with the city of New Haven. Amber convenes and helps builds strategic partnerships across the university to advance Yale’s sustainability initiatives.
 
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, Resilience Planning; Biodiversity; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Planetary Solutions Project

Lindsay Crum
Chief Manager for Sustainability Operations & Strategic Data

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 Forestry & Environmental Studies; 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 2

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: Sustainability Leaders, Green Certifications, 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 bi-annual sustainability survey, our bi-annual transportation survey, and our bi-annual 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 Gutierrez
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.