Sustainability is both an institutional commitment and a community value, exercised daily as DePauw University pursues our commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040. The Office for Sustainability seeks an individual to work with the Sustainability Director to lead day-to-day activities of the Sustainability program at DePauw. We are seeking a thoughtful, reflective individual with an understanding of the urgency of anthropogenic climate disruption and a passion for sustainable solutions that support our education mission. This position will report to and work closely with DePauw’s Sustainability Director; and will engage and empower our campus and community toward becoming more socially, economically, and environmentally just.
This individual will also manage and work on the one-acre campus farm, primarily from May to September. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to planting plants, weeding, trimming, cleaning, keeping all records for the campus farm, making plans to expand the farm, and interfacing with Bon Appetit, local food pantries, and other interested parties.
This is a 12-month administrative appointment responsible to the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development with responsibilities for the development, coordination and primary oversight of sustainability education at Central College.
Central College has been a decades-long regional leader in sustainability education, a value that is integrated into the fabric of student experience and includes a graduation requirement for all students in global sustainability with a developmental learning goal for all students to learn and foster habits of sustainability that is intentionally integrated across the campus and with national recognition as a “green” campus and for multiple LEED-certified buildings that are also used as educational tools for students. The commitment of faculty, students, and staff is deep and long standing. We are now in a position to move forward with this presidential initiative under the leadership of a newly created position of Director of Sustainability Education who will serve as a full-time, dedicated resource person, driver of systemic change, coordinator of campus efforts, and monitor (and therefore community educator) of consumption.
Primary responsibilities include fostering a culture of sustainability among faculty, staff, and students; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and developing long- and short-range programs; and engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units. A main function of the position is to reduce the VCU carbon footprint. The Director of Sustainability also coordinates with the University’s academic community to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. The Director of Sustainability will guide the University toward fulfilling its obligations to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) through the aforementioned responsibilities.