Who We Are
Ozgem Ornektekin · Director, Office of Sustainability is responsible for providing visionary leadership, strategy and direction for advancing and integrating sustainability and energy conservation principals into the operational functions of the New York University. Prior to joining NYU, Ozgem served as the first Director of Sustainability at the NYC Department of Education responsible for creating and implementing a sustainability strategy for the NYC Department of Education to meet its energy conservation, recycling, ecology and green curriculum goals and objectives. She is also adjunct faculty at the New York School of Interior Design. She is a 2010-2011 NYC Department of Education Chancellorís Fellow, a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver.
Dianne Anderson · Sustainable Resources Manager manages NYU's sustainability, energy and resource conservation efforts. Areas of responsibility include directing energy and water reduction projects in over 160 buildings of varied usage and occupancy, design review, audits and measurements, demand response, and NYU Recycling Services.
Prior to NYU, Dianne was the Resource Conservation Specialist for the County of San Mateo, located in California, where she taught green building design workshops, launched a Green Business Program, and directed Construction & Demolition Debris recycling requirements. She also brought together a Utility & Sustainability Task Force to produce a Countywide Energy Strategy.
Dianne received her Master's of Public Administration from NYU's Robert F. Wagner's Graduate School of Public Service, B.S. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and Green Building Certification from Sonoma State University. She is a Certified Energy Auditor.
Dianne is passionate about living green and will gladly tell you about her home remodeling projects using green, environmentally-friendly products.
George Reis · Supervisor of Sustainable Landscaping, NYU Garden Shop studied horticulture and garden design at the New York Botanical Garden. He became motivated to seek out a natural systems approach to plant care after being licensed to apply restricted-use pesticides by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A member of MetroHort and the Ecological Landscaping Association, George joined the Northeast Organic Farming Association in order to adapt their methods of organic land care to the urban gardens of NYU.
George came to NYU as a gardener in 1995 and studied Portuguese and Brazilian literature in NYU's College of Arts and Science. His translation of a Portuguese poem appeared in Mantis, a literary journal at Stanford University. He has begun translating selected writings of Roberto Burle Marx, the great Brazilian landscape architect. George and his wife Ethel live in leafy Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Nicolas Gordon · Manager, Office of Sustainability is responsible for managing diverse energy and sustainability projects to achieve the NYU sustainability goals and objectives.
Prior to NYU, Nicolas was Director of Engineering and Environment for Explora Hotels in Chile, where he developed a sustainability policy for the company, led major building renovations and systems retrofits, established an integrated waste management plan for all operations and conducted the companyís first carbon footprint report (GHG Protocol). He was also member of the Sustainability Board of the Chilean Federation of Tourism Enterprises.
Nicolas holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Catòlica de Chile. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, trained on GRI G4 guidelines and is a 2013 Climate Corps fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund. His other areas of expertise include optimization through decision models and life cycle assessment (LCA).
Eric Sluyter · Coordinator, Web Development & Graphic Design Program is a graduate of Steinhardt's Music Technology program. Things that are important to him include striving to understand how the world works, creating spaces in which people can meaningfully share experiences and worldviews, and listening to every sound he hears with the same level of curiosity and wonder. He is very interested in music, biking, nature, programming, language, and the artistic intersections thereof; he can frequently be found crafting beautiful, dimensional sounds and exploring the stories they have to tell.
Erik Battista · Coordinator, Bike Share Program is a student of Urban Design and Architecture in CAS who enjoys the freedom he receives from his bike to explore the city in a fast, engaging, and stimulating way. He comes into his time at the Office of Sustainability hoping to continue growing the number of riders at NYU and making the experience an increasingly convenient and practical choice in everyday life. When not on two wheels Erik tends to spend time honing his chef skills, retreating to nature, working in the community gardens by his house and sleeping. He hopes to compete in a cyclocross race at some point in the next year.
Brynn O'Donnell · Coordinator, Student Programming is a freshman in CAS studying Environmental Science, with a minor in Biology and Documentary. She aspires to one day work in the renewable energy sector, increasing the accessibility the average family has to a sustainable lifestyle. She is an active member of Earthmatters! and one of the founders of the (prospective) Environmental Studies Club. Although Netflix and skating take up much of her time, she's always eager to geek out about the environment or embark on outdoor adventures.
Arman Bhuiyan · Program Assistant, Green Grants & Digital Media is a sophomore studying Finance and Business Economics at the Stern School of Business with a minor in Psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. Although he hopes to pursue a career in the corporate world, he is particularly interested in changing corporate culture and implementing sustainable business practices in the workplace and throughout the financial services industry. In the future, due to his interests in business, psychology and sustainability, he hopes to become actively involved in projects to apply progressive economic models to improve the socioeconomic conditions of impoverished communities and develop sustainable infrastructure in underdeveloped societies. He enjoys discovering new music, reading, going on adventures without maps or destinations, and playing basketball.
Mariana Macedo · Coordinator, Recruitment and Engagement is a Master of Environmental Conservation Education Candidate with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She comes to the Office of Sustainability with experience working for an education technology start-up in student recruitment in Washington, DC and Hong Kong. Mariana earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and has a deep interest in wildlife conservation. She enjoys traveling, reading, and getting to know New York City.