Cecil is the Chief Sustainability Officer, returning to NYU after nearly six years. Cecil formerly served as Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council and the Managing Director of the Building Resiliency Task Force for the City of New York. As Director of Energy and Sustainability at NYU from 2007 to 2012, Cecil was intimately involved in guiding NYU towards environmental excellence, leading efforts related to the co-gen plant, the Green Grants Program, 30% emissions reductions, greater solid waste diversion rates, weaving sustainability into our procurement, and drafting NYU's Climate Action Plan. Cecil founded the eco-village Dancing Rabbit; is a New York State licensed professional engineer; and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. He serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Council and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture. He earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Dianne is the Director of Sustainability. Her team runs a variety of programs that empower and guide the NYU community to enact and embrace sustainability practices and behaviors. Dianne joined NYU in 2007 and developed a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program. Prior to NYU Dianne worked in County-level government in California developing and implementing energy and waste management polices for new construction while retrofitting County buildings for energy efficiency. Dianne holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. She is a LEED Green Associate and Certified Energy Auditor.
Jauna is the Assistant Director of Sustainability, supporting the team in achieving sustainability goals across NYU campuses. Before joining NYU, Jauna worked for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation on multiple projects including leading project management for the PACT NYCHA renovation portfolio and developing food equity programming. She also worked on recycling and organics outreach programming for the NYC Department of Sanitation and developing green building operations and waste management training out of LaGuardia Community College for the Research Foundation at CUNY. Jauna earned an MS in Environmental Technology following a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from the New York Institute of Technology.
Jane O’Mahony is the Office Administrator, providing administrative support for all of the Office programs. She oversees the Office’s financial and HR related matters, in addition to contributing to any event planning and scheduling. Jane joined NYU in 2004 and previously worked with the Facilities & Construction Management and Energy Engineering teams. Her studies include Liberal Arts, Horticulture and Horticulture Therapy.
Nicholas Liu-Sontag is the Manager of Sustainability, helping to develop and implement NYU’s sustainability programs and commitments. He brings a background in buildings and energy to his work in advancing NYU’s mission to create healthier, more comfortable, and lower impact spaces for the NYU community. Nicholas has eight years of experience in the energy engineering and sustainability fields. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and is pursuing a M.S. in Applied Urban Science & Informatics at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, where his work is focused on developing machine learning techniques to predict opioid overdose outbreaks. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED Accredited Professional.
Sophie Golomb is the Manager of Sustainability, overseeing the Office's outreach, engagement programs, and communications. She supervises student employees, develops and facilitates programs and trainings, coordinates events and university-wide initiatives, and helps to spread awareness of sustainability throughout the NYU community. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Studio Art from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU Steinhardt.
Joann supports the Office in organizing events, developing student engagement initiatives, and coordinating the Green Grants program. Born and raised in New York City, she is passionate about sustainable urban dwelling through education and design. Her previous work includes green roof research and construction with NYC Parks and outreach for the DSNY organics collection program. She holds a B.F.A. in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and enjoys rock climbing, capoeira, and trying new recipes.
Camila Saavedra Lozano is an architect and technology manager with experience in innovation for architecture, engineering, and construction projects. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Management of Technology at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. As Communications Coordinator, Camila is in charge of creating and managing the online presence of NYUGreen through a variety of graphic design projects. Her goal is to increase the engagement of the NYU community with the NYU’s sustainable initiatives and objectives. She enjoys reading, cycling, and capturing cities with a camera or sketchbook.
Avani is a graduate student at NYU's Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development, pursuing an MA/MSLIS in Nutrition & Food Studies and Library and Information Sciences. She is extremely passionate about food, and wants to work to understand and design better food systems. Her interests lie in the intersections of food, sustainability and design. As the Food & Dining Coordinator, her goal is to liaise between the Office of Sustainability and NYU Eats, to help make NYU's dining more sustainable, and to create programs to improve student awareness and engagement.
Lily is a senior in CAS studying Biology on the Ecology track with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and the child of a summer camp director, a deep love for the Earth was instilled in Lily from an early age. As Waste Education Coordinator, they help develop campus communications around waste education and awareness, plan student engagement opportunities such as Zero Waste Week, and spread resources that support efforts to reduce waste. She enjoys birdwatching, arts and crafts, and trying out new recipes!
Alex is a senior at NYU Tandon currently pursuing a B.S. in Sustainable Urban Environments and dual minors in Management and Transportation Engineering. As the student engagement coordinator, she serves as a liaison between the Office of Sustainability and student organizations, plans service/volunteer events, and helps students get involved in sustainability programs. She is passionate about urban mobility, sustainability, and equity. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, journaling, and making sweets!