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.
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 five years of experience in the energy engineering and passive house fields. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and he is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED Green Associate.
Sophie Golomb is the Manager of Sustainability, overseeing the Office's outreach, engagement programs, and communications. She supervises the NYU EcoReps program, 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.
Andrew supports the development and implementation of various initiatives to advance NYU’s sustainability efforts. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, he gained experience in non-profit advocacy, community sustainability, and energy policy research. He received his M.A. in Environmental Policy from Pace University, and B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri. Outside of work he enjoys seeing live music, hiking, cycling, or any other activity involving being outdoors.
Hina Wilkerson is the Communication Supervisor for the Office of Sustainability, managing the office’s social presence and developing content for the Sustainablog. She received her B.A in communication with a minor in religion from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Currently a first year graduate student in the department of Media Culture and Communication, her research interests pertain to visual culture and representation of marginalized voices. On her free time she likes to cook, listen to podcasts, and take photos.
Delaney Martin is a Sustainability Assistant who plans events, campaigns, and outreach initiatives focused on sustainability on campus. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, playing water polo and skiing. She is a senior Environmental Studies and Mathematics double major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.