Cecil is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability, 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 Assistant Manager for Sustainability, overseeing the Office's communications, outreach, and student engagement programs, including NYU EcoReps. She also coordinates events and university-wide initiatives like Zero Waste Week, NYUnplugged, and Earth Month. Outside of the Office of Sustainability, Sophie directs the Teen Advocates for Sustainability Corps (TASC), a Green Grant recipient. 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.
Haiyun Chen supports the Administrative Aide with financial and administrative related matters, along with contributing to all of the events and programs. In her free time, she loves swimming, contemporary dance, and yoga. Haiyun is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies at NYU College of Arts and Sciences, and minoring in Business and Computer Science.
Lilly Ferris is the Student Engagement Coordinator, working to bridge the gap between student groups and administration in the environmental community at NYU. She is a senior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in Storytelling and Sense of Place with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also President of the EarthMatters club. In her free time Lilly loves to hike, rock climb, snowboard and drink tea!
Dylan Garcia is an EcoReps Coordinator, organizing EcoReps events and training material, as well as helping with communications and media for the Office. Dylan is a senior at NYU Gallatin concentrating in Sociology and Urban Sustainability.
Leila Jerome is a junior Sustainable Urban Environments major with minors in Construction Management and Studio Art . When she’s not working in the office as a Sustainability Assistant, Leila can be found blogging in Tandon's Green House Lounge, baking new cake flavor combinations, or creating elaborate sculptures in the basement of the Barney Building. Leila hopes to go into sustainable development for developing nations and LEED Design after completing her studies at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering.
Alex maintains the campus-wide fleet of bicycles. Alex is currently studying Business at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and the Leslie Entrepreneur’s Lab to start a company that tackles water sustainability issues of today and the future. He fills the rest of his time doing freelance photography around the city.
Dante Lariccia is a Bike Share Mechanic for the NYU Bike Share Program, where he helps maintain the campus-wide fleet of bicycles. When he isn't riding around Brooklyn or the NYU campus, he can be found rock climbing, cooking, and reading to his cat. Dante is a senior History and Politics major at NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Xin-rui Lee coordinates the Green Grants program, assisting applicants and working with Green Grant recipients from planning to the execution of their projects. Xin-rui is a senior at the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Philosophy, with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology.
Dhruv Malhotra is a Sustainability Assistant, co-coordinating the EcoReps and working with the Media and Communications team to promote sustainable living in and around NYU. Dhruv is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Environmental Studies at NYU College of Arts and Science.
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.