Sustainability Committee

The mission of the UCLA Sustainability Committee is to create a culture of sustainability at UCLA in which the entire UCLA community is aware of, engaged in, and committed to advancing sustainability through education, research, operations, and community partnerships.

The Committee works under the Office of the Chancellor and supports sustainability at UCLA by:

Fostering cross-cutting collaborations for the purpose of increasing awareness of sustainability concepts throughout the campus community and creating synergies that will educate and engage students, faculty and staff in these efforts.

Infusing sustainability into core academic and educational programs to ensure that our students are prepared to face the global challenges of the 21st century; promoting the application of the University’s unique resources to complex environmental, economic and social issues by: incorporating sustainability concepts into the academic curriculum, advancing interdisciplinary research, and engaging in community service activities that promote sustainability.

Integrating sustainable practices into campus operations and long-term planning by minimizing resource consumption and waste generation; establishing innovative procurement practices; utilizing indicators of sustainability that enable assessment of performance; and recognizing, supporting, and rewarding initiatives that promote sustainability.


In the spring of 2004, the CA Student Sustainability Coalition at UCLA drafted a letter to Chancellor Carnesale requesting the creation of a Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability. Chancellor Carnesale responded generously and commissioned the creation of the Campus Sustainability Committee.

Several faculty and administrators from a variety of campus departments, including student affairs, capital programs, general services, communications, and the chancellor’s office, along with two graduate and two undergraduate student representatives were appointed to the committee. Two co-chairs were appointed to the committee, Mary Nichols, then Director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, and Tova Lelah, Campus Environmental Planner. The committee was chaired for eight years by Cully Nordby, Academic Director of the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. 

Over the years the Committee has established three sub-Committees; Academics,  Operations, and  Communications, and later area specific taskforces to help coordinate initiatives across the broad campus. Sustainability is inherently multidisciplinary and involves all departments of an institution. The committee plays a critical role in managing the complex issues of sustainability in a university setting.

In 2016, in recognition of the scope of challenges ahead and the need for full engagement of leadership, an Executive Committee was created with key leadership from across the university.

UCLA Sustainability Committee

Executive Committee

Committee Chairs

  • Michael Beck, Administrative Vice Chancellor
  • Eric Hoek, Faculty Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge


  • Adriana Galván, Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Ann Carlson, Professor, Executive Director Emmett Center for Climate Change
  • Anna Spain Bradley, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Gregg Goldman, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jennifer Mnookin, Senior Dean for the Professional Schools and Dean, UCLA Law
  • Johnese Spisso, President and CEO, UCLA Health System
  • Joseph Bristow, Past Academic Senate Chair
  • Monroe Gorden, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Rhea Turteltaub, Vice Chancellor, External Affairs
  • Sandra Graham, Immediate Past Academic Senate Chair
  • Wendy Slusser, Associate Vice Provost, Healthy Campus Initiative

Main Committee


Members of the UCLA Sustainability Committee represent a broad range of campus experiences. Committee participants include administrators and staff from the Chancellor’s Office, Capital Programs, Facilities Management, Transportation, Environment Health and Safety, Recreation, Housing, Student Affairs, and University Communications; faculty with expertise in business, ecology, public health, and the environment, as well as both graduate and undergraduate students.

Committee Chairs

  • Casandra Rauser, Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
  • Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Facilities Management


  • Graduate Students (2) TBD for 2020-2021
  • Undergraduate Students – Alyssa Morena and Grace Leary


  • Carl Maida, Adjunct Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Cully Nordby, Academic Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Stephanie Pincetl, Professor in Residence, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Yoram Cohen, Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Administration and Staff

  • Alison Hewitt, Senior Media Relations Officer, UCLA Newsroom
  • Belinda Brendan, Lead Architect, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Chansoth Hill, Director, Events Office
  • Chidera Izuchukwu, Basic Needs Manager, Community Programs Office
  • Collin Dimock, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Cynthia Holmes, Director, ASUCLA Trademarks & Licensing
  • David Karwaski, Director, Mobility Planning & Traffic Systems
  • Denita Toneva, Sustainability Analyst, Facilities Management
  • Derek Doolittle, Associate Athletic Director, Facilities, Operations, and Capitals Programs
  • Elizabeth Ashford, Director of Student Research Programs, Geffen Academy
  • Erin Fabris, Sustainability Manager, Housing & Hospitality
  • Hillary Gordon, Library Assistant, English Department
  • James Evans, Sustainability Programs Manager, Health Systems
  • Jared Meyer, Senior Director, Housing & Hospitality
  • Kayla Shirey, Assistant Athletic Director, Events Operations
  • Kelly Schmader, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management
  • Liz Kennedy, Director of Ethical Labor and Sustainability, ASUCLA Trademarks & Licensing
  • Michael Deluca, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Life
  • Peter Hendrickson, Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Programs
  • Peter Angelis, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Housing & Hospitality
  • Pouria Abbassi, Executive Director and CEO, ASUCLA
  • Renee Fortier, Executive Director, Events & Transportation
  • Roy Chapawat, Director, ASUCLA Student Union
  • Sandra Chang, Commodity Manager, Campus Purchasing
  • Susan Santon, Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Planning & Finance
  • Todd Lynch, Principal Project Planner, Capital Programs
  • Xinkai Zhou, Senior Statistician, Department of Medicine Statistics

Subcommittees and Taskforces

Communications Taskforce
Chair: TBD

Events Task Force
Chair: Chansoth Hill

Water Task Force
Chair: Tracy Dudman

Food Task Force
Chair: Erin Fabris

Transportation and Planning Task Force
Co-Chairs: Renee Fortier and Sue Santon

Material Management
Chair: Bill Propst

Landscape and Natural Areas
Co-Chairs: Peter Hendrickson and Justin Wisor

Recycling and Waste
Chair: Bonny Bentzin and Kikei Wong

Green IT
Chair: Brendan Bellina

Health System Sustainability Steering Committee

Committee Chairs

  • Paul Watkins, Chief Administrative Officer, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
  • James Evans, Sustainability Programs Manager, Health Systems


  • Amy Kraft, Project Manager, Planning, Design and Construction
  • Annie Hilliard, Principal Food Service Manager
  • Anthony Johnson, Manager, Santa Monica Hospital Lab
  • Arturo Sanchez, Director, Environmental Services
  • Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA
  • Christina Colombo-Goodall, Director of Perioperative Nursing Operations
  • Diane Zalba, Director of Pharmacy
  • Donald Parks, Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
  • Eimee Miura, Director, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing
  • Erik Eggins, Safety Director
  • Jasmine Briones, Assistant Manager, Main OR
  • Jon Smithers, Facilities Energy Manager
  • Judi Goodfriend, Manager, Marketing
  • Kurt Kainsinger, Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness
  • Lloyd Brown, Pharmacy
  • Martin Lingard, Transportation
  • Melissa Prado, Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Michael Baca, Director, Materials Management
  • Michelle Tolentino, Director, Nursing Admin & Volunteer Program
  • Nilou Varahram, Business Manager, Nursing Administration
  • Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA
  • Patrese Kirsch, Director, Wellness & Community Engagement
  • Patti Oliver, Director of Nutrition
  • Philip Levin, Chief Medical Officer
  • Richard Azar, Executive Director of General Services
  • Ron Cail, Assistant Director, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
  • Shaunte Walton, Director of Epidemiology & Infection Prevention
  • Suzanne Kiely, Planning Design & Construction Project Manager
  • Teresa Zaroda, Quality Management Clinical Epidemiologist
  • Val Padilla, Director, Facilities