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 Co-Chairs

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


Michael Beck, Administrative Vice Chancellor (Co-Chair)
Ann Carlson, Professor, Executive Director Emmett Center for Climate Change
Sandra Graham, Immediate Past Academic Senate Chair
Eric Hoek, Faculty Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (Co-Chair)
Monroe Gorden, Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Joseph Bristow, Past Academic Senate Chair
Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer
Jennifer Mnookin, Senior Dean for the Professional Schools and Dean, UCLA Law
Gregg Goldman, Chief Financial Officer
Wendy Slusser, Associate Vice Provost, Healthy Campus Initiative
Johnese Spisso, President and CEO, UCLA Health System
Pat Turner, Senior Dean of the College
Rhea Turteltaub, Vice Chancellor, External Affairs
Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer (ex-officio)

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 Chair

Interim: Casandra Rauser, Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge


Yvonne Yock, Climate Action Director, Graduate Students Association
Graduate Student TBD 2019-2020
Undergraduate Student (2) TBD for 2019-2020


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

Administration and Staff

Pouria Abbassi, Special Projects Director, ASUCLA
Peter Angelis, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Housing & Hospitality Services
Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer
Sandra Chang, Commodity Manager, Strategic Sourcing, Campus Purchasing
Mick Deluca, Director, Cultural and Recreational Affairs
Colin Dimock, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Environment, Health, and Safety (Alternate: Michelle Amante Sityar, Executive Officer, Environment, Health and Safety)
James Evans, Sustainability Programs Manager, Health System
Erin Fabris, Sustainability Manager, Housing & Hospitality Services
Renée Fortier, Director, Events and Transportation
Peter Hendrickson, Campus Architect, Capital Programs
Hillary Gordon, Staff Assembly Representative
Nurit Katz, UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer
Antoine Kunsch, Sustainability Coordinator, Recreation and Sports Venues
Chansoth Hill, Director, Events Office
Todd Lynch, Principal Project Planner, Capital Programs
Sue Santon, Associate Vice Chancellor, Capital Planning and Finance, Capital Programs
Kelly Schmader, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Committee Staff

Christina Hernandez, Program Administrator Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

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

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