Staff

Julie Newman, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Sustainability and Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Julie joined MIT as the Institute’s first Director of Sustainability in the summer of 2013. She has worked in the field of sustainable development and campus sustainability for twenty years. Her research has focused on the intersection between decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education. Julie is also a Lecturer in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

Julie joined MIT as the Institute’s first Director of Sustainability in the summer of 2013. She has worked in the field of sustainable development and campus sustainability for twenty years. Her research has focused on the intersection between decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education.

In 2004, Julie was recruited to be the founding Director of the Office of Sustainability for Yale University.  At Yale, Julie held a lecturer appointment with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she taught an undergraduate course entitled – Sustainability: From theory to practice in institutions.  Julie came to Yale from the University of New Hampshire, Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) where she assisted with the development of the program since its inception in 1997.  Prior to her work with the OSP she worked for University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). In 2004 Julie co-founded the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region.

Julie lectures and consults for universities both nationally and internationally, participates on a variety of boards and advisory committees and has contributed to a series of edited books and peer reviewed journals. Julie holds a BS in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan; an MS in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire.

See below for a list of Julie Newman's publications related to campus sustainability.

Journal Articles

Newman, J. (2012). An organizational change management framework for sustainability. Greener Management International. Galea , C. [Ed.].  pp. 65-75(11).

Newman, J ; Rauch, J. (2009). Institutionalizing a greenhouse gas commitment at Yale. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Vol. 10 Issue: 4, 390 - 400.
 
Newman, J. (2009). Education for Sustainability – Designing an educational system for sustainability. Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC.
 
Newman, J.; Weber, S.; Bookhart, D. (2009) Institutionalizing campus-wide sustainability: A programmatic approach. Sustainability: Journal of Record. vo.2 no.3.
 
Newman, J.; Rauch, J. (2009). Defining sustainability metric targets in an institutional setting. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. v. 10. n.2., 107 – 116.

Newman, J.; Rauch, J. (2008). Zeroing in on sustainability. Sustainability: Journal of Record. vo. 1. no.6, 387-390.
 
Newman, J. (2008). Reconceptualizing a model for service learning in the context of a sustainable campus. Practical approaches to ethics for colleges and universities. New Directions for Higher Education. No. 142. , 17 – 24.

Book Chapters
 
Newman, J. (2010). Sustainability education. Siever, B. (Ed.). The Spirit of Sustainability Encyclopedia [pp.148-150]. Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire Publishing Group, LLC.
 
Newman, J. (2007). The impacts of cell phones and laptops in a sustainable world.  Kleiman, S. (Ed).  Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the 21 st Century. [pp.77-83] New York, New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
 
Newman, J. (2006). The role of a campus sustainability professional in facilitating institutional reform. 147 Tips for Teaching Sustainability [pp.99-102]. Timpson, W. [Ed]. Madison, Wisconsin: Attwood Publishing.
 
Newman, J., Abrams, E. (2005). Organizational structure and rational choice: Unveiling the obstacles to integrating sustainability into decision-making in an institution of higher education. Leal Filho, W.(Ed) Handbook of Sustainability Research. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Scientific Publishing.

Edited Volumes
 
Newman, J. (Ed.). (June 2011). Green Education: An A-to-Z Guide. (vol.7). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
 
Newman, J. (Ed). (June, 2011).  Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-to-Z Guide (vol. 8). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
 
Newman, J. Fernandez, L. (2007).  Strategies for Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education – Report on the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium 3rd Annual Conference. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Report n.10. New Haven, CT: FES.
Books
 
Newman, J. (2009). Reaching Beyond Compliance: The Challenges of Achieving Campus Sustainability. Germany: VDM Publishing.

Conference Proceedings & Professional Reports
 
Newman, J.  (2005, April). Strategies for integrating sustainability into higher education: A case analysis of Yale University.  United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – The role of higher education institutions. Graz, Austria.

Newman, J. (2002, August).  What keeps universities from fully embracing sustainability principles?: A presentation of a conceptual framework for research. Conference proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Education.
 
Newman, J. (2001, October).  Consumer choice, sustainability, and a constructivist pedagogy. Conference proceedings of the National Association of Environmental Education.

Informational Articles and Instructional Materials
 
Newman, J. (2003, November). Is eating a moral act?: An exploration from agrarianism to consumerism.  The Center for the Humanities Newsletter. No. 2

Newman, J. ;  Diezel, J. (2001, January) Continuing connections through the curriculum and community.  Connections  Newsletter. Vol.16. No.1
 

Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability

Steve helped to establish the Office of Sustainability in 2013. Prior to this, Steve was leading campus sustainability efforts within the Environment, Health and Safety Headquarters Office at MIT since 2005.

Steve helped to establish the Office of Sustainability in 2013. Prior to this, Steve was leading campus sustainability efforts within the Environment, Health and Safety Headquarters Office at MIT since 2005. In this new capacity, Steve works to develop, promote, and coordinate MIT-wide policies and programs to advance the Institute’s commitment to sustainable practices, while integrating campus-focused research and learning opportunities with MIT’s faculty, students, and the broader community. Steve serves on a number of advisory and working committees serving the Institute, the Cities of Cambridge and Boston, and his hometown of Winchester. He is an active volunteer with the Cambridge Schools Volunteers where he has mentored 5th and 6th grade students for nearly ten years.

Before joining MIT, Steve worked in a variety of environmental research and planning capacities in management consulting, technical consulting, and non-profit policy research, including the World Resources Institute, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and Arthur Andersen.

Steve is an environmental planner by training with 20 years experience in environmental policy development and program implementation.  He holds a Bachelors degree in international economic development from Brown University, and a Masters degree in environmental policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rebecca R. Fowler

Rebecca provides administrative support to all staff members in the Office of Sustainability. She joined the office in March 2016 and acts in the role of office manager, human resources administrator, and event planner.  She has over 5 years of experience as an administrative professional. Prior to joining the Office she worked for the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant to three prominent faculty. Rebecca has a M.Sc. In Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent and a B.A. In Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Rebecca provides administrative support to all staff members in the Office of Sustainability. She joined the office in March 2016 and acts in the role of office manager, human resources administrator, and event planner.  She has over 5 years of experience as an administrative professional. Prior to joining the Office she worked for the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant to three prominent faculty. Rebecca has a M.Sc. In Environmental Social Science from the University of Kent and a B.A. In Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Sustainability Project Manager, Office of Sustainability

Brian is an environmental planner who joined MIT in June 2016 to help advance projects in climate, stormwater, land and waste management.  He brings 15 years experience working with cities, communities, not-for-profits and private developers to optimize environmental and social benefits while mitigating risks.  Brian’s perspectives are drawn from urban and rural projects in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean. 

Brian is an environmental planner who joined MIT in June 2016 to help advance projects in climate, stormwater, land and waste management.  He brings 15 years experience working with cities, communities, not-for-profits and private developers to optimize environmental and social benefits while mitigating risks.  Brian’s perspectives are drawn from urban and rural projects in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.  He comes to MIT after a decade at the global engineering, planning and design firm AECOM and was previously working for the United Nations and James Corner Field Operations.  He holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from Union College.

 

Susy Jones
Sustainability Project Manager, Office of Sustainability

Susy joined MIT to work on campus sustainability in January, 2013. In her role, she works closely with administrative staff, faculty, and students to integrate sustainability into the Institute. She helped to develop the strategic framework, which launched the Office in 2013. She works on a range of projects related to transportation, food, waste, student engagement, and communications. Susy has ten years of experience advancing healthy, sustainable communities.

Susy joined MIT to work on campus sustainability in January, 2013. In her role, she works closely with administrative staff, faculty, and students to integrate sustainability into the Institute. She helped to develop the strategic framework, which launched the Office in 2013. She works on a range of projects related to transportation, food, waste, student engagement, and communications. Susy has ten years of experience advancing healthy, sustainable communities. Before her arrival at MIT, she was a Program Manager at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships in Lexington, Mass., where she worked to advance state and local energy efficiency policies related to schools, public facilities, and building energy codes. Susy began her career in Philadelphia where she worked to increase nutritious, local food options in Philadelphia neighborhoods, managing the city’s nutrition education program in 70 public schools. Susy has an M.A. in Urban & Environmental Planning & Policy from Tufts University and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.

Senior Data Analyst, Office of Sustainability

Derek joined the Office of Sustainability in January 2016. In his role, Derek is helping the office build out a dynamic data practice that tracks operational performance and enhances institutional decision-making. He has experience working with a variety of statistical software to clean, transform, and analyze complex datasets. In addition, Derek has experience developing interactive and user-friendly dashboards to visualize analysis results.
 

Derek joined the Office of Sustainability in January 2016. In his role, Derek is helping the office build out a dynamic data practice that tracks operational performance and enhances institutional decision-making. He has experience working with a variety of statistical software to clean, transform, and analyze complex datasets. In addition, Derek has experience developing interactive and user-friendly dashboards to visualize analysis results.
 
Most recently, Derek worked as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security analyzing trends in large volumes of international traveler data. He received a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2014. His academic specializations are in economic development, public finance, and sustainability. 

 

Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction

Emma Corbalan recently joined MIT as a Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction.  Emma will spend her first 18 months with the Office of Sustainability, then move to Campus Planning and then integrate into Campus Construction.
 

Emma Corbalan recently joined MIT as a Project Manager for Sustainable Design and Construction.  Emma will spend her first 18 months with the Office of Sustainability, then move to Campus Planning and then integrate into Campus Construction.
 
Emma is a licensed architect and project manager with ten years of experience leading projects, primarily in the life science and corporate commercial sectors.  Her personal and professional interests are focused on the design and execution of sustainable, high-performance buildings.  As a member of her previous firm’s Sustainability Leadership Team, she was responsible for leading sustainable design initiatives, reporting of annual project energy performance as part of the 2030 initiative, supporting project teams seeking LEED certification, and presenting course material on sustainable design strategies and the LEED rating system.
 
Emma holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University, with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Sustainability.  Emma is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Boston Sustainability Networking Group, and is the Vice-Chair of the USGBC MA Chapter Advocacy Committee, which promotes legislation, initiatives and policies that will advance sustainable building practices in Massachusetts.

Catherine Nabukalu
Sustainability Fellow

Catherine is working on sustainability as it applies to MIT’s food systems. She joined the office in June 2016 and is a liaison between campus dining and the Office of Sustainability. She works closely with MIT’s key stakeholders to clearly define and examine existing criteria for food sustainability. She is currently researching best practices and guidelines for what constitutes sustainability in the campus’ end-to-end food supply chain. 

Catherine is working on sustainability as it applies to MIT’s food systems. She joined the office in June 2016 and is a liaison between campus dining and the Office of Sustainability. She works closely with MIT’s key stakeholders to clearly define and examine existing criteria for food sustainability. She is currently researching best practices and guidelines for what constitutes sustainability in the campus’ end-to-end food supply chain. 

Before joining this Office, Catherine worked for three years in procurement and inventory management for businesses, where she set principles for sustainable resource use and waste reduction. She also serves as the academic coordinator for master’s programs in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and co-president for Oikos’ sustainability chapter at UPenn.

She is a graduate student in the Master of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Aston University (UK) and a certificate in Business Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia (US).