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Webinar: Building a Circular Campus: Scope 3 Emissions, Community Resilience, & Justice

March 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


As Barnard College defines a pathway to net zero emissions, we are paying particular attention to our Scope 3 emissions and using the principles of circularity to address them. Measuring and reporting Scope 3 emissions is notoriously difficult, but they represent 57% of Barnard’s total footprint, and the behaviors associated with Scope 3 touch every aspect of the daily lives of our community. Join us as we discuss Barnard’s innovative and aggressive approach: panelists will discuss strategies for tracking, measuring, and reducing Scope 3 emissions, including Barnard’s circular frameworks: Circular Campus, designed to reduce waste, emissions, and costs while supporting student access and affordability and Circular Community, extending our Circular Campus to build a more regenerative and resilient community outside our gates. Panelists will situate this approach in the context of Barnard’s overall pathway to net zero. A key topic of this discussion will be how Barnard’s emphasis on circular and regenerative principles aligns with and supports our commitment to social and environmental justice.

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Sandra Goldmark, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre, Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action, Barnard College

Sandra Goldmark is a teacher, designer, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on innovative and sustainable engagement with material culture. She is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Theatre at Barnard College, and has designed sets and costumes for theatres around the country. She also serves as Barnard’s first Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action. Sandra is also the Founder of Fixup (formerly Pop Up Repair), a social enterprise that employs local theatre artists and other makers and technicians to fix household items, re-envisioning repair as a viable and necessary part of a sustainable circular economy. Fixup uses an innovative business structure to create a practical alternative to use-and-discard culture, by making it easy for people to take care of what they have, reduce waste from new manufacturing, and create local jobs. In theatre, campus sustainability, and repair, Sandra’s multi-disciplinary approach focusses on creating innovative solutions, especially about the things we choose to make, buy, use, and discard (both onstage and off), and the way those choices impact our environment and our daily lives. Sandra has a BA in American History and Literature from Harvard College, and an MFA in Design from Yale School of Drama.

Laura O’Connell, AVP, Capital Projects and Facilities, Barnard College

Laura O’Connell works as a Assistant VP, Capital Projects & Facilities at Barnard College, which is a Colleges & Universities company with an estimated 800 employees; and founded in 1889. They are part of the Facilities Management team within the Operations Department and their management level is VP-Level. Laura graduated from University of La Plata and is currently based in New York City, United States.

Jemima Gedeon, Associate Dean for Student Success , Barnard College

As Associate Dean of Studies for Student Success, Jemima is responsible for providing support, training, and programming to the College’s highly diverse student body. She works closely with students, faculty and other campus offices to create a positive and inclusive experience for underrepresented students. In addition to advising and mentoring the College’s first-generation students, low-income students, and other underrepresented groups, she is working closely with the Dean of Studies office and other campus stakeholders to develop effective programs to support and enhance the student’s academic experience.



March 8, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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