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Webinar: Integrating Sustainability Plans and Capital Campaigns

February 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Taking sustainability to the next level, for many higher education institutions, requires a strategic, long-range, and comprehensive sustainability plan. The process by which you develop content, engage the campus community and create buy-in with key decision-makers around a sustainability plan determines a plan’s future implementation success. Yet, in many cases, these plans are not aligned with funding strategies to achieve high-impact goals. Representatives from a cross-collaborative team at Georgia Tech recently completed a multi-pronged sustainability planning process to develop an institutional sustainability plan that defines a sustainability leadership vision across the research, education, operations and economic development missions. This session will describe the process, deliverables, partnerships, and outcomes of the Institute Sustainability Plan including the components of a Climate and Sustainability Strategy that informs and aligns to the 10-year capital campaign for the institute to ensure effective resourcing of the Institute Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan objectives. The learning outcomes for this interactive session include: how to convene an engaged planning team and assess programmatic strengths pre-planning; how to identify and best engage key decision-makers; and how to make a plan live and achieve implementation success by connecting it to development campaign strategy.

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Anne Rogers, Associate Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, Georgia Institute of Technology

Anne Rogers has worked in the field of sustainability systems and solutions for over 15 years. Anne joined Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013 and is the Associate Director within the Office of Campus Sustainability, an Institute-wide change initiative to advance a robust sustainability culture and ethos. Anne’s previous experience includes sustainability integration, consulting, program management, training, and grant delivery for major corporations and governmental organizations. Anne graduated from Denison University with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies.

Maria Cimilluca, VP of Infrastructure & Sustainability, Georgia Institute of Technology

Maria Cimilluca is the inaugural vice president for Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S) at Georgia Tech. This role is responsible for leading the Institute’s campus sustainability plans as well as the design, planning, and operations of the campus infrastructure. Prior to Georgia Tech, Maria served as the vice president for Facilities Management at Northeastern University. She brings nearly 27 years of experience managing large scale campus operations, navigating complex capital projects, and leading strategic and master planning efforts for research institutes in higher education. In particular, she is a strong environmental advocate with an abundance of experience and passion for energy management, carbon reduction, resiliency, and sustainability.

Kim Cobb, Director, Global Change Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kim Cobb studies paleoclimate and climate change. Her lab‘s mission is to uncover the mechanisms of global climate change, both natural and anthropogenic, in order to inform projections of future climate change. Her research group focuses primarily on the generation of new high-resolution records of past tropical Pacific climate variability from corals and cave stalagmites, with an emphasis on the last decades to centuries. Through the thoughtful combination of climate models and data, Cobb seeks to characterize natural climate variability in this region and identify climate trends that are associated with anthropogenic climate change.

Beril Toktay, Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

Beril Toktay is Professor of Operations Management, Brady Family Chairholder. Her primary research areas are sustainable operations and supply chain management. Professor Toktay’s research has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants and has received distinctions such as the 2010 Brady Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence and the MSOM Society’s 2015 Management Science Best Paper in Operations Management Award. Her research articles have appeared in Management Science, M&SOM, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management and Industrial Ecology. She became a Distinguished Fellow of the MSOM Society in 2017.

Professor Toktay has taught Supply Chain Management courses at the PhD, MBA, and Executive Education levels as well as Operations Management and Operations Research courses at the PhD level. She has developed cases and pedagogical material for MBA and Executive Education audiences and co-curricular educational initiatives at the undergraduate level. She currently teaches Business Strategies for Sustainability in MBA and Executive Education programs. She’s a recipient of the 2016 Ernest Scheller Jr. Award for Service Excellence and the Georgia Tech 2015 Women of Distinction Award. Professor Toktay served as Associate Editor for M&SOM (2007-2018), P.



February 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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