University of Richmond hires its first sustainability director

April 23, 2015

University of Richmond has hired its first Director of Sustainability, Rob Andrejewski.

As director he will support the university’s strategic sustainability goals, including its ambitious climate neutrality objectives as part of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. He also will work with campus partners to develop and implement innovative solutions in the areas of procurement, waste management, energy and water management, building design, construction, dining and transportation. From the outset, Andrejewski will work with stakeholders to integrate sustainability into the core functions of the University.

“It’s an honor to be at the University of Richmond,” said Andrejewski. “I have been so impressed by the faculty, students and staff who are dedicated to sustainability. If we are to meet the challenges posed by sustainability, we truly need everyone.”

Andrejewski previously served in sustainability offices at the University of Virginia and Pennsylvania State University, where he built successful engagement programming, designed strategic planning processes and facilitated stakeholder engagement.

He was hired following an extensive eight-month process to gather community input on the university’s unique assets and needs. Richmond had a sustainability manager in the past, but UR’s growing commitment to the environment created a need for this new position.

“We are pleased to have attracted a leader like Rob who is capable of charting a new course for the integration of sustainability into campus life, academics and operations,” said David Hale, vice president for Business and Finance.

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