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Sustainable Leadership Council

Villanova Sustainable Leadership Council

The Sustainable Leadership Council helps coordinate, support, advance, and track sustainable practices and policies on campus. The current mission of this council is to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for Villanova University. In an effort to address all elements of sustainability need across campus, the Sustainable Leadership Council created five committees: Academics and Research, Operations, Social Justice, Health and Wellness, and Student Life, each dedicated to a different university function. Members of the committees are made up of a mixture of faculty, staff and students from the five colleges.

Bill Lorenz, Co-Chair, Director of Sustainable Engineering Program

Father Art Purcaro, Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President for Mission & Ministry

Bob Morro, Operations Committee Chair, Vice President University Facilities Management

Kathryn Getek SoltisSocial Justice Committee Chair, Center for Peace and Justice Education

Alfonso Ortega, Academics and Research Committee Co-Chair, Professor of Energy Technology in Mechanical Engineering

Joseph LennonAcademics and Research Committee Co-Chair, International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Associate Dean

Stacy Andes, Health and Wellness Committee Chair, Director of Health Promotions 

Liesel Schwarz, Student Committee Chair, Sustainability Manager

Samantha Chapman, College of LIberal Arts and Sciences

Frank Galgano, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Paul Rosier, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Bette Mariani, College of Nursing

Jonathan Doh, Villanova School of Business

Todd Aagaard, Villanova School of Law

Andrea Welker, College of Eningeering 

Nat Nataraj, College of Engineering

James Peyton-Jones, College of Engineering

Christine Palus, College of Professional Studies 

Randy Weinstein, Associate Vice Provost 

Kathy Byrnes, Student Life

Neil Horgan, Finance

Brian Anderson, Athletics

Jim Trainer, Office of Planning and Institutional Research  

Ann Diebold, University Communications

Mike O'Neill, University Advancement  

Michael McGuckin, Dining Services 

Dan Griffin, Director of Villanova's Partnership with Catholic Relief Services

Mark Hewlett, General Council

Ray Duffy, Human Resources

Heather Potts, Univesity Development

This diverse group of people is expanding into four committees in order to develop Villanova's future sustainability plan. If you are interested in being a part of this process please email Liesel Schwarz.


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email

Sustainability Plan Outline