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Academics and Research Committee

The objective of this committee is to brainstorm, evaluate, and implement sustainability projects related to academics and research across all five colleges at Villanova University. Projects will include developing new courses regarding sustainability, updating and revamping current courses to incorporate more topics concerning sustainability, and performing more sustainability-based research. Specific projects will be included in the sustainability plan.

Committee Members

Joseph Lennon, Co-Chair, Associate Dean, International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives

Alfonso Ortega, Co-Chair, James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Robert Traver,  Edward A. Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering

Jean Lutes, Associate Professor, Department of English

Seth Fishman, Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, CLAS 

Paul Rosier, Mary M. Birle Chair in American History

Francis Galgano, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment

Steven Goldsmith, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment

C. Nataraj, Moritz Endowed Professor of Engineered Systems, and Director, VCADS Research Center  

James Peyton-Jones, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering  

Pritpal Singh, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering  

Virginia Smith, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering  

Bridget Wadzuk, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Aaron Wemhoff,  Director, Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems  

Calvin Li, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Justinus Satrio, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Ruth McDermott Levy,  Director, Center for Global and Public Health  

Jonathan Doh, Associate Dean of Research, School of Business, and Herbert G. Rammrath Endowed Chair in International Business  

Todd Aagaard, Faculty, Villanova Law School  

Nathaniel Weston, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment

Sustainability Plan Outline

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.

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