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Weber selected as sustainability manager
Posted September 21, 2006; 05:46 p.m.
Shana Weber has been named to the newly created position of sustainability manager in the University's facilities department.
Weber served as a faculty member and as director for campus and community programs at Santa Clara University's Environmental Studies Institute from 2002 to 2005. She has been co-producer and contributing science editor since 2005 for "EcoTalk," a nationally syndicated interview format radio program dedicated to environmental sustainability.
At Princeton, she will be responsible for helping the University as a whole to improve its environmental performance and to facilitate its emergence as a leading example of sustainability among institutions of higher education. She will work with students, faculty and staff to diminish the University's ecological footprint by coordinating improvements in energy efficiency, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and waste, supporting local businesses, improving public awareness of University sustainability efforts, encouraging creative collaboration and dialogue, developing University-wide policies and engaging the University community in the national sustainability discussion.
Among her duties will be serving as liaison to the Princeton Sustainability Committee (formerly the Princeton Environmental Oversight Committee), a group of students, faculty and staff charged since 2002 with monitoring the University's relationship with the environment.
"The University has many different environmental issues that need a champion and coordinator to implement solutions," said Tom Nyquist, director of engineering in the facilities department, to whom Weber reports. "Shana is the right person at the right time for this work."
Weber earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Ohio State University, a master's degree in cultural studies from Holy Names College and a Ph.D. in environmental science from Indiana University. She has taught environmental science courses at both Indiana University and Santa Clara University.
An ecologist and avid photographer, Weber has participated in educational and scientific expeditions to Brazil, Ecuador and the Galápagos, Costa Rica, Baja Mexico, Alaska and the American West. She recently began studying the American pika in the mountains of Nevada and Montana. This smallest member of the rabbit family, which lives above the tree line on rocky slopes, appears to be suffering population decline in certain areas due to global warming.
Weber's new position was made possible with support from Bert Kerstetter, a 1966 Princeton alumnus.