As of September 1, Ijeoma Nwagwu will serve as the Interim Director of the Office of Sustainability after the departure of founding Director Shana Weber.
Nwagwu is the current Assistant Director for Academic Engagement and Campus as Lab initiatives and will serve as Interim Director while a national search is conducted for Weber’s successor. She will lead an Office of Sustainability that is fully staffed, passionate about sustainability and operating at a high level. The team will continue to build partnerships across the University to achieve the goals laid out in Princeton’s Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), assuring the SAP evolves with emerging priorities.
As Princeton evolves its campus to hit its net-zero emission targets by 2046, Nwagwu says she and the Sustainability team will continue the mission of cultivating an ethos of sustainability at Princeton that inspires action at all scales in service to humanity and the world: “It is an incredible opportunity to inform and inspire the campus and broader community about what it takes – from a technological, scientific, governance, and behavioral perspective – to become a net zero campus.”
Weber was the inaugural Director of the Office of Sustainability in 2006. During her 17-years of service, Weber was instrumental in pioneering transformative sustainability initiatives that have seamlessly integrated into Princeton’s operational and academic systems. Her visionary leadership and strategic actions have shaped Princeton's ethos of sustainability, with ripple effects at local and global levels.
Weber will be embarking on a new chapter in her career at the University of Michigan, where she will serve as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Campus Sustainability.