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Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

White to co-chair IU Bloomington sustainability board

March 22, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeffrey R. White has been appointed academic co-chair for the Indiana University Bloomington Campus Sustainability Advisory Board, the IU Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Provost announced today.

White joins IU Deputy Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities Paul Sullivan, who serves as the operations co-chair. White is replacing Professor of Geological Sciences Michael Hamburger as co-chair of the advisory board.

White is a professor of environmental science in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, as well as an adjunct professor of geological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"We are indeed fortunate to have Jeff White take on the leadership of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board," Hamburger said. "He brings a wealth of expertise in environmental science research, extensive experience with academic administration on the Bloomington campus, and a long history of engagement with sustainability issues."

Hamburger, the recent recipient of the Office of Sustainability's inaugural Outstanding Service Award, has co-chaired the Advisory Board with Sullivan since its inception in the spring of 2009.

"I look forward to joining the leadership team that has been hard at work for several years," White said. "There is so much momentum already in place -- my task is to help sharpen the focus on attainable goals. I have no illusions of filling Michael Hamburger's shoes."

In his role as a professor in SPEA and the College, White is leading several research projects addressing greenhouse gas cycling and climate feedbacks in terrestrial ecosystems and an Indiana University project establishing a new watershed research area at Bradford Woods.

White has also held IU administrative positions for more than a decade. Most recently, he served as associate vice provost for research. Prior to that position, he served as associate dean of Bloomington programs for SPEA.

In White's new role as co-chair, he will lead a board that has expanded to 38 members, with seven active working groups engaging more than 100 faculty, staff and students in leadership of sustainability initiatives on campus.

The Campus Sustainability Advisory Board provides broad-based academic and operational support for Indiana University's Office of Sustainability. The office seeks to develop a broad, interdisciplinary academic and operational program that represents a systematic institutional effort to address sustainability on local, regional, and global scales, as developed in the January 2008 Campus Sustainability Report, The Campus Master Plan, and the IUOS 2020 Vision.