Notre Dame appoints first director of sustainability

April 28, 2008

By: Julie Hail Flory
Office of News and Information

James M. Mazurek, most recently a partner in the Chicago office of the international consulting firm Accenture, has been appointed the first director of the University of Notre Dame’s new Office of Sustainability. He will join the University May 1.

A 1991 Notre Dame graduate, Mazurek’s work at Accenture included the development and implementation of sustainability and business strategies for global companies in the utilities, energy and government areas. He has led major efforts where sustainability has been at the forefront—driving stakeholder value through enabling technologies, influencing end-user behaviors and considering renewable energy sources.

“As Notre Dame progresses toward becoming a more environmentally responsible campus, I am certain Jim will provide the necessary leadership and expertise as we strive to reach our goals,”said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “By building on current institutional initiatives, it is my hope is that he can help draw our efforts together into a coherent, synergistic program that reaches across disciplines as we develop and implement a comprehensive course of sustainability.”

Established in January, the Office of Sustainability will build institutional learning capabilities in support of continual improvement in building design and operations, landscaping, procurement, energy and water conservation, waste disposal, recycling and service provision. The University has provided the office with a $2 million green loan fund for environmental improvements in campus buildings and operations, illustrating a long-term commitment to sustainability efforts.

“Jim’s experience, network, enthusiasm and vision for environmental initiatives will be a tremendous asset for the Office of Sustainability as Notre Dame builds its green program and aspires to be recognized as a global leader in this area,” said James J. Lyphout, vice president for business operations.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame, Mazurek also holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and in business administration from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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