Renew, Restore, Regenerate: Sustainability Directors' Panel


Monday, March 27, 2017 - 9:00am


Chesapeake Ballroom

About 10 years ago, colleges and universities began their journeys to a lower carbon future by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now known as the Climate Leadership Commitments. Over the course of a decade, many things change including campus leadership, goals and priorities. Learning from the past and thinking of the future, how do we renew our charge and our place in campus life? Three female directors of sustainability will share their many years of experience and how they imbue a philosophy of “renew, restore and regenerate” into their work.


Meghan Chapple

Director, Office of Sustainability, George Washington University

Meghan Chapple serves as director of George Washington University's Office of Sustainability, is a Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives, and is the co-chair of the university’s Innovation Task Force. She has led GW through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and has established the university’s reputation as a hot bed for sustainability innovation, experimentation, and demonstration in and out of the classroom. She has nearly 20 years of experience working as a change agent for sustainability in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Aurora Winslade

Director, Office of Sustainability, Swarthmore College

Aurora is currently collaborating with The Stone House Group on a comprehensive campus energy strategy. She previously worked as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the state's energy efficiency program, where she supported the University of Hawaii in designing integrative approaches to energy management. For this work, she was recognized as a "Rising Star of Energy Efficiency" by the Alliance to Save Energy in 2015. Previously, she founded new sustainability programs at the University of Hawaii and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). She has served for several years on the AASHE Advisory Council and the Smart and Sustainable Campus Program Committee.

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Washington

As director, Claudia oversees an office responsible for university-wide sustainability communications, reporting, and engagement programs, including climate action planning and policy development. Claudia started her career in the financial services industry prior to working in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she launched community involvement plans for multinational companies and advised corporations with corporate social responsibility program implementation.