March 29, 2010

Sadie Puglisi Named to New Position of Director of Environmental Sustainability

Sadie Puglisi

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – March 24, 2010) Sadie Puglisi, of North Bennington, Vt., has been appointed to the newly created position of director of environmental sustainability for Empire State College, State University of New York. Reporting to the president and guided by the Environmental Sustainability Committee, Puglisi will coordinate all of the college’s activities related to responsible environmental programs, including recycling, education, communication, programming, procurement and policies. In addition, she will work closely with all college divisions, but especially with the vice president for administration, facilities staff and regional deans to coordinate sustainability efforts; interact with local, regional, state and federal entities to determine best practices and compliance; seek external funding for college projects; and manage the sustainability Web site.

“Sadie’s appointment is the latest step in a faculty and staff-led movement to make this a truly ‘green’ college," President Alan Davis said. "She will play a key role in helping us achieve our 2015 vision for environmental sustainability.”

Puglisi has a broad background collaborating on, and directing projects that address the environmental issues and concerns of municipalities, government and nonprofit agencies, schools, grocery stores, farmers and residential neighborhoods. She has developed innovative projects to reduce pesticides, to help grocery stores procure local produce and to generate income for farms within their local community with an eye toward sustainability and safety. She also has worked with residential neighborhoods to address concerns about water quality.

Puglisi comes to the position from the New England Tropical Conservatory in Bennington, where she was director of programs, charged with developing an education center that provides sustainable living, conservation and stewardship programs to the community. She also has worked for the Cooperative Extensions of the Universities of New Hampshire and Cornell.

Puglisi earned her M.S. in horticulture from Virginia Tech, and her B.S. in the same field from Cornell University.

SUNY Empire State College offers adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, seminars, residencies and online courses. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves nearly 20,000 students worldwide with multiple locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu .