The President’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability provides comprehensive guidance and advice to President Hart on high-level issues regarding the University of Arizona’s leadership in environmental sustainability as it pertains to campus design, student engagement, operations, education, research and outreach.

PACES: President's Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability

The Council is also responsible for the following:

  • Identifying university-wide sustainability priorities, and establishing short and long-term goals and working groups to accomplish goals.
  • Gathering information and feedback from the university community.

Council Membership


  • Robert Smith, Senior Associate Vice President, Business Affairs
  • Jan Cervelli, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture

Administration Representatives

  • Barbara Bryson, Vice President, Executive Office of the President, Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • Kendal Washington White, Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students, Student Affairs
  • Tannya Renee Gaxiola, Assistant Vice President, Community Relations
  • Ben Champion, Director, UA Office of Sustainability

Academic Unit Representatives

  • Joaquin Ruiz, Vice President, College of Science, Innovation and Strategy
  • Jonathan Overpeck, Co-Director, Institute of the Environment
  • Jim Buizer, Deputy Director, Institute of the Environment, Climate Adaptation and International Development
  • Jeff Goldberg, Dean, College of Engineering

Student Representatives

  • Emily Besich, Graduate Professional Student Council
  • Michael Finnegan, Associated Students of the University of Arizona
  • Val Rountree, UA Green Fund Committee

Employee Representatives

  • Jackie Moxley, Director, Water Sustainability Program
  • Sabrina Helm, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Bill Davidson, Public Information and Marketing Manager, UA Parking Transportation Services

Community Representatives

  • John Wesley Miller, Owner, John Wesley Miller Companies
  • Gina Murphy-Darling, Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Green's World