Florida A&M University, the historically Black educational institution in Tallahassee, has announced its intention to establish the FAMU Sustainability Institute.
The university has announced three core goals for the new institute; enhancing the university’s academic and research mission; improving the efficiencies and environmental stewardship of campus operations; and performing outreach and engagement initiatives among the university community and broader communities.
Abena Sackey Ojetayo has been appointed chief sustainability officer and executive director of the institute. She has been involved in the alternative energy and green building design for the new Tech Campus of Cornell University in New York City. Ojetayo holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from Cornell University.
Elmira Mangum, president of Florida A&M University, said that the university “has received national recognition for its strong commitment to sustainability. As such, the goal of this institute is to enhance our efforts, as well as expose the extensive knowledge and expertise that our faculty and staff possess in this area. Our goal is to provide real solutions to some of the world’s greatest and immediate environmental sustainability needs.”