Recycle A “Sustainability” Job?

Thomas MacMillan PhotoThree months after the head of the Office of Sustainability left her post, the city is considering whether the office itself should be recycled.

Christine Eppstein-Tang (at right in photo), who was the inaugural director of the city’s Office of Sustainability in 2009, stepped down in August as she was moving out of state.

The Office of Sustainability worked on initiatives to make New Haven greener and more environmentally friendly.

Since Eppstein-Tang’s departure, her post has been vacant.

Rob Smuts, the city’s chief administrative officer, said he’s now pondering “the sustainability of the Office of Sustainability.”

“It’s sort of in limbo right now,” he said.

The office has been funded by a three-year federal grant that paid for two positions: Eppstein-Tang and staffer Giovanni Zinn (at left in photo).

Zinn has been moved to a salaried position in the engineering department.

Smuts said he’s looking into whether the Office of Sustainability should be folded permanently into the engineering department. “I’d work to make it a little more standalone” with a “more clearly defined role,” Smuts said.

Smuts said he needs to consider the options as part of the planning for next year’s budget.

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posted by: robn on December 2, 2012  11:09pm

Two words…
...OK that’s not really two words but you know what I mean.

posted by: davecoon on December 3, 2012  10:35am

CJ May would be great for this job.  He got the recycling ball rolling at Yale years ago.  He been way ahead of the curve on this issue.