Ben McCall, lead architect of a new model for campus sustainability who helped the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign become one of the most sustainable campuses in the nation, will become the first executive director of the University of Dayton’s Hanley Sustainability Institute. McCall is a professor of chemistry, astronomy and physics and a professor in UIUC’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. He served as the institute’s first associate director for campus sustainability and later as the institute’s assistant director for special projects.
“At UD, I intend to build on the strong progress the Hanley Sustainability Institute already has made toward deepening campuswide partnerships and infusing sustainability throughout the curriculum,” said McCall, who also will serve as a professor of physics and chemistry at the University of Dayton. “I’d also like to include more undergraduates in all aspects of sustainability, promote transdisciplinary sustainability scholarship, work with facilities management and other stakeholders to develop an actionable plan to eliminate the University’s carbon footprint, and leverage the strength of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community to engage community partners in developing a comprehensive plan to improve sustainability and resilience in the Dayton community.”