Announcement by Brian Ballentine, Senior Vice President, University Strategy
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Oberg as Senior Director of Climate Action and Sustainability, overseeing the Office of Climate Action. In this role, Dr. Oberg will serve as the university’s inaugural Chief Climate Officer.
President Holloway formed the Office of Climate Action in September 2021 to steward the university’s comprehensive strategic climate action plan, which calls on Rutgers to achieve carbon neutrality and reduce the university’s vulnerability to climate impact by 2041, Rutgers’ 275th anniversary.
For the last two years, Dr. Oberg has partnered with Professors Bob Kopp and Kevin Lyons to develop and launch the Office of Climate Action. Together, these three individuals—with support from all of you and many more—have helped organize the complex work of achieving our shared goals and establish a structure to ensure that the university remains true to its climate commitments.
On behalf of our community, I thank Professors Kopp and Lyons for their leadership throughout this process, and I express my appreciation for Dr. Oberg for taking on the charge now of leading these efforts into their next phase.
In her expanded role, Angie will be leading critical efforts to continue to foster a culture of sustainability across Rutgers; develop mechanisms for tracking our progress around our climate goals; ensure that our campuses serve as living climate laboratories for our faculty and students; and help our university and its communities develop plans for just and equitable climate adaptation.
She holds a doctoral degree in planning and public policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (GSNB’18), a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Bachelor’s degree from Austin College.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Oberg on her new role. Thanks to all of you for what you do to further this vital work for the future of our university.