Ball State names first chief sustainability officer
Ball State University has appointed Margaret Lo as the university’s first-ever chief sustainability officer. Lo, who’s appointment becomes effective March 6, most recently served as director of business engagement at the Institute for Market Transformation.
In the newly created position, the university says Lo will be responsible for implementing a centralized sustainability organizational structure, focusing on educating, nurturing, and promoting sustained collaboration.
“We are excited to bring Margaret aboard to provide institutional leadership and support as we expand upon our University’s culture of collaborative sustainability,” said Alan Finn, vice president for business affairs and treasurer. “At Ball State, in line with the imperatives set forth in our strategic plan, we are committed to being good stewards of our resources and the environment. Margaret’s experience will be a great asset to promote the principles of environmental, social, and economic sustainability throughout campus.”
According to BSU, Lo joins the university with more than 15 years of sustainability experience in the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. Her experience includes positions such as sustainability director at George Mason University, as well as sustainability lead at the University of Central Florida.
“It is a great honor to be selected to serve in this inaugural role at Ball State University,” Lo said. “It was exciting to learn about Ball State’s dedication towards sustainability through the interview process. I am grateful for the opportunity to leverage and build upon the University’s efforts to protect and enhance the environment through its learning, scholarship, service to the community, and administrative operations.”
Lo’s background also includes experience in sustainability and conservation, including roles at ICF, where she served as senior manager of commercial energy efficiency and at The Nature Conservancy.