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Sustainability

Our Team

Amanda King
Amanda King
Associate Vice President of Sustainability and Chief of Staff

Amanda King serves as Associate Vice President of Sustainability and Chief of Staff to Bentley's President. Amanda oversees operations in the Office of the President including providing management and oversight for the university's 2030 strategic positioning process. Specializing in change management, Amanda is also responsible for the coordination and implementation of key strategic priorities and special projects across the university -- prioritizing collaborative participatory processes to ensure community engagement in Bentley's efforts to achieve its ambitious goals. Ms. King also leads the university's Office of Sustainability where she guides initiatives aimed at engaging the campus community in achieving Bentley's greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability targets under the university's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. Under Ms. King's leadership the university has committed to carbon neutrality by 2030 and has been named one of the most "environmentally responsible" colleges in the country by the Princeton Review. The university has achieved a Silver rating for campus-wide sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and constructed the nation's first LEED Platinum certified standalone ice arena. Amanda serves on the board of directors for the Waltham Chamber of Commerce.

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Natalie Hayes
Associate Director of Sustainability

Natalie joined Bentley University in 2012 and works to achieve the Office of Sustainability's mission to mobilize sustainable leadership in business by educating students on the business imperative of "triple-bottom line" thinking: considering social and environmental measures along with economic results. Natalie oversees two of the focus areas of our Sustainability and Climate Action Plan: Transportation and Mobility and Materials Management. These focus areas capitalize on her experience and interest in sustainable commuting, infrastructure, travel, material disposal and purchasing.

Natalie is also the architect of our Student Sustainability Leadership (SSL) Program. Our SSL program relies on students to help execute and oversee campus-wide initiatives, cultivates professional skill sets and provides hands on learning opportunities. Natalie also manages the move out donation program, known as Give 'N Go. This wildly successful program keeps tons of material out of the landfills each year by allowing students to donate unwanted items to local charities or swap them to others for reuse.

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Sophie Rodgers
Senior Manager of Sustainability

Sophie joined the Office of Sustainability as an employee in the summer of 2020 upon graduation from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Liberal Studies in Earth, Environment and Global Sustainability. Prior to becoming an employee, she served as a student sustainability leader (SSL) in the Office of Sustainability, a program she now manages. Sophie assembled and now manages the first committee to oversee the university's Green Revolving Fund. Established with a gift from trustee Nickolas Stavropoulos '79, the fund finances energy efficiency projects and supports student education. Sophie is also a major contributor to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. She co-chaired the Energy and Building Systems and the Lifelong Learning and Engagement committees that helped shape, and will continue to influence, the universities goals and strategies for the next 10 years.

Student Sustainability Leaders

The Office of Sustainability relies on a team of 6 paid student leaders during the academic year who help execute and oversee the campus-wide initiatives that help us get closer to our community goals. The Student Sustainability Leadership program cultivates professional skills and provides students with hands on learning opportunities, which are integral considering the increasing emphasis on sustainability in the business world. Students can apply each spring for the positions the following fall.

The Office of Sustainability also employs one full time student during the summer from June -- August who helps to run the office and help prepare for the next academic year. This student is hired in early spring for the upcoming summer session.

Interested in applying to be an intern?

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Jordyn Garrett

Assistant Project Manager

Class of 2024

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Kiona Johnson

Social Justice Coordinator

Class of 2025

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Kaia Szulewski

Campus Engagement Coordinator

Class of 2023

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Emma Longenderfer

Campus Engagement Coordinator

Class of 2025

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Kyle Delaney

PR and Outreach Specialist

Class of 2024

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Sophie Sikora

Content Creator

Class of 2024