Emily Carter

Engineering Dean Leaves Princeton

Emily A. Carter, dean of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (U.S. 1, January 28, 2015), is leaving Princeton to become the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, Los Angeles, starting in September. Engineering professor H. Vincent Poor, who served as dean from 2006 to 2016, will become interim dean until the university appoints a replacement.

A prepared statement by the university credits Carter, who was the founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment for six years before becoming dean of engineering in 2016, with launching a plan for a new “campus neighborhood for engineering” and creating a new first-year curriculum.

“Emily Carter has made extraordinary contributions to Princeton as a scientist, mentor, center director, and dean,” said Christopher L. Eisgruber, president of the university. “She is a distinguished leader and brilliant scholar with heartfelt commitments to academic excellence, diversity, and the environment. Though we will miss having Emily as our colleague at Princeton, we look forward to applauding her accomplishments as she returns to UCLA.”

Carter was a professor at UCLA for 16 years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2004.

Princeton University Plans to Eliminate Greenhouse Emissions by 2046

By the time Princeton University celebrates its 300th birthday in 2046, its leaders hope it will celebrate another milestone: the achievement of “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions.

A university press release said this will be achieved with new on-site energy infrastructure, the potential purchase of green electricity generated off-site, and changes in everyday behaviors across campus.

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission have already begun. Over the last 10 years the university has designed more efficient buildings, taken steps to discourage cars, and made other changes to its operations.

“Our global environment faces challenges of unprecedented scope and complexity. Princeton can play a leadership role not only by developing innovative solutions through teaching and research, but also by establishing best practices in our campus operations and community behaviors that serve as models for the world,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “This plan sets out ambitious but attainable goals that will guide us toward a more sustainable future.”

In 2008 the university set the goal of reducing its carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2018. The campus is currently on course to meet those goals by 2020.

The new plan aims to expand solar power generation on campus, convert from a natural gas-fueled campus steam system to a heating hot water system, make energy-efficiency improvements in existing buildings, and investigate long-term alternatives to using fuels. Princeton also seeks to reduce its water usage by 26 percent from 2008 levels, improve stormwater management, and double the percentage of commuters who use transportation other than single-occupancy cars. It also plans to reduce waste and increase recycling, which has declined over recent years. Lastly, new landscape design will seek to integrate the campus with nearby natural habitats.

Director of Sustainability Shana Weber said the plan’s release is the start of a long-term effort to cultivate an ethos of sustainability on campus and beyond. “Princeton is not just a place, it’s an experience. One that has ripple effects throughout each campus community member’s life and work, and across all our partnerships and collaborations around the world,” Weber said. “We hope the campus community will use the plan as a framework to guide individual and departmental priorities to help achieve the University’s sustainability objectives.”

Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu.

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