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Newark Climate Action Group


The Newark Climate Action Group will build and promote a culture of sustainability at Rutgers Newark.


  • Amber Randolph, Senior Vice Chancellor, Newark Chancellor's Office

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    As Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Economic Development and Chief Financial Officer, Amber Randolph serves as a leader and change agent for financial management and planning for Rutgers University-Newark, working collaboratively to develop and implement best practices and cultivating strong professionals throughout the organization, the City of Newark, and the surrounding community. She partners with the Chancellor on administrative leadership matters in addition to coordinating the activities of campus planning and facilities, real estate, information technology, EMS, university parking services, and business and budgetary matters. She also aligns these activities with University goals and objectives as defined by Rutgers’ Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration (EVPFA).  



    Alexander Gates, Distinguished Service Professor, SAS-N

    Image of Alec Gates wearing glasses

    Alexander Gates is a Distinguished Service Professor and former Vice Chancellor at Rutgers University, Newark. He has been at Rutgers University for 35 years and served as Chair of Earth & Environmental Sciences for 21 years. Dr. Gates earned his PhD from Virginia Tech in Structural Geology with specialization in faulting. He has extensive experience in Geoscience and STEM education especially for students from minority groups underrepresented in STEM. He is the originator, Director, and PI of the statewide Garden State LSAMP program. Gates has served as PI on more than $22 million in external grants and was on $28 million in grants in total. He has run numerous major programs including NSF GK-12, S-STEM, REU and OEDG. He is the author of 9 books and 79 professional papers and has edited 11 professional volumes. Gates has received 25 professional awards.






  • Francisco Artigas, Director, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute  

    Popy Begum, Graduate Student, School of Criminal Justice, RU-N 

    Angelita Bonilla, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Newark Chancellor's Office, RU-N 

    Jimmy Camacho, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Graduate Enrollment Services, School of Criminal Justice, RU-N 

    Phedra Deonarine, Administrative Assistant, College of Nursing

    Kevin Dowlin, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Teaching and Learning Spaces, RU-N 

    Candace Dundas, Director of Human Resources, RU-N

    Natasha Dyer, Executive Director, Greater Newark Conservancy

    Hend El Buri, Director, PantryRUN, RU-N

    Daniel La Fuente, Director, ResLife, RU-N 

    Kevin Lyons, Associate Professor of Practice, Rutgers Business School, RU-N 

    George Matteo, Director of Facilities & Operations for Campus Housing and Dining Services 

    Bill McCarthy, Dean and Undergraduate Program Chair, School of Criminal Justice, RU-N 

    Gregory Porumbescu, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Transparency and Governance Center, School of Public Affairs and Administration, RU-N 

    Melissa Rivera, Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Rutgers Business School, RU-N 

    Ashaki Rouff, Associate Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, School of Arts and Sciences, RU-N 

    Alejandro Ruiz, Executive Director, Rutgers Environmental Health and Safety 

    Elisabeth Ševčenko, Director, Humanities Action Lab, School of Arts and Sciences, RU-N  

    Tony Sharo, Newark Associate Director, IP&O 

    Jack Tchen, Director, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, RU-N 

    Clayton Walton, Director, Office of Global Initiatives and Experiential Learning, RU-N 

    Kimberlee Williams, Director of Communications and Marketing, RU-N

    Suah Yekeh, Graduate Student, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, RU-N; Member, Office of Climate Action Student Advisory Board 


  • Build a culture of sustainability at Rutgers Newark that: 

    • Integrates climate action into academics, life, and policy across campus  

    • Embodies the core values expressed in the climate action plan  

    • Is inclusive of all RBHS students, faculty, and staff  

  • Measure and communicate progress toward building a culture of sustainability at Rutgers Newark 

Students walk to class under a bright blue fall sky on the Newark campus