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Camden Climate Action Group

Mission

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

Participants

  • Richard Michelfelder, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Finance, School of Business, Rutgers-Camden

     

    Rich Michelfelder is sitting and wearing a gray suit jacket and a blue shirt

    Professor Richard A. Michelfelder, Ph.D. is currently associate professor of professional practice, finance at the School of Business – Camden. His research and advisement to energy and water / wastewater utilities globally focuses on sustainability in energy and water. At Rutgers, he has been awarded many research grants and teaching awards, including the President’s Excellence Award. Previously, Dr. Michelfelder was CEO and Board Chairperson of Quantum Consulting, Inc., a national public utility consulting firm, and Quantum Energy Services and Technologies, LLC., an energy and water efficiency services company based in Berkeley, California. He has testified many times before state regulatory agencies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions on issues related to the cost of capital, energy efficiency, water load research, cost of service and incentive rate mechanisms for energy efficiency. He has published numerous articles specifically addressing public utilities and climate change. He holds the Ph.D. in economics from Fordham University.   

     

     

    Sean O'Malley, Lead Cluster Champion in Sustainability; Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Rutgers-Camden

    Sean O'Malley is wearing a blue suit and glasses in front of a green leafy background

    Sean O'Malley is an experimental physicist with a focus on understanding the interactions between light and materials. His research activities include the development of green processes for the synthesis of nanomaterials with the potential to photodegrade pollutants. He also serves as the Lead Cluster Champion in Sustainability at Rutgers-Camden.

  • Angélica Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, RU-C

    Tamara Nelson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, RU-C

    Elizabeth Demaray, Associate Professor of Art, Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts, RU-C

    Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri, Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, RU-C

    Joseph Tariman, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation and EBP, School of Nursing, RU-C

    Mike Fitzgerald, Camden Associate Director, IP&O 

    Brian Everett, Assistant Dean, Camden Honors College, RU-C

Scope

  • Build a culture of sustainability at Rutgers Camden 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 Camden students, faculty, and staff  

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

Manush Kathrotia (RCBS '20), Alexis Kapij (RCAS '20) and Abhishek Ajit (RCAS '17) talk outside the law school on the Camden Campus

Goals

  1. Recommend to the provost a series of teaching modules related to climate change and other environmental concerns that could be considered for incorporation into existing and potential courses.
  2. Suggest opportunities for engaging faculty (including those who are part of a sustainability hiring cluster) and students in civic engagement initiatives that address such matters as climate change, environmental justice, and other related topics – broadly and, more specifically, in our host city of Camden.
  3. Identify and propose strategies for reducing climate impacts resulting from the operations of the campus.
  4. Develop opportunities for Rutgers University–Camden to work toward the remediation of matters related to environmental justice and health equity in Camden and southern New Jersey, with an emphasis on matters related to the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.