The Institute

"At Florida A&M, sustainability is more than a buzzword. It’s been a part of our history since designation as a Land Grant university in 1890. As we continue to build a 21st century institution, our intellectual pursuits, our operations and our leadership will be marked by a deep integration of sustainability."
Dr. Elmira Mangum, President of Florida A&M University

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE: Sustainability is a strategy for the collective endurance and vitality of people and the planet. It is about how we steward the resources allocated to us in this lifetime in order to simultaneously bring about economic prosperity, environmental health and social equity. The Sustainability Institute was created by President Mangum to advance the research, teaching and application of sustainable solutions at the campus, regional and global level. The Institute provides leadership and coordination for university-wide sustainability initiatives with global impact. We engage the entire campus community, as well as external partners, in three core programmatic areas:


Enhance our academic mission with targeted real-world problem solving research and teaching. Train a generation of global change agents.


Improve efficiencies and environmental stewardship in campus operations including but not limited to energy, waste, food, construction and procurement.


Engage and serve the broader community with activities that promote principles of sustainability beyond our boundaries.

Sustainability Team

FAMU's sustainability success will be driven by champions across all divisions and units. Meet the team helping to grow this partnership.

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Odemari Mbuya, PhD

Faculty Director

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Clayton Clark, PhD., P.E.

Associate Faculty Director

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Abena Ojetayo

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Kathryn Ziewitz

Sustainability Coordinator


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