College’s sustainability director brings experience and passion to new role as she leads efforts to reduce—and eventually eliminate—College’s contribution to climate change
The College’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence and environmental responsibility appealed to Delicia Nahman, who joined Lafayette as director of sustainability in September. Nahman is working to bring the College’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP) to life. Nahman led sustainability efforts for Los Angeles Community College District before taking the inaugural sustainability officer role at Lehigh, a position she held for nine years. Here’s a chance to get to know Nahman.
Nahman reflects on her influences, guilty pleasures, and personal goals.
“My maternal grandmother. She composted, was a stickler for water conservation, loved cooking with fresh food. We always took the bus or walked, and we went to museums and parks, where I gained a sense of community.”
“As an undergrad at UC Berkeley I was involved in an UC-wide effort that created a course in which campuses could serve as a living laboratory to test sustainability-oriented solutions. It made me recognize that piloting and scaling sustainability solutions could happen inside and outside the classroom. It was a transformative experience for me.”
“Recently I’ve read A Finer Future and Doughnut Economics. They give unique perspectives on how to think about sustainability and how non-economists can build an economy that supports a sustainable world.”
“I have not figured out how to stay connected to my family who lives internationally without taking long flights. It’s an internal conflict for me.”
“I’d like to pick up composting again in our household. I’d also like to add chickens to the farm where I live. They take time to maintain, but my son loves eggs, and I’d love for him to learn about where eggs come from.”
Since approving the CAP in 2019, the College has implemented several energy-conservation projects
Nahman and her team have big plans for 2020