Phone: (310) 506-6702
Office: 4th Floor TAC
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
Founding Director - Rhiannon Bailard
Rhiannon conducted the initial audit of the University's sustainability practices, which led to the implementation of the University's sustainability policy and subsequent creation of the Center for Sustainability. She emphasizes the importance of going beyond intiatives to fully integrate sustainability into the University's core functions. Sustainability should not just be what we seek but indeed a part of who we are as a University -- something that is incorporated in every facet of the institution from operations to administration to curriculum to service.
As an associate vice president for Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, Rhiannon is also responsible for land use planning, environmental compliance, and governmental relations. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Graziadio School of Business & Management's Social Ethical & Environmental Responsibility ("SEER") Certificate where she created SEER Metrics: An Organizational Sustainability Framework. This course provided MBA students an opportunity to learn about every major aspect of organizational sustainability including definitions, assessment, value-creation, the 'why' with a specific emphasis on social justice, goal-setting, change management, and messaging.
Rhiannon is truly invested in the University as well as the local community. She serves as the Vice-Chair for business development affairs, including leading the environmental committee, for the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is a mentor to undergraduate students through the Pepperdine Ambassador's Council, an advisor for the Seaver College Green Team, and a member of the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law where she simultaneously acquired a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the renowned Strauss Institute. In order to further counsel the University on best practices, Rhiannon also holds her L.E.E.D. accreditation from the United States Green Building Council.
Coordinator - Emily Mead
Emily has received two Bachelors degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies from Lehigh University. She also holds a Masters degree in Environmental Policy Design, also from Lehigh University. With a multidisciplinary background in environmental science and policy, Emily is very engaged in issues such as global climate change, air quality, sustainable energy development, and social justice. Emily considers her passion to be higher education sustainability and believes colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to alter the way students view the environment and how they choose to live. In order to stay current on the tools and strategies that will help advance sustainability on college campuses, she regularly attends conferences such as AASHE and the Smart and Sustainable Campuses conference.
Emily has served as a Sustainability Coordinator at Weber State University in Utah within the Energy and Sustainability Office. During her position at Weber State she planned the annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit and coordinated a number of energy-saving programs and sustainability awareness campaigns, including a campus Green Department certification program aimed at encouraging sustainable behaviors among faculty and staff at Weber State. She also has experience with sustainability data analysis and reporting including AASHE STARS and Clean Air Cool Planet. Along with her experience at Weber State, Emily has also worked at Lehigh University as Sustainable Projects Coordinator. She was responsible for planning Earth Day, a departmental green certification, and an interactive sustainability map.
Currently, Emily serves as the Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability at Pepperdine University and the Office of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. She works directly with the Pepperdine Green Team and actively manages a number of sustainability projects and programs including the University's Sustainable Commute Program. She helped develop and oversee the sustainable behavioral campaign for Pepperdine's first green residence hall, the Eden Project. Emily is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Avery Davis has been the student intern at the Center for Sustainability since May 2014. He is a senior at Seaver College, currently working towards his Bachelor degree in Biology with a minor in Sustainability. He is also President of the Pepperdine GreenTeam, the only student sustainability organization at Seaver College, and Spiritual Life Advisor of The Eden Project, an innovative environmental living-learning residence hall on Pepperdine's campus.
He cares deeply about many environmental issues, but particularly conservation ecology and sustainable agriculture. He has worked on small-scale organic and biodynamic farms in the past and has a deep passion for changing the unjust and anti-environmental food system in the United States. As part of his role on GreenTeam and Eden Project, he helps maintain two on-campus community gardens.
An avid reader and fan of Wendell Berry, Avery is a deep believer that we should "do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do to you."