Jennifer deHart is Chief Sustainability Officer at Unity College.
DeHart provides leadership in advancing the college’s nationally recognized commitment to sustainability, working collaboratively with college staff, administration, faculty, and students to plan, develop and facilitate coordinated, best-practice sustainability efforts.
DeHart has led sustainability efforts on college campuses throughout the country, including Harvard University and her most recent post as sustainability coordinator for Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where she engaged diverse audiences in sustainability initiatives and collaborative projects.
At VMI, deHart selected, trained, and supervised summer sustainability inters; created and led a community advisory committee overseeing VMI’s public rail trail; reviewed capital construction documents and specifications for energy and resource efficiency projects; executed more than $300,000 in non-capital projects relating to energy or resource conservation; developed and managed a campus recycling program, including supervision of student employees; contracted managers for selected waste disposal, storm water, and hazardous waste services; and more.
As program manager in the Harvard University Office for Sustainability’s Real Estate Services Division from 2007 to 2011, deHart managed drafts, revisions, and progress reports for greenhouse gas plan and supporting documents; described energy conservation projects to multiple audiences through live presentations and written articles; trained building managers to use utility data in operational and financial decision-making; consulted on portfolio-wide sustainability initiatives including occupant education, building standards, and service level agreements; participated in award-winning office green team; and managed energy and waste reduction campaign among nine dining halls.
DeHart also has served as an industrial program associate for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency in Boston, as a teacher in the Baltimore (Md.) city and county public school systems; and is certified in the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program; accredited by the Green Building Council; an energy manager in the association of Energy Engineers; and a member of other recognized environmental and sustainability organizations.
She holds a Master of Science in Facilities Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College.