A New Direction for Sustainability

A message from Susan Ledlow, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Planning, and Loren Bender, Vice President, Business Operations and Finance

Education for sustainability has been growing organically at Valencia through the good work of our faculty, deans and staff. The volume of effort and commitment at the grass-roots level calls for a new direction and renewed commitment to Valencia’s sustainability efforts. To this end, a new position of Director of Education for Sustainability has been created, and we are pleased to announce that Resham Shirsat, formerly the Director of Sustainability, has accepted the position.

In this new role, Resham will transition from the Division of Business Operations and Finance to the Office of Curriculum and Assessment within the Division of Academic Affairs and Planning. She will work with faculty, staff and students on the integration of sustainability concepts into curricular and co-curricular efforts.

Our sustainability operations team, currently staffed with sustainability and energy experts, will continue to drive strong results in areas such as energy use, facility maximization, transportation ease and waste reduction. In the near future, a position in the facilities area that will help us maximize our resources and make wise investments in our facilities projects will be posted.

Valencia’s commitment to creating a better community through sustainable practices is strong. We are gratified by the extent of the efforts in the classroom, student development workshops, summer camps, grants, service learning and more that help to educate our students for careers in the 21st century.

If you have any questions or comments about the new direction of sustainability, please don’t hesitate to reach out to either of us directly via email or phone. Join us in welcoming Resham in her new role.


  • Wendy Jo Moyer said:

    Congratulations Resham!

    AMTue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:51 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:51 +0000am17,9:00 am

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Wendy!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:21:49 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:21:49 +0000am17,8:21 am

  • Laura Skelton said:

    Congratulations Resham! I'm excited to see all the great things that you will bring to Valencia and Valencia's students as you embark on your new position here at the college! 🙂

    PMTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:02:07 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:02:07 +0000pm17,3:02 pm

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Laura!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:09 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:09 +0000am17,8:22 am

  • profaray said:

    Resham is a strong advocate in the truest sense for the sustainable use of resources at a local and global scale. She is a terrific asset to students, faculty and staff here at Valencia College, and I'm very pleased at the decision to better facilitate her curricular work. Congrats Rae!

    PMTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:59:36 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:59:36 +0000pm17,3:59 pm

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Andy!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:22 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:22 +0000am17,8:22 am

  • Aaron said:

    Congratulations, Rae! I've never been prouder to be a part of the Valencia community. You all rock!!!

    PMTue, 13 Jun 2017 16:40:13 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:40:13 +0000pm17,4:40 pm

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Aaron!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:35 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:35 +0000am17,8:22 am

  • GMaritza said:

    Congratulations Resham! I am so happy for you and for our Valencia community! 🙂

    PMTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:26:16 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:26:16 +0000pm17,5:26 pm

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thank you!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:51 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:22:51 +0000am17,8:22 am

  • Neisa Farley said:

    I’m so happy for you, Rae! Your incredibly strong ties to the sustainability community coupled with your passion for the field will continue to be a huge benefit for Valencia students, faculty and staff. Great job!

    PMTue, 13 Jun 2017 20:43:56 +0000Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:43:56 +0000pm17,8:43 pm

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Neisa!

      AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 08:23:12 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:23:12 +0000am17,8:23 am

  • Noelia said:

    Congratulations Resham, and welcome to our team!

    AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 10:39:38 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:39:38 +0000am17,10:39 am

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Noelia!

      PMWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:44:30 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:44:30 +0000pm17,12:44 pm

  • Karen Cowden said:

    Congratulations – all of those involved in this decision.

    I am very happy the shared governance process worked in this situation and Rae is leading the work. We have made wonderful strides forward and we need to continue the progress.

    AMWed, 14 Jun 2017 11:28:03 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:28:03 +0000am17,11:28 am

    • Resham Shirsat said:

      Thanks Karen!

      PMWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:44:40 +0000Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:44:40 +0000pm17,12:44 pm

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