Mary Ellen Mallia
Mary Ellen Mallia is the Director of Sustainability at the University at Albany. Her office is in charge of coordinating sustainability activities related to curriculum, operations, research and engagement. Mary Ellen received her B.S. in Economics from Siena College, her M.A. in Education from the University at Albany, and her Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). After starting her career in financial management, Mary Ellen went on to teach economics at the high school and college level for over 15 years. Since becoming director in January of 2008, Mary Ellen has helped develop robust educational and engagement activities to complement the campus’ sustainable operation initiatives. Currently she serves on the steering committees of the New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) and the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) group. Mary Ellen lives on a farm in Princetown, NY with her husband and daughter where they raise chickens and llamas.