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Executive Director Dayton, OH

Dr. Ben McCall will join the University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute as its inaugural Executive Director. His appointment is effective August 16, 2018.

Dr. McCall is a professor of chemistry, astronomy and physics and a professor in UIUC's Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. He served as the institute's first associate director for campus sustainability and later as the institute's assistant director for special projects. He spearheaded the 2015 update of the Illinois Climate Action Plan and developed a new procedure for formulating and evaluating campus sustainability policies and initiatives, which he presented at an annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Also at Illinois, McCall helped develop a project to verify carbon credits from campus emission reductions, raising nearly $1.5 million for campus sustainability efforts; coordinated design of and fundraising for a biomass boiler system; advocated for the first wind power purchase agreement for the campus; and facilitated the initiation of a student-led program to convert used cooking oil from dining halls into biodiesel for the campus transportation fleet and "biosoap" for dining services.

A fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society, Dr. McCall earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology; his master's in chemistry and doctorate in chemistry, astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago; and was a postdoctoral Miller Fellow in chemistry and astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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