Seminar Speaker Series

Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI) Seminar Speaker Series

NESI is kicking off their Fall 2017 Seminar Speaker Series at Rutgers-Newark that highlights broad-based, multi-disciplinary research and programming in sustainability issues.

On Monday, October 2,  NESI and the Political Science Department, Rutgers-Newark will co-sponsor a seminar by Nathaly Agosto Filión, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Newark Office of Sustainability.

Scheduled presentation: City of Newark Sustainability Action Plan Revisted 2017

The City of Newark Sustainability Action Plan was published in 2013, and lays out strategies for making Newark’s environment a positive force in the life of the City. In it, the City of Newark commits to pursuing the vision of a healthy, green, vibrant city by promoting environmental, social, and economic well-being over the long-term.

Today, nearly five years later, the City of Newark is facing a new set of challenges—and has the chance to take advantage of new opportunities. The City has leveraged state and federal resources and organizational partnerships to promote energy efficiency, boost recycling, plant trees, increase urban farming, reduce air pollution, clean up brownfields, and more. The Sustainability Action Plan update process will build on all the work that has been done to date, laying out a work plan for how City departments, partner agencies, local organizations and committed residents can work together to move Newark’s sustainability agenda forward over the coming years. 

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

Location: Smith Hall Seminar Room 125, Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept.,  Rutgers-Newark, 101 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07102

     Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm



Nathaly Agosto Filión is deeply honored to serve under the leadership of Mayor Ras J. Baraka as Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Newark. In this role, Agosto Filión is the city’s leading sustainability strategist, convening interdepartmental teams to make Newark a healthier and greener city. She also serves as a bridge connecting a diverse network of community, nonprofit, academic, institutional, philanthropic and governmental partners advancing a variety of sustainability, greening, environmental health, and quality of life initiatives across Newark.

Prior to staffing Newark’s Office of Sustainability, Agosto Filión worked as a Resiliency Manager with Sustainable Jersey, connecting post-Sandy communities with recovery and resiliency resources. Before relocating to New Jersey, she worked as a Program Officer with the Institute for Sustainable Communities helping to develop, design and deliver national and regional capacity-building programs for local government climate and sustainability practitioners.