As Chief Sustainability Officer, Cecil leads New York University’s efforts to fight global climate change, engage our community, and partner with faculty across NYU’s 14 global locations. Cecil led NYU’s successful effort to reduce carbon emissions 30% over five years, and now works to guide NYU towards 50% reductions by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040. Cecil formerly served as Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council and was the Managing Director of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, determining how to best rebuild after Hurricane Sandy to prepare New York City for future extreme weather events. Previously, he founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where residents live comfortably on just 10% of the resources used by the average American. He serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Council. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Engineer’s license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional.