The University of New Mexico’s Institutional Support Services (ISS) announces the appointment of Anne Jakle as the director of Sustainability, a newly established role at UNM. Jakle will officially assume her duties on March 1, 2024.

Reporting directly to the Vice President for Institutional Support Services, Shawna Wolfe, Jakle will bring her expertise, vision, and strategic leadership to the campus sustainability program and its initiatives.

The creation of the director of Sustainability position emerged from discussions with UNM Leaders and UNM Leaders for Environmental Action and Foresight (LEAF), a coalition comprising students, faculty, staff, and alums with the shared goal of fostering a sustainable and regenerative campus.

"I am excited to join The University of New Mexico in the new role of director of Sustainability and further advance the UNM 2040 goal to reduce The University's environmental impact,” said Jakle. “By leveraging its unique intellectual, human capital, and physical resources, UNM has a huge opportunity to become an exemplar of sustainability."

In her role, Jakle will be responsible for aligning UNM's goals and action plans with sustainability objectives. She will support campus initiatives to enhance renewable efforts, engaging with internal and external committees and working groups to execute strategies in line with UNM's 2040 Strategic Framework, specifically Goal 4, Sustainability. This aligns with the university's commitment to making continued progress towards long-term environmentally focused targets. For more information about sustainability initiatives, visit sustainability.unm.edu.

The ISS team welcomes Jakle in her position, expressing excitement about the meaningful impact she will bring towards a more sustainable future for The University. Together, they aim to innovate, collaborate, and drive positive change.

"As we welcome Anne Jakle to UNM, we are confident that her wealth of experience and commitment to sustainability will play a pivotal role in shaping a more resilient, responsible, and vibrant institution that will undoubtedly leave a lasting positive impact on UNM and beyond," said Shawna Wolfe, vice president for Institutional Support Services. "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the selection committee, offices of Utilities, and Lobo Energy for their invaluable work and collaboration in developing the first-year action plan and working diligently to find our first director of Sustainability.”

Jakle has been a consultant and editor for several natural resource and environmental organizations across New Mexico. In her most recent full-time position at the University of New Mexico, she was the associate director of the New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), where she was responsible for program management and fiscal oversight of large National Science Foundation grants that funded sustainable energy research across New Mexico’s universities.

Before her position with NM EPSCoR, she led energy efficiency and renewable energy portions of a State Energy Plan developed at the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD). As assistant director of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, she oversaw environmental policy analysis and collaborative decision-making work.

Jakle has held policy and communications positions as a contractor at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and at Rocky Mountain Institute. She also spent time as a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand, studying sustainable hydropower development and earning a Master of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management at Massey University. Jakle also holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.

For more information, visit Institutional Support Services