In this episode of 13, Colgate Director of Sustainability John Pumilio and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program Coordinator Pamela Gramlich talk about biomass as the primary heat source for the University and how burning locally sourced wood chips helped reduce Colgate’s carbon footprint on its pathway to carbon neutrality in 2019.
Pumilio became the University’s first director of sustainability in 2009. Since that time, Colgate has implemented numerous sustainability programs, reducing the University’s ecological and carbon footprints. Pumilio holds degrees from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and The Evergreen State College in Washington State, with professional experience that includes work for organizations such as the National Park Service, National Audubon Society, and Tauck World Discovery.
Pamela Gramlich became the program coordinator for sustainability and environmental studies in July of 2016. Prior to her work at Colgate, Gramlich studied at Penn State University, where she achieved her bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations, with minors in sociology and sustainability leadership.
Each episode of 13, Colgate’s biweekly podcast, digs into the work of a University community member by asking 13 questions. Episodes highlight the wide array of academic disciplines at Colgate, with interviews featuring faculty from political science, sociology and anthropology, physics and astronomy, women’s studies, English, Africana and Latin American studies, and many more.
Previous episodes of 13 have featured: Dorsey Spencer Jr., Danielle Nied, Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar, F. Scott Kraly, Kerra Hunter, Joe Levy, Nicki Moore, Ken Valente, Sarah Keen, Daniel Benton ’80, Laura H. Jack, Carrie Keating, Robert Kraynak, Dan Gough, Jennifer Tomlinson, Ana Jimenez, Alicia Simmons, Juan Fernando Ibarra Del Cuentro, Karen Harpp, Kwazi Konadu, Paul McLoughlin II, Anthony Aveni, Robert Garland, Ryan Hall, Craig Hatkoff ’76, Susan Thomson, Nick Kokonas ’91, Jessica Graybill, Brian W. Casey, Jeff Bary, Jennifer Brice, Ellen Percy Kraly, Danielle Lupton, Ynesse Abdul-Malak, Nimanthi Rajasingham, and John Pumilio.