Alexandra Harry Nappier is the Director of the Office of Campus Sustainability.

What’s your role at the University? 

I’ve been with the University since summer 2019. My role centers on re-focusing the Facilities Planning and Management division on sustainability and uniting outside departments into new and engaging sustainability efforts. 

What do you like most about your role? 

Within the facilities division, I get a bird’s eye view of how the University buildings and grounds are designed, built, and maintained.  There is great variety in the work on any given day and problem solving has been challenging and rewarding. 

I enjoy connecting with University stakeholders and learning more about what individuals hope to see in a sustainability program at the University. For me, working with students has been the most rewarding. Their enthusiasm and interest propel many sustainability initiatives forward. 

In my roles, I love finding opportunities to blend sustainability and landscape management. Together, we’ve collaborated on the community garden and getting the University certified as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

How have your past experiences helped prepare you for this role? 

Before joining Catholic U, I worked in energy efficiency, green building consulting, and commercial real estate. I earned degrees in architecture and commercial real estate. I’ve worked to center my career on issues related to sustainability and the built environment. All of these experiences have prepared me for my role at Catholic. 

What advice do you have for those interested in a green career post-graduation? 

My best advice is to take classes that lend themselves to learning more about environmental stewardship. Seek out advice from faculty, upperclassmen, and recent graduates in your program. Get exposure with student clubs, local non-profits, volunteering opportunities, and local events related to sustainability. 

How do you live sustainably in your everyday life? 

Recently, I’ve taken up gardening to grow my vegetables, flowers, and fruits. I have an outdoor plot and an indoor hydro garden. Last year, I harvested arugula, onions, Brussel sprouts, beets, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes to name a few. 

I live in Bowie, MD, and desire to see the city incorporate more environmental best practices. In 2020, I joined the City’s environmental committee to advise the mayor and city council on planned sustainability initiatives.