Director of Sustainability at Smeal

Erik Foley is the new Director of Sustainability at Smeal. Before coming to Smeal, Erik was the Managing Director at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, the mission of which is to integrate sustainability across all major functions of the university: research, teaching, outreach and operations.

Erik Foley is the new Director of Sustainability at Smeal. Before coming to Smeal, Erik was the Managing Director at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, the mission of which is to integrate sustainability across all major functions of the university: research, teaching, outreach and operations. He has the unique perspective of understanding the business imperative for sustainability as well as the deep ecological and social dimensions to human decision-making. A skilled leader, writer and strategist, Erik has been on the front lines of sustainability for two decades with on-the-ground experience from rural Paraguay to the Alaskan bush to the inner city. He earned a bachelor's degree from Whitman College (Washington) and a Master's in Business Administration from St. Francis University (Pennsylvania). Erik has served as the president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium, on the Environmental Committee of Leadership Centre County, on the American Council on Renewable Energy's Higher Education Committee, and within Penn State on the University Sustainability Council. Erik is on the board of Clearwater Conservancy and also serves on the board and is the treasurer of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).

Before joining Penn State in 2009, Erik was the founding director of the Renewable Energy Center at St. Francis University, which worked across the state on community-based renewable energy development, particularly wind power. From 1997-1999, Erik served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Specialist. Erik is married, has two children and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.