2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference

The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10, 2019
Registration Open

Greg Farley, Director Office of Sustainability, Washington College

Greg Farley, Director Office of Sustainability, Washington College

Greg Farley is the Director of Sustainability at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. He came to Washington College in February 2018, after 14 years with Chesapeake College, a regional community college in Wye Mills, MD, where he was both Professor of Biological Science and Director of the college's Center for Leadership in Environmental Education. While at Chesapeake, he initiated the College's first-ever recycling program, relying on student, staff, and faculty volunteers. He led the installation of a 50kW wind turbine, 2MW of solar PV generation, and 1MW of battery capacity; he also helped the college trim almost 25% from its energy use, and participated in the renovation and expansion of a LEED-Platinum certified Health Professions and Athletics Center. He oversaw the design and installation of a $1.1M series of stormwater projects, funded by state grants and county Watershed Improvement Plan funding, and guided the College's development of pollinator-friendly plantings within its solar array. At Washington College, Greg is charged with uniting fiscal sustainability with campus-greening efforts, notably energy conservation, waste-stream reduction, water conservation, carbon-footprint mitigation, and other initiatives that improve the College’s triple-bottom-line performance.

A biologist by training, Greg holds degrees from Duke University and Florida State University. His advocacy for renewable energy earned him the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's 2013 "Climate Hero Award," and he also held the Stuart M. Bounds Distinguished Teaching Chair at Chesapeake College. His 2015 book, "Thinking Like an Island," co-edited by Jennifer Chirico, lays out sustainability success stories in Hawai'i and includes work on sustainable agriculture, green buildings, and renewable energy, among other topics.