A Fond Farewell and Best Wishes to Marian Brown, M.S.’95, Special Assistant for Campus and Community Sustainability.


Contributed by Mark Darling

 After over 30 years of service to the College in several roles Marian will become the first Director of the Wells Institute of Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College in Aurora, NY beginning June 3.


 Marian has coordinated and chronicled the Ithaca College’s broad-based sustainability initiative since 2004. As a member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment campus committee that developed the College’s climate action plan, she was responsible for the adoption of the Climate Action Plan by the Board of Trustees in October of 2009. Off-campus, she represented the College Sustainability Initiative to numerous partners and she served on the boards of Sustainable Tompkins and Ithaca Carshare, and is on the advisory board for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Environment Program committee.


 A quiet and exceptionally effective organizer, she has an incredible capacity for going the extra mile-and-half to see a project through to completion. Her involvements on campus have included co-chairing the United Way campaign and singing with the Ithaca Voices. Her boundless energy makes it hard to keep up with her! We will all miss seeing Marian, coat tails flying as she sped from classrooms, to meeting rooms to practice rooms, on and off campus, giving tirelessly of herself in every endeavor.

We all wish her the best in her new position and we know that she will continue her dedication to Sustainability by bringing that expertise and energy to Wells College and Cayuga County.