Boll Named Princeton’s Executive Director of Sustainability

Written by
Frances Hannan, Office of the Vice President for Facilities
April 9, 2024

Sarah Boll became Princeton’s Executive Director of Sustainability on April 8, 2024. She will oversee Princeton’s progress towards achieving its Sustainability Action Plan, including reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2046. 

As Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability, Boll will continue to lead the integration of sustainability into the University’s operational and academic systems. She succeeds Shana Webber, the inaugural director of sustainability who over saw the office from 2006 until late 2023.  

“Sarah is a proven sustainability leader across multiple sectors, including higher education and corporate,” said Vice President for Facilities KyuJung Whang. “Her commitment to evidence-based approaches and carbon accounting will be invaluable as we continue to advance sustainability initiatives at Princeton.” 

“I am thrilled to join the team in Facilities and the Office of Sustainability,” Boll said. “Princeton has ambitious sustainability goals and I look forward to advancing these goals with the campus community.” 

Boll joins Princeton from Marriott International, where she served as the Senior Director of Energy & Sustainability. In that role, Sarah helped set the company's science-based emissions reduction targets across all scopes and developed Marriott's comprehensive climate action program.  

Prior to her time at Marriott, Sarah held significant roles in state government and academia. At the State of Utah's Division of Facilities Construction and Management, Sarah served as Assistant Director, Building Performance, leading initiatives that resulted in substantial cost savings and efficiency improvements across various state agencies.  

At the University of Utah, where she served as Energy Manager/District Manager, Sarah managed one million square feet of research and academic space, led projects that doubled the amount of energy saved for every dollar spent, and completed a retro-commissioning project that paid back in just six months. Sarah began her Facilities career at New York University (NYU) as a Sustainability Project Manager where she implemented building automation systems that curtailed energy use. She also managed the University’s waste and recycling programs.  

Sarah's leadership experience extends to her service as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, where she served as Liaison Officer for Military Pre-positioning Squadron and Second in Command of the USS FIFE's Gas Turbine Engineering Plant.  

Sarah holds a Bachelors of Science from Tulane University and a Masters of Science in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh.