Full Name
Marianella Franklin
Job Title
Chief Sustainability Officer
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Speaker Bio
Marianella Franklin is the founding Chief Sustainability Officer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, leading the institutions global sustainability efforts with 20 years in higher education. She is responsible for and focused on improving sustainable development and organizational effectiveness in education, research, operations and global engagement. Since she established the Office for Sustainability in 2009, Marianella has accelerated institutional progress in academics, educating the next generation of professional leadership, driving interdisciplinary sustainability research, and creating outreach opportunities with businesses, non-profit organizations, policy makers and the community.

Marianella’s drive for transformational change with diverse projects and programs has considerably reduced UTRGV’s institutional waste, water and energy use; including effective and efficient best practices for day-to-day office activities, procurement, and both student and employee commutes. Marianella’s guiding leadership and integration of these sustainable efforts, in collaboration with and across virtually all the institutions departments and activities, has and continues to conserve resources, producing substantial cost savings each year while reducing the university’s overall GHG Emissions by 25% thus far.

Marianella’s leadership has helped launch various programs and centers that include: the UTRGV - International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum; The South Texas Industrial Assessment Center; Sustainability Fellows, Scholars and Internship programs and assisted in developing new interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in Energy, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. As an industry advocate Marianella has shared her knowledge lecturing at numerous conferences and seminar based programs. Marianella is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), Climate Change Professionals (CCP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), USGBC and a LEED accredited professional. Marianella holds a BA in Architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, and a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from The University of Vermont.
Marianella Franklin