Her advocacy of sustainable practices was further shaped by her research program in environmentally conscious design and manufacturing at Georgia Tech. In her new role on the Environmental Advisory Commission, she has not yet defined her goals, preferring – characteristically – to spend some time listening first. “Carol is a strategic thinker,” said Charles Liotta, her mentor at Georgia Tech. “She knows how to organize, she knows how to set goals, she sets strategies – she’s a natural born leader.” At Caltech, meanwhile, she is already experimenting with the landscaping, and suggested last fall that much of the campus’s lawns be allowed to go dormant and brownish instead of being torn up and reseeded with a winter variety of grass. Her ambitions for the campus go far beyond its lawns, though. “I think … the student body – if we give them more practice and experience with these ideas of climate change, alternative energy, sustainability – that they have tremendous potential to make a difference,” she said. At Caltech, she and Chameau have been a constant presence at student events. “I think it’s almost one of the coolest jobs in the world to have,” she said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Caltech didn’t just get one new leader when it hired Jean Lou Chameau as its president seven months ago – it acquired a pair of them. Joining Chameau from Atlanta was his wife, Carol Carmichael, formerly the director of the Institute for Sustainable Technology and Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. For the first few months she was in Pasadena, though, Carmichael remained a fairly quiet presence, listening and waiting to see how her role would evolve. “It’s pretty presumptuous to come to a new place and immediately say `This is what we are going to do,”‘ said Carmichael, a petite, impeccably dressed brunette. Then, a few months ago, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard asked her to join the city’s newly formed Environmental Advisory Commission, a group of nine citizens who will make recommendations to the City Council and guide the realization of the city’s Environmental Charter and Green City Action Plan. With the position, Carmichael said, her role in this new city is at last beginning to crystallize – as a liaison between Caltech and the community, and a guide for the school’s aspirations of environmental consciousness. Carmichael attributes much of her environmental sensitivity to growing up in Wisconsin and to her father, a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1938 to 1941. Founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC was a Depression-era work program that helped construct many buildings and trails still in use in local, state and national parks. “When I was a kid, from Memorial Day to Labor Day every weekend we went camping, and it was always a tour of everything my father and his friends had built,” Carmichael said with a laugh. “I have seen every fish hatchery in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.” Carmichael studied chemistry in college during a time of widespread concern about toxic pollution, she said, motivating her to go into environmental policy.
Hospital, county agree on rent
Sentencing postponed in man’s slaying trial