April 4, 2022 (Decatur, Georgia) – Agnes Scott College President Leocadia I. Zak has named Kimberly J. Reeves ’12 the college’s new executive director of the Center for Sustainability effective July 1. Kimberly will succeed Susan A. Kidd ’78, MAT ’07 in this role.
Kimberly’s engagement with the Center for Sustainability began with a college work-study job in her first year as the Office of Sustainability’s first student employee. Following graduation, she served as a sustainability fellow in the center before enrolling in graduate school. She has interned with multiple organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Georgia Recycling Coalition, Fernbank Museum, Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division and the University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability and Center for Community Design and Preservation. Since 2014, Kimberly has been affiliated with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where she has led the Office of Sustainability for the past two years. She holds a master’s degree in environmental planning and design from The University of Georgia.
“To say that I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to return to the Agnes Scott community is only scratching the surface,” states Reeves. “In this role, I will be standing on the shoulders of an amazing and successful leader, mentor and innovator. I will strive to continue the advancement of Susan Kidd’s legacy in sustainability, climate change and intersectional environmental justice. Reaching the college’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2037 will take a community effort, including leadership from our students, faculty, staff, alumnae and greater Decatur and Atlanta residents. I am excited and filled with hope to be part of this chapter of Agnes Scott’s mission to educate women to engage the intellectual and social challenges of our time.”
Originally from Lilburn, Georgia, Kimberly will be returning to many family members in, or around, this community. Sustainability work runs in the family. Her sister works for Cox Conserves, her uncle just retired from the EPA, and her cousin was an ASC Fellow who helped manage the Rebekah Scott Hall LEED Platinum renovation.
Named among the Top 20 Green Colleges in America by The Princeton Review, notable accomplishments in sustainability at Agnes Scott include: STARS Gold certification, a 40 percent reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions made possible in part by a nationally recognized $2 million Green Revolving Fund, installation of two geothermal HVAC systems and a quarter megawatt of solar power, restoration of an historic building to LEED Platinum, designation as a Level II Arboretum, and the creation of a joint Climate Resilience Plan with the city of Decatur.
“Agnes Scott’s energy reduction efforts stem from our adherence to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment,” said President Zak. “Since 2018, the college has reduced its carbon footprint by 30 percent, and we are on track for 50 percent reduction by 2022. With Kimberly’s passion and experience, we will continue to elevate Agnes Scott as a leader and innovator in the field of sustainability, climate action and justice. We look forward to extending a warm Scottie welcome home to Kimberly in July.”
About Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 First-Year Experiences and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.