group photoMembers of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee gather for the successful completion of the unit's goals and objectives. (From left to right: Samantha Voorhees (Business/Finance), Maria Cimilluca (Vice President, I&S), Alex Ortiz (Sustainability), Kevin Marks (Area Management), Ovida Reeves (Analytics), Cathy Brim (Communications), Byron Fitch (Strategic Consulting) and Jeff Bridges (Building Maintenance). 


In April 2022, Infrastructure & Sustainability (I&S) launched its strategic planning process. Seventeen employees from 13 different departments comprised the steering committee which met regularly during a 16-week timeframe. These team members crafted the new mission, vision, goals and objectives that clearly articulate I&S's unique contribution to the overarching Georgia Tech strategic plan. Implementation working groups with members from each department are in formation process.

The I&S Strategic Plan will also become an integral part of the budgeting process for the next fiscal year as well as shape the performance goals for employees in the next calendar year. For FY23 and FY24, I&S will focus on programs and initiatives that support how we amplify impact, champion innovation, and cultivate well-being.

Mission Statement

Infrastructure and Sustainability sets the standard for how to deliver an environment that is safe, sustainable, resilient, and innovative for the entire campus community.

Vision Statement

Infrastructure and Sustainability will ignite and champion the global community toward a sustainable and resilient future through the empowerment of people and stewardship of resources.

Amplify Impact

Goal 1: Learning - Leverage the campus community and environment to broadly share a network of experiences and expertise.

  • Objective 1: Shepherd the integration of sustainability in curriculum, experiential learning and research.
  • Objective 2: Promote meaningful contributions from all departments of I&S to the Living Learning Campus.

Goal 2: Values - Advance sustainability, resiliency, and equity to create transformative cultural impact.

  • Objective 1: Engage with community partners to program and plan newly acquired real estate that centers values of equity, sustainability, and innovation.
  • Objective 2: Celebrate and increase visibility of successful initiatives.
  • Objective 3: Provide visibility on how and why we create sustainable ecosystems and education around their impact and value.

Goal 3: Technology - Exemplify the value of technology in the service of informing positive human impact and the protection of the environment.

  • Objective 1: Understand, standardize, and prioritize equitable access to data.
  • Objective 2: Capture the triple bottom line "people, planet, profit" in decision-making processes.
Champion Innovation 

Goal 4: Students - Engage subject matter experts to empower student innovation.

  • Objective 1: Promote throughout the I&S unit and the campus community that Georgia Tech is a living, learning campus that engages with students and researchers.
  • Objective 2: Invest in spaces that inform a sustainable, resilient lifestyle.

Goal 5: Sustainability - Advance sustainable practices to promote resiliency and environmental preservation.

  • Objective 1: Advocate for zero waste, climate action, and carbon neutrality initiatives to expedite the achievement of stated Institute goals.
  • Objective 2: Promote sustainable utility usage across campus.

Goal 6: Operations - Modernize our business strategies and processes to increase efficiency, reduce redundancy, and improve efficacy.

  • Objective 1: Inventory and assess current processes to evaluate inefficiencies.
  • Objective 2: Provide an avenue for innovative ideas to be presented and evaluated for implementation.
  • Objective 3: Develop an implementation strategy to streamline the integration of identified processes.

Goal 7: Technology - Develop innovative solutions and leverage cutting-edge technologies to optimize resources and operational practices.

  • Objective 1: Collaborate across I&S to identify opportunities for technological advancements that will improve working conditions.
Cultivate Well-Being

Goal 8: Operations - Prioritize the demonstration of leadership's commitment and collaboration to promote an inclusive culture.

  • Objective 1: Be intentional in the ongoing development of employee success and learning opportunities.
  • Objective 2: Celebrate examples of resiliency, exceptional service, and collaboration across departments.
  • Objective 3: Create tangible avenues for staff to share insights on successes, best practices and areas of improvements across all levels.

Goal 9: Well-being - Promote a positive, engaging, and resilient environment to foster well-being.

  • Objective 1: Educate the I&S community about the available resources, training, and team-building activities that contribute to a synergistic culture.
  • Objective 2: Administer a quarterly review of employee feedback to assess the effectiveness of resources.
  • Objective 3: Develop additional resources, programs, and opportunities for our diverse workforce to engage in campus-supported activities.

Goal 10: Safety - Provide healthy and safe working conditions to protect and support all members of I&S.

  • Objective 1: Communicate effectively any changes to processes and procedures regarding safety training.
  • Objective 2: Standardize safety training.


Steering Committee Members:

  • Theophlis Batiste, Building Services Inspector
  • Laurence Brennan, Planning, Design, and Construction Program Support Coordinator
  • Jeff Bridges, A/C Mechanic III
  • Cathy Brim, Communications Officer II
  • Maria Ceballos, Bldg. Information Modeling Manager/Virtual D&C
  • Maria Cimilluca, Vice President, I&S
  • Federico Del Risco, Utilities Engineer II
  • Pat Ficenec, IT Support Professional Senior
  • Larry Goodman, Building Coordinator I
  • Kevin Marks, Area Manager, Building Maintenance
  • Alex Ortiz, Interim AVP, Sustainability
  • Ovida Reeves, Business Analyst II
  • Doug Sims, Systems Support Engineer Senior
  • Stanley Smith, Building Services Program Support Manager
  • Samantha Voorhees, Financial Analyst II
  • Alicia Wood-Jones, Lab & Chemical Safety Officer
  • Nazia Zakir, Sr. Assoc. VP, Strategy and Compliance