As energy and sustainability assistant director, Agins manages NYU Langone Health’s environmental sustainability program. Agins sets the program’s strategic direction and leads projects to reduce the health system’s environmental footprint across a growing building portfolio of more than 13 million square feet to reach its carbon neutrality goal by 2050. She also works to build a culture of sustainability among more than 40,000 employees through robust engagement and communications. Agins received her dual MBA and MS from the University of Michigan focused on sustainable enterprise and environmental management.
Why is corporate social responsibility important to you and your organization?
Pursuing sustainability in healthcare is unique because caring for the environment is essential to NYU Langone Health’s mission. You truly cannot have healthy people without a healthy environment. That is why NYU Langone acts as a community leader in CSR and has made strong public commitments in these areas.
How does your organization ensure that CSR flows through all of its areas?
NYU Langone’s sustainability commitments extend to every facet of the health system across patient care, research and education. To ensure that CSR flows throughout, we focus on implementing overarching institutional policies that support our goals, creating committees across departments and job functions, and activating our large employee base to build grassroots commitment and projects that align with their values. Our goal is to develop both a top-down and bottom-up approach.
What are some of your organization’s specific CSR goals and what social impact do you hope to accomplish?
NYU Langone recently committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 as part of a pledge led by U.S. Health and Human Services. We continue to invest in infrastructure, energy resiliency, and emergency preparedness as we adapt to a changing future. Climate change is a serious global health issue that is affecting the communities we serve, many of which already face significant compounding disparities. By leading through example, we can inspire other health systems to do the same and together further advocate for the needed decarbonization of the healthcare value chain.
How would you describe CSR in three words?
Ensuring the future