Office of Energy & Sustainability

Office of Energy & Sustainability Staff

If you have any questions or comments you can reach out to us using the email WCM-Sustainability@med.cornell.edu

Director

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Michael T. Murphy
  • Senior Director, Facilities Management & Campus Operations

Michael oversees the Weill Cornell Medicine Facilities Management and Campus Operations department, which includes an extensive facilities management team responsible for the overall physical plant, regulatory, security, emergency management, and energy efficient operation of approximately 2.5 million square feet of educational, clinical, residential, and medical research space. Michael has 28 years of experience within the design, construction, and facilities management industries and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Associate

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Angela Mu
  • Associate Director or Energy & Sustainability

Angela joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 2016 as the campus Energy Manager. She manages regulatory compliance with energy regulations, develops energy efficiency standards for construction projects, and has implemented projects such as LED upgrades, airflow optimization, and an energy information system to analyze real-time campus utility consumption. Her proudest accomplishment is the administration of a two-year workforce development grant that funded internal green buildings trainings and the creation of a training center to help onboard new employees and upskill existing staff.

Prior to Weill Cornell Medicine, Angela worked at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority as a project manager for energy efficiency programs for the commercial and industrial sectors. Angela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Manager

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Lara Pes
  • Sustainability Program Manager

Lara joined Weill Cornell Medicine in 2014 as a Postdoctoral Trainee in the Radiology Department. In 2019, she became interested in climate change and environmental conservation and became an active member of the local zero-waste community. She then took a sabbatical year to train in the environmental sustainability field and completed a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy from Penn State University. In 2020, Lara returned to Weill Cornell Medicine as a Laboratory Supervisor and co-founded the WCM Green Labs group, a program that helps laboratories reduce their environmental footprint and minimize energy and water use. In 2022, she became the first WCM Sustainability Program Manager. Lara’s initial focus in her new position is to improve recycling infrastructure and create related educational material for the WCM campus. Other responsibilities include expanding on the Green Labs group and other general sustainability projects.

Lara has a PhD in Chemistry, and her training brought her from Italy to Ireland, Germany, and finally to New York City. 

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Akhil Soman
  • Energy Manager

Akhil joined Weill Cornell Medicine as an Energy Engineer in 2020, and identifies and implements projects that help lower energy use in WCM buildings. His projects have included demand response, steam pipe and fittings insulation, lighting upgrades, airflow optimization, energy metering upgrades, and chiller plant optimization. He has performed data analysis on building systems to identify potential energy conservation opportunities and managed incentive applications to reduce the upfront capital investment from WCM. In 2023, he became the Energy Manager and now leads the energy team to mitigate Weill Cornell Medicine’s campus carbon emissions.

Before joining Weill Cornell Medicine, Akhil worked as a thermal equipment design engineer in Thailand and an energy engineer at UMass Amherst’s Industrial Assessment Center. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calicut, India, and a Master’s degree in Thermofluids from UMass Amherst.

Engineer

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Filipp Alaverdyan
  • Energy Engineer

Filipp joined Weill Cornell Medicine as an Energy Engineer in 2023. As part of the energy team, Filipp works to facilitate the implementation of various energy savings projects and investigations, ensuring Weill Cornell Medicine complies with Local Law 87 & Local Law 97 and evaluating future decarbonization and facility electrification pathways. Before joining Weill Cornell Medicine, Filipp worked as an Energy Engineer and an Energy Manager with Aramark Engineering Solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University and dual Master’s degrees in Sustainability in the Urban Environment and Earth Systems and Environmental Engineering from the Grove School of Engineering, City College of New York. 

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Hemant Tiwari
  • Energy Engineer

Hemant joined the Office of Energy and Sustainability as an Energy Engineer in August 2023. He focuses on developing and implementing WCM's energy-efficient projects to meet LL97 GHG targets. 

Prior to this position, Hemant provided technical, strategic, and project management support to Mount Sinai Health System, developing their energy management program and meeting GHG emission reduction targets. Hemant also served as a project manager at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Division of Energy Management and worked as an Energy Engineer at CLEAResult Consulting in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Hemant holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University, where he was part of US DOE's Industrial Assessment Center, leading teams for energy assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities. Hemant has earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from Gujarat Technological University in India. He is a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional. 

Did you know

Fume hoods and -80 freezers can consume as much as 3.5 and 1 homes' worth of energy, respectively.

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