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Rhiannon Bailard serves at Pepperdine University as the director of the Center for Sustainability and the assistant vice president of Governmental & Regulatory Affairs. Mrs. Bailard is responsible for on-campus land use planning, environmental compliance, community affairs, governmental relations, and sustainability.
Mrs. Bailard is currently overseeing the entitlement of the Campus Life Project, which is an approximately 400,000 square foot enhancement project aimed at improving the quality of life on the Malibu campus through new and remodeled residential, recreational, athletic, and ancillary support facilities. She ensures compliance with environmental regulations including air quality, water quality, and wastewater. Mrs. Bailard functions as the community liaison for the Malibu campus and runs a Community Working Group aimed at ensuring positive neighborly relations. She also seeks to maintain existing, and forge new, relationships with elected officials.
Mrs. Bailard is proud to be the first director of the Pepperdine University Center for Sustainability. Pepperdine’s sustainable practices date back to 1972 and include the use of reclaimed water for 99% of campus irrigation, a campus-wide recycling diversion rate of 78%, and the use of native vegetation for landscaping. Mrs. Bailard was the first to conduct a campus-wide audit of all sustainable practices. This baseline provided the historical foundation upon which the University made the decision to formally institutionalize sustainability. Mrs. Bailard was instrumental in the University’s approval of a sustainability policy in July 2008 and the creation of a Center for Sustainability in October 2008.
The working charge for the Center is to advance sustainability through the implementation of sustainable practices, the communication of successes and challenges, as well as the education of students, employees, alumni, and community. Mrs. Bailard has spearheaded communication of Pepperdine University’s sustainability efforts on a wide scale through conferences, symposiums, classes, orientations, and most recently through a Center for Sustainability website. During her tenure as the director of the Center, Pepperdine has implemented food waste, construction waste, cell phone, and battery recycling programs to supplement the existing recycling program for all traditional recyclables. Mrs. Bailard facilitated the dedication of 72 acres of pristine native habitat in Little Las Flores Canyon to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy with a conservation easement to the California Department of Fish and Game. Mrs. Bailard has collaborated with student groups on campus including the Graziadio School of Business & Management’s Net Impact and Seaver College’s Green Team on specific initiatives including the increased use of environmentally friendly cleaning products. Moreover, the University has added sustainability courses at all five schools, expanded upon existing “green” building measures, and implemented a car share program, just to name a few of the many successes. Mrs. Bailard engages the community directly in the sustainability dialogue and sits on the Malibu Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Governmental Committees.
Mrs. Bailard received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Thereafter, she worked in Denver as an account manager in the human resources field prior to graduating cum laude from Pepperdine School of Law. Concurrent with her Juris Doctor, Mrs. Bailard received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the renowned Strauss Institute. Throughout law school, Mrs. Bailard worked as a special education advocate ensuring that special needs students were provided a free and appropriate public education consistent with state and federal guidelines. She is a current member of the California Bar.
Mrs. Bailard currently resides on the west side of Los Angeles with her husband and their chocolate lab. She enjoys biking along the Pacific Ocean and hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.