Caroline Savage Ph.D., LEED AP-ND

Program Director, Princeton Internships in Civic Service
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304 Frist Campus Center, Princeton NJ 08544


As the Class of 1969 Program Director for Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS), I have the honor of integrating the PICS program, which has operated as a successful nonprofit organization for 25 years, into the Pace family and culture. My vision is to build on the incredible legacy of the Class of ’69 and all of the supporters and partners they have attracted. I work with:

  • Students to curate an internship experience that helps them apply classroom learning and develop their professional goals and skills to embody the spirit of “in the service of humanity”,

  • Community partners who make the world a better place through service and engagement, and offer their organizations as sites of learning and development for students who join in our community partners’ missions,

  • Alumni, whose creation of and sustained engagement with PICS as supporters and mentors makes this unique program a building block of lifelong professional relationships,

  • Campus partners from a variety of departments to help elevate service and support students’ co-curricular experiences together, and

  • The Pace Center team who shares their brilliance and expertise to help situate PICS in the context of the arc of students’ Princeton experience and beyond.


I’m energized by the opportunities and challenges of bringing academic knowledge into the real world to solve wicked problems, strengthen communities, and help us grow empathy and leadership capacities. Before coming to Pace, I focused specifically on sustainability for 12 years. Most recently, I supported the Office of Sustainability’s Campus as Lab program and the growing appetite for applied sustainability research on campus, scaling up the program to 300 projects with nearly equal engagement across Princeton’s four academic colleges. Prior to Princeton, I served as the Director for the Institute for Community Sustainability at Indiana State University where I developed several environmental justice programs and services.

Since my own career has been so full of surprises and plot twists, I’m excited to be supporting students as they navigate and narrate their stories. I have a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University, M.P.S. in Environmental Studies from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), and Ph.D. in Spatial and Earth Sciences from Indiana State University. My dissertation research explored sustainability in Rust Belt cities. I am a proud member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Advisory Council and a LEED AP-ND accredited professional.

Fun Fact

I am slowly learning Hindi – if you speak it, I am always grateful for conversation buddies who can be patient while I stammer out a few sentences (you have my full blessing to laugh at my mistakes!) I also have a black belt in Taekwondo, and I love to travel; recent highlights include China, Egypt, and Ireland.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainability
  • Experiential learning
  • Applied research
  • Project management
  • Data driven decision-making