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Faculty in Residence for Sustainability

The Faculty in Residence for Sustainability reports to the Provost of the University. The primary responsibilities include promoting sustainability across the curriculum to faculty, raising awareness of SJSU sustainable practices and achievements to the SJSU community, improving sustainability literacy of students, and providing a place to go for students who are interested in becoming more sustainably focused.


Current Faculty in Residence, Christopher Teng

About Dr. Christopher Teng

Dr. Christopher Teng is excited to continue Bill DeVincenzi's initiatives as Faculty in Residence (co-lead). Academically, Dr. Teng has focused on how local coastal cities have built resilience and how habitat conservation planning has transformed the urban landscape. Professionally, he has held various real estate, land use, and sustainability positions throughout his career. Dr. Teng has been responsible for building sustainability into global real estate portfolios in healthcare, technology, biopharma, higher education campus development, and mixed-use subdivisions. He has served as both a Planning and Transportation Commissioner for the City of Alhambra and is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Planners from the American Planning Association, former co-lead of the Sustainability Interest Group for CoreNet Global, Northern California Chapter, Real Estate Broker, California Department of Real Estate, and Lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University.

Dr. Teng holds both a doctoral and master's degree in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California (Irvine campus) and a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California (San Diego campus). He currently resides in the South Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area with a growing family that enjoys both individual and team activities, such as Shaolin Kung Fu, surfing, hiking, scuba, tennis, cycling, basketball, and volleyball. 



About Bill DeVincenzi (Former Faculty in Residence for Sustainability)

Bill has a two-decade history with SJSU and the local business community through his teaching, fundraising, and community work.  He has been a strong sustainability advocate since 2004. On a more personal note, he explains, “Sustainability is my passion in life right now and it will be for the rest of my life.” In addition to giving numerous presentations and implementing projects promoting sustainability and global understanding for the past ten years, Mr. DeVincenzi founded and raised funds for the long-standing and well-regarded Sbona Honors Program and Thompson Global Internship program in the College of Business. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to SJSU, William was named the 2008 Outstanding Lecturer for San Jose State University.

A personal message from Bill:


FIRS Advisory Board

  • Nicole Angiel - Aceterra
  • Mary Dube - HP
  • Joe Flores - City of San Jose
  • Tom Kabat - NP Boards
  • Dashiel Leeds - Sierra Club
  • Faith Legendre - Consultant
  • Stef Miller - Climate Bus Working Grp
  • Carolina Robertson - SAP
  • Tonya Veitch - Santa Clara County
  • Pauline Vogl - Cisco
  • Bill Weihl - Climate Voice