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Our Goals – Utilities & Operations

Reduce Penn’s building-related carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 (2009=baseline year)

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Our Team

Meet the team behind sustainability initiatives at Penn! Housed in Facilities and Real Estate Services, Penn's Sustainability Office includes Sustainability Analyst Madeline Schuh and Sustainability Coordinator Elizabeth Main.


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Madeline Schuh

Sustainability analyst

Since 2016, Madeline has been the Sustainability Analyst at the University of Pennsylvania, managing the analytics and reporting for campus-wide sustainability metrics, including energy use, carbon emissions, waste management, transportation, purchasing, and outreach. She manages several university-wide programs, including the lab freezer energy efficiency campaign, the Sustainability Coordinators program, the Penn LEED certification Credit Bank, and supports the Sustainability Director in leading strategic planning and implementation of Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. She serves as Penn’s liaison to the City of Philadelphia for the Energy Benchmarking project and to AASHE for Penn’s STARS submission.

Prior to coming to Penn, Madeline worked as an energy engineer for Steven Winter Associates of New York City and the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center in Champaign, IL. Both roles required performing energy audits, management of retro-commissioning projects, and identifying energy efficiency goals for residential, multi-family, and institutional projects.

Madeline received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently completing her Masters of Environmental Studies with a concentration in Data Analytics and Energy Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Madeline enjoys cooking, reading, and hiking. 


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Elizabeth Main

Sustainability coordinator

Elizabeth joined the team in 2017 as the Sustainability Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates programs and outreach initiatives for students, faculty, and staff in support of the University’s Climate Action Plan 2.0. Specifically, Elizabeth manages the Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps program, the PennGreen Pre-Orientation program, and annual campaigns like ReThink your Footprint, the Power Down Challenge, and 30x30.

Elizabeth came to Penn from the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability, where she also worked in outreach programming. Elizabeth is originally from Virginia and holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences as well as a B.A. in Global Studies: Environments + Sustainability from the University of Virginia. She is currently working toward her Master of Public Administration from Penn's Fels Institute of Government. If you can’t find her, she’s probably digging through a compost bin to remove a piece of plastic.

Emily Goldstein

GRADUATE Sustainability intern

Emily is a recent graduate of the School of Design's City and Regional Planning program. Her concentration in the City and Regional Planning program was sustainable transportation and infrastructure planning. An AmeriCorps NCCC graduate, Emily spends much of her spare time exploring nearby hiking trails and volunteering for a number of Philadelphia based non-profit organizations.

Shravanthi Kanekal

GRADUATE Sustainability intern

Shravanthi is a second year in the Weitzman School of Design pursuing a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Land Use and Environmental Planning. In her free time, Shravanthi enjoys hiking, swimming, and gardening, or you may find her watching (other people's) dogs at a Philly dog park.

Abbey Waugh 

UNDERGRADUATE Sustainability intern

Abbey is a senior working towards a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Biology with a minor in Anthropology. On campus, she is involved with the Climate Reality Project: UPenn Chapter and Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. She enjoys reading and watching cute dog vids.  

Patrick Teese

UNDERGRADUATE Sustainability intern

Patrick is a senior in Penn's Urban Studies Program focusing on architecture, environmental sustainability, and the built environment. He's involved in the green community on campus as co-president of Epsilon Eta and as part of the hive maintenance team for Penn Beekeeping Club.

Jobs and Research with Penn Partnership

A listing of sustainability internship and research opportunities.