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

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Natalie Walker

Sustainability MANAGER

Natalie joined the team in 2019 as the Sustainability Manager. She is responsible for managing the Student Eco-Reps program and serves as a point person for the Sustainability Office with the Student Sustainability Association at Penn (SSAP) and Green Labs program. Natalie also manages application review for the Green Fund, facilitates meetings for the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, and co-manages the Student Advisory Group for the Environment (SAGE).

Natalie serves as an adjunct professor for a Design of Green Materials course at Jefferson University. Prior to working with Penn, Natalie led a team to conduct sustainability audits and certifications for products and facilities as the Director of Operations for GreenCircle Certified. She also has experience managing photovoltaic solar projects and Renewable Energy Certificate portfolios as an Assistant Project manager for Urban Grid Solar.

Natalie is both an International Society of Sustainability Professionals Sustainability Associate and a LEED Green Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Community, Regional, and Global Development from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering with a concentration in Sustainable Infrastructure and the Built Environment from Villanova University. During her time at Villanova, Natalie worked as an engineering teaching assistant, served on the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, and assisted in developing e-learning content. In her free time, you might find Natalie camping, rock climbing, or cooking vegetarian food.

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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 and 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 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 engagement programs and outreach initiatives for students, faculty, and staff in support of the University’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. Elizabeth manages the Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps program and the Sustainability Office's annual University-wide outreach campaigns including ReThink Your Footprint, Power Down, the 30x30 Challenge, and Creating Canopy. She also manages Penn's three certification programs: Green Office, Green Living, and Green Labs. On the student engagement side, Elizabeth manages the PennGreen pre-orientation program and co-manages the Student Advisory Group for the Environment (SAGE).

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 or looking through her bag to find her reusable metal spork.

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.