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

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Nina Morris

Sustainability director

Beginning in October 2020, Nina Morris joined the office as the Sustainability Director. Nina is responsible for managing the sustainability staff; tracking and reporting key performance indicators; and providing outreach, education, and collaboration with stakeholders to improve sustainability performance across campus. She also serves as the University’s primary spokesperson regarding sustainability performance and is responsible for compliance with University membership requirements for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Global University Leadership Forum’s International Sustainability Campus Network.

Previously, Nina worked for 10 years at the University of Virginia's Office for Sustainability. There, she served as co-chair of the Civic Engagement Subcommittee and helped found and run the Equity & Environment Fund and hosted annual environmental justice events. Nina holds a B.A. in Spanish & Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University. Nina is a LEED Green Associate, certified PROSCI Change Practitioner, and a mother who can be found exploring Philadelphia’s parks and playgrounds during her family time.

natalie walkerNatalie 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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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 Green Office and Green Living certification programs. 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. In August of 2020, Elizabeth completed her Master of Public Administration degree 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.

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Emily Shaw

graduate sustainability intern

Emily (she/they) is a Master of Architecture candidate at Penn's Weitzman School of Design. She earned her BA in design at UC Davis, where she focused her studies on sustainability in the built environment and using design as a form of activism. While at Penn, Emily hopes to further her studies in sustainability and community engagement in architecture and design. When Emily isn't working, you can find her practicing pet photography with her cats. 



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Sarah Jones

undergraduate sustainability intern

Sarah is a senior from Schenectady, NY in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Urban Studies and Political Science and is submatriculating into a Master's in Nonprofit Leadership at SP2. She is particularly interested in sustainable agriculture and food justice and the intersection of environmentalism and political activism. Sarah enjoys urban foraging, pallet DIY projects and sweet potato black bean enchiladas.


kylie cooper

Kylie Cooper

undergraduate photography intern

Kylie Cooper is a junior from Massachusetts studying Communication and Journalistic Writing. After graduation, she hopes to become a photojournalist to share the stories of everyday people and uplift marginalized voices. In her free time, Kylie is usually exploring somewhere new with her camera in hand, trying out new vegan foods, or reading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time. 



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