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


Jobs and Research with Penn Sustainability

A listing of sustainability internship and research opportunities.