sustainability@BU has been fortunate to have many talented undergraduate and graduate students work with us to move our programs forward. We are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni and the positions they landed after graduating from BU.
Class of 2013
Kasey Elliot, BA, Architectural Studies
|Kasey graduated from BU in 2013. While at BU she focused on sustainable design in architecture and was member of the Boston University Architecture Club Her primary responsibilities while working at sustainability@BU included LEED certification support and outreach .|
Kasey is currently attending UC Berkeley and pursuing a master’s degree in architecture.
Kylie Pedersen, BS, Mechanical Engineering
|Kylie graduated from BU in 2013. In addition to working for sustinability@BU she has also worked at the Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI) and the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab.|
Kylie is now working as as a mechanical engineer at Environmental Systems Design, Inc. in Chicago.
Mitchell Coirin, BS, Mechanical Engineering
|Mitchell Coirin graduated from BU in 2013. His broad interests range from building energy use and efficiency, to aerospace engineering and the dynamics of spaceflight. While working at sustainability@BU he was responsible for tracking the University’s sustainability metrics as well as generating appropriate graphs and charts. These metrics included energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste & recycling, transportation, and others used in annual reporting to STARS, the website, and other publications. Additionally, Mitchell worked on the Green Office/Department Certification programs by performing audits in departments around the University.|
Mitchell is planning on pursuing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Columbia University.
Sarah Healy, MA, Environmental Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS
|Sarah Healy graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in Environmental Science. While working at sustainability@BU she was responsible for coordinating our Sustainable Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) and other third party campus sustainability rating systems. She also coordinated sustainable move-in activities. In addition to her position with sustainability@BU, Sarah is a GIS research assistant in the Department of Geography and Environment. Her interests include hydrology and water resources.|
Sarah is now working on home energy efficiency in the Boston Area with Next Step Living, A Mass Save, provider.
Courtney Carroll, BA, Environmental Analysis and Policy
|Courtney joined the sustainability@BU team in May 2012. Her main tasks involved researching climate and energy data to prepare presentations and to update the sustainability@BU website. She was also responsible for managing sustainability@BU’s Twitter and Facebook pages to facilitate student outreach and communication.|
Courtney graduated from BU in January 2013 and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Class of 2012
Ian Johnson, MA, Energy & Environmental Analysis
|Ian joined sustainability@BU in August of 2010 as Research Assistant. Coordinating with the University’s consultants and contractor, he was instrumental in the LEED Certification process for 85 and 87 St. Mary’s Street, Boston University’s first two LEED Gold projects. He developed, coordinated and implemented the Green Campus Tour, which launched in 2012. Ian also helped lay the groundwork for other LEED projects under BD+C and EBO+M, and worked on the University’s climate action plan.|
Upon graduating, Ian joined Thornton Tomasetti – Fore Solutions, a green building consulting firm as a Project Director
Becky Morgan, BS
|Prior to joining sustainability@BU in 2011, Becky was a Recycling Coordinator at the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. She continued as a Recycling Coordinator and worked extensively on campus outreach and event planning. She ran the Recycling Café for sustainability@BU to help the BU community recycle difficult items like batteries, CFL light bulbs, and small electronics. She was the undergraduate student member of the Communications and Outreach Working Group.|
Becky has gone on to work at Industrial Economics in Cambridge, MA as a Project Administrator.
Nairika Murphy, MA, Energy & Environmental Analysis
|Nairika joined sustainability@BU in October 2009 as a Research Intern where she helped shape the University sustainability program’s reporting methods through metrics and benchmarking. Starting in 2011 Nairika managed all social media initiatives, Join the Challenge, and worked on the development of the EcoRep Program. Further responsibilities included event planning, presentations, and support for LEED Certification projects on campus.|
Nairika graduated in 2012 with a M.A. in Energy & Environmental Analysis and is now Program Assistant, Environmental Change & Security Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.
Mike Orr, MA, Energy & Environmental Analysis
|Mike joined sustainability@BU in February 2011 to launch and roll out the University’s Green Office Certification program. Mike was responsible for scheduling and implementing office energy audits and certifications. He implemented the Green Department Certification pilots on the Charles River and Medical Campuses, and was instrumental in rolling out battery recycling in several departments on campus. Mike was a member of the Behavioral Change and Green Labs Task Forces.|
Mike graduated in 2012 with a concentration in Energy & Environmental Analysis. He is now the Sustainability Coordinator at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Patrick Pease, Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
|Patrick joined the sustainability@BU intern team in May 2011 to create the University’s sustainability metrics dashboard for tracking and generating graphs for reports. These metrics include energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste and recycling, transportation and others for annual reporting to STARS, the website, and other publications.
In addition to his work at sustainability@BU, Patrick was a Teaching Assistant for several CAD courses in the College of Engineering.
Upon graduating, Patrick went on to work for the Cambridge office Arup, an international engineering firm where he designs building mechanical systems for high performance green buildings.
Meredith Withelder, BA, Environmental Analysis and Policy
|Meredith joined the sustainability@BU team in January 2011 as the coordinator for the Sustainability Strategic Plan and reporting the University’s sustainability progress to internal and external audiences including AASHE STARS, Sierra Cool Schools, and the Princeton Review. Meredith coordinated with faculty and staff across campus to provide content, develop goals, strategies and processes for the strategic plan and its supporting documents including the Sustainable Purchasing Program and Green Cleaning Program.|
Upon graduating, Meredith stayed on to work on the University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, then in June 2012 became an analyst for Sightlines, a facilities management company dedicated to help colleges better manage their facilities investments.
Class of 2011
Anny Oberlink, Bachelor of Fine Arts
|Prior to joining sustainability@BU in 2011, Anny was a Recycling Coordinator at the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. She continued as a Recycling Coordinator and developed the recycling pages for the sustainability website. She combined the content of the old BU recycling page with the sustainability@BU recycling page to provide one source for recycling information on campus. As a graphic designer she designed the Join the Challenge mugs we see across campus.|
Upon graduating, Anny started a silk-screening & graphic design studio in New York City called Power Plant Press.
Class of 2010
Alyssa Benjamin, BS, Journalism
|In 2009 Alyssa Benjamin joined BU’s newly formed sustainability group within Facilities Management & Planning. She was an integral part of our identity development, website design, and communications strategy. She provided focus group support, advocated for an engaging user experience and offered a BU student’s perspective. Working closely with our Communications Specialist, Susan Lebovits, she developed content across all aspects of the website and the newsletter.|
After graduating in 2009 Alyssa stayed on to develop and build content for the sustainability@BU and Facilities Management & Planning websites. In October 2010, she went on to work at Eileen Fisher as their Retail Communications Specialist.
Kamran Taqui, MS-MBA dual degree
|Kamran Taqui joined Boston University’s sustainability team in the summer of 2009. His work focused on the development of a Climate Action Plan, developing the tools for the University to track and address our carbon footprint. In addition he designed and implemented the annual Sustainability Survey and supported our Green Building Strategy development. Kamran was also responsible for developing the metrics displayed on the home page of the sustainability website, and the metrics behind BU’s 10 Sustainable Actions.|
Upon graduating, Kamran went on to work at EnerNOC, as a carbon analyst.