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 many accomplishments of our alumni and the positions they landed after graduating from BU.
Class of 2015
Rebecca Kahn, MS, Mechanical Engineering
|Rebecca Kahn is expected to receive her MS in mechanical engineering at Boston University in December 2015. Prior to entering the world of engineering through BU’s LEAP program, she received a BA in geography from Colgate University in 2010. For most of 2015, she acted as the lead for the Brownstone Energy Efficiency Pilot with sustainability@BU and BU Facilities, studying and proposing energy conservation measures for the heating systems in BU’s brownstones. Her passion for energy efficiency and sustainability stems from her love of the outdoors. She is an avid hiker, and in 2011 she spent 4 months backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.|
Victoria Dearborn, BA, Environmental Science
|Tori graduated from BU in 2015 with a BA in environmental science and a minor in public health. While to working for sustainability@BU her responsibilities included strategic planning, outreach, and publications. Since graduation Tori has started working as the Sustainability Communications Coordinator for the Challenge for Sustainability program run through A Better City. The Challenge for Sustainability is a nonprofit program that engages leading businesses in the commercial real estate sector in sustainability through benchmarking and developing actionable goals. Her role is to keep Challenge participants engaged through relevant programming and events, webpage content and online resources, participant case studies, newsletters, social media, and all other forms of communication.|
LinkedIN Tori is currently working as the Sustainable Communications Coordinator for the Challenge Sustainability program run through A Better City.
Jarvis Lee, Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
|Jarvis Lee received his M.Eng. in mechanical engineering in 2015. At sustainability@BU he modeled energy consumption in the University’s brownstone dorm buildings as part of a feasibility study on their potential for net zero energy retrofits. As a result, he developed energy conservation measures for piloting and implementation. He is interested in utilizing data in order to provide better insight into building construction and operation. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys cycling in his free time.|
After leaving BU, he went on to work at Retroficiency as an energy analyst, helping develop a data framework for scalable, hands-off insights into building energy use through existing building characteristics and consumption data.
Brian Carroll, MBA, Questrom School of Business
|Brian graduated in 2015 with an MBA from the Questrom School of Business and is currently a Client Representative at IBM. His work with sustainability@BU focused on understanding the market and economic models to make the business case to bring renewable energy to Boston University. Brian’s past internship work with IBM focused on their Smarter Cities business, a collection of mobile, social, and analytics technologies that allow municipalities to more efficiently provide services to their citizens.|
Molly Wilder, MA, Energy & Environmental Analysis
|Molly graduated from BU in 2015 with a MA in energy and environmental analysis. While to working for sustainability@BU her responsibilities included developing the University’s climate change vulnerability assessment, GIS and remote sensing, green office certification, and research. She was also a member of the graduate team developing GIS maps to understand Boston University’s vulnerability to flooding from sea level rise and storm surge under Professor Gopal.|
LinkedIN Molly is currently working as an intern at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network helping to promote success stories throughout the state with a media campaign and report, as well as doing some research, writing, and lobbying work.
Class of 2014
Eric Bullock, MS, GIS & Remote Sensing
|Eric joined sustainability@BU in the Spring of 2014 to work as the Green Office Certification coordinator. From there, he used his skills in GIS and remote sensing to discover campus vulnerabilities to climate change in support of the development of Climate Ready BU. Eric is now a PhD candidate and researcher at BU’s Earth and Environment program using remote sensing to study land cover change around the world.|
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.|
LinkedIN 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 sustainability@BU she has also worked at the Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative (CEESI) and the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab.|
LinkedINKylie is now working 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.|
LinkedINMitchell 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.|
LinkedIN 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.|
LinkedIN Courtney graduated from BU in January 2013 and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health 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.|
LinkedIN Upon graduating, Ian joined Thornton Tomasetti – Fore Solutions, a green building consulting firm as a Project Director. In 2015 Ian opened his own firm SigNATURE Sustainability where he focuses on integrating sustainable building design with landscape design and permaculture.
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.|
LinkedIN 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.|
LinkedIN Nairika graduated in 2012 with a M.A. in Energy & Environmental Analysis and is now a Senior Consultant for Energy Management at Booz Allen Hamilton.
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.|
LinkedIN Mike graduated in 2012 with a concentration in Energy & Environmental Analysis. He is now the Waste Reduction Program Manager for the City of Cambridge.
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.|
LinkedIN 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.|
LinkedIN 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. Meredith has now returned to BU to work as an Operations Financial Analyst for Facilities Management & Planning.
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.|
LinkedIN 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.|
LinkedIN 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.|
LinkedIN Upon graduating, Kamran went on to work at EnerNOC, as a carbon analyst.