Meet the Staff

Matt Beecy

As Associate Director for Engineering, Energy, and Sustainability (ADEES), Matt is responsible for engineering design efforts related to building systems and campus infrastructure, for developing guidelines and standards that produce efficient energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for ensuring the Office of Sustainability's activities are in concert with the University's Climate Change Initiative, and for energy procurement. The ADEES strives to ensure these tasks are executed in a collaborative fashion between the Office of Sustainability, the University Energy Manager, and the Energy Analyst in an effort to achieve the University's overarching design, operational, energy, and environmental goals.

These systems, tasks, and operational units have a high impact on energy use, occupant comfort, and operations and maintenance costs to the university. Selection of appropriate systems is critical for reducing university cost, improving employee productivity, deriving maximum value from the systems, and reducing the university's environmental impact.

Jason Mathias

As the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Jason works to lower Johns Hopkins' carbon footprint through Smart Labs and other sustainability initiatives. He is also responsible for managing data and metrics. Jason joined the Office of Sustainability from Baltimore City government, with five years logged in the Office of Sustainable Energy managing energy and alternative transportation projects. He is a Certified Energy Manager and has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Studies from Towson University.

Growing up locally, Jason has a passion for both trees and seeing Baltimore prosper. He's part of the community in Thread and helps weekly at Sarah's Hope. In his spare time, Jason can often be found biking around Baltimore, or at a local vegan eatery. Jason is excited to be working with you to make Johns Hopkins a leader in sustainability!

Ashley Pennington

Ashley Pennington is the Program Manager for the Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability. Ashley helps oversee implementation of Climate Action Plan, coordinates annual review of campus progress and goal-setting with various campuses and divisions, facilitates strategic stakeholder engagement on projects and programs to increase campus sustainability operationally and culturally, and provides direction to Office of Sustainability staff to meet strategic objectives. She serves as an adviser to various student programs, teaches an intersession course introducing freshmen to sustainability on campus, in Baltimore and beyond, and oversees the "Green Lead: Whole Impact Training" Leadership Program: a training program designed to provide students the skills, tools and experiences to be effective leaders on campus, in the community, and in their careers through workshops, guest speakers, excursions and interactive activities. Ashley also serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Community ToolBank, and represents Johns Hopkins on numerous committees, including the Healthy Harbor Steering Committee, the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium, Baltimore Colleges & Universities for a Sustainability Environment (B'CaUSE), and various internal working groups and committees. 

Though born in Baltimore, Pennington came to Hopkins from the University of Florida, where, after earning her B.A. in English Literature, she managed communications and campus engagement programs for their Office of Sustainability. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University and prior to her work at UF, she spent time on Florida’s Space Coast working in advertising, marketing and public relations. When she's not working or cheering on the Florida Gators, Ashley loves to cook, read the many books that adorn her shelves, spend time at home and in nature with her husband and two dogs, and working to overcome her acute wanderlust.

Olivia Zug

As the Associate Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Office of Sustainability, Olivia is responsible for marketing and communications for the office, including university campaigns and published materials, as well as outreach and engagement through student, staff and faculty programming.

Olivia is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she grew up enjoying the outdoors. She earned her B.A. in Government and Politics with a Spanish minor from the University of Maryland. She has worked to integrate higher education and sustainability through her work in various UMD campus offices as well as the Johns Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Outside of the work day, Olivia loves all things Baltimore – parks, trees, traditions, food – and enjoying it all on her bike.

Ideas in Action

Think before you print.

Office paper is highly recyclable, but a lot gets wasted. Waste reduction is more cost-effective than recycling because it reduces the amount of material that needs to be collected, transported and processed.