STAFF

Julian Goresko joined Johns Hopkins in 2019 and serves as the Director of Sustainability. In his role, Julian oversees the Office of Sustainability team and programs, serves on the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Leadership Council and Hopkins Local Advisory Committee, and collaborates with university-wide stakeholders to develop strategies and programs that enhance JHU’s sustainability roadmap. Julian has worked in the higher education sector for over twelve years and has broad experience in sustainability planning and university administration. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Studies with a focus in policy and sustainability and is a proud walking commuter who lives with his family near the Homewood Campus.

Leana Houser

Leana Houser is the Waste Reduction and Recycling Manager, working to engage all members of the Johns Hopkins community to reduce the generation of waste and encourage the responsible reuse and recycling of materials. She has been committed to sustainability issues for her entire career at Hopkins which began in 2003, including receiving her Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from the JHU Advanced Academic Programs. Her dedication to protecting the health of the environment and the people in it began camping every summer as a child and carried through to rural St Mary’s College of Maryland where she earned a BA in Public Policy and continues ever stronger as a proud resident of Baltimore City.

Lizzie Grabowski

Lizzie Grabowski is the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) Coordinator, working to unite faculty, students, and staff across the University in collaborative work to transform Johns Hopkins into a sustainability leader. Lizzie spent her early career teaching environmental science, ecology, and land stewardship on organic farms in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. She holds a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Health and Food Studies from Dickinson College and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. 

Teressa Healy is a Communications & Engagement Specialist, working to connect the JHU community to sustainability initiatives through digital media, storytelling, and a mix of behavior change programs and outreach events. Teressa has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dickinson College, where she engaged in research topics ranging from climate change resilience in Nepal to food security in Pennsylvania and also served as Communications & Outreach Coordinator at Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education. 

Bena Zeng

Bena Zeng is the Energy Engineer working in the Engineering and Energy Department of JHFRE. At JHU, Bena is responsible for investigating, data measurement and verification, and implementation of energy savings measures for Homewood Campus and all affiliated campuses. She brings 10 years of energy auditing, facilities management and mechanical design experience to this role. Her passion for building energy optimization and process improvement stemmed from her Mechanical Engineering degree at Syracuse University. 

Agathe Pierot is the Sustainability Analyst, leading the collection, analysis, management, and communication of data and metrics. She provides analytic support for all sustainability projects with data-related needs. She has over 6 years’ experience working on sustainability issues, especially as they pertain to energy efficiency in buildings and sustainable investments. She became passionate about campus sustainability in her previous role at the Yale Office of Sustainability. She holds a Masters’ in Finance from EDHEC Business School.

SUSTAINABILITY INTERNS

Kylie Poe

Kylie Poe is a senior from Connecticut majoring in Environmental Science and Writing Seminars. She also works as a copy reader on the News-Letter and a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Writing Seminars Department, and she is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. Kylie hopes to work in sustainability or environmental science writing one day and is getting her start with an internship at the Office of Sustainability.

Julia Comeau is a second year graduate student at Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she concentrates in International Economics and Energy, Resources, and Environmental Policy. Prior to attending Johns Hopkins, Julia worked on Capitol Hill where she developed policy governing the energy and environmental sector. In addition to her internship with the Office of Sustainability, Julia holds a leadership position in the SAIS International Finance Club. She received her B.A. in Ocean Policy and Economics from the University of Miami. 

Preethi Kaliappan

Preethi Kaliappan is a senior from Rochester, Minnesota studying mechanical engineering. Aside from being an Research and Operations Intern, she is involved in the Johns Hopkins chapter of Engineers without Borders and is a member of Theta Tau. Preethi hopes to use the intern position to inspire and motivate people to take action in making Hopkins a more sustainable campus!

Ethan Underweiser

Ethan Underweiser is a senior from New York. He is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology with a minor in Theater and Arts. Along with working in the Office of Sustainability, Ethan is a part of the Student Philanthropy Association, the Johns Hopkins Ultimate Frisbee team, the Undergraduate Admissions staff, and the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. As a Research and Operations Intern, Ethan is excited to make a positive difference in Hopkins’s waste management system, as well as Hopkins’s climate and energy initiative.

Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Thompson is a junior from Austin, Texas. She is studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Dorothy is an outdoor trip leader with the Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club, she dances with the Aerial Circus Club and is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity. Dorothy is specifically looking forward to learning more about waste management on campus and using her creativity and resourcefulness to contribute to future projects that decrease the carbon footprint of the Hopkins community!

Romina Rojas is a junior from New Jersey majoring in Biophysics and minoring in Environmental Studies, along with being on the pre-medical track. In addition to the Engagement Intern position, Romina is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and involved with Blue Key Society. She is very passionate about sustainability and hopes to promote sustainable practices on campus through the Intern position.

Giselle-Dior Bourelly is junior from Oakland, CA majoring in public health with a possible minor in psychology. She spends time tutoring elementary school students from the community in STEM subjects in an effort to encourage them to enter STEM fields in the future. Giselle is excited to be working as an intern to make a difference in campus sustainability.

Kathy Cao is a junior from New York. She is pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and two minors in Environmental Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Management. In addition to working as a Research and Operations Intern, she is a regular volunteer with Campus Kitchen and is the director of volunteer recruitment and management for Blue Jay’s Perch, Hopkins’ very own community garden. Kathy is looking forward to working with the Community Living team to make a sustainable change to campus life through her sustainability intern position!

Mansha Kapur is a junior from India, double majoring in Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Besides her role as Communications Intern, she pursues her passion for sustainability with Refuel Our Future (Hopkins’ divestment club), the Alternative Protein Project, and CARE (Compassion, Awareness, Responsible Eating). She also works as a Study Consultant and First-Year Mentor at Hopkins, and volunteers with shelter dogs at the Maryland SPCA. Mansha is excited to contribute to sustainability at Hopkins and amplify dialogue and greener practices on campus!

 Rachel Huang is a sophomore from New York, majoring in Public Health and Neuroscience. In addition to working as a Communications Intern, she is a SGA senator, part of the marketing team for Taara Projects, and a student representative for the Sustainability Leadership Council. She is looking forward to being engaged with the Office of Sustainability  and helping others learn how to incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day lives. 

Talia Shadroui is a junior from Tennessee, majoring in International Studies and Environmental Studies. In addition to working as an Engagement Intern, she is an SGA senator, the Director of Public Relations for the Johns Hopkins Law Review, and a student representative for the Sustainability Leadership Council. She is excited to contribute to sustainability efforts on campus, bring awareness to environmental issues, and share her passion for environmental justice.