Connect with Alums and Employers in Sustainability.

Career Administrator

On Thursday February 2nd, Green Grounds, Net Impact, The Office For Sustainability, Whole Foods and The Career Center will be hositng our 2nd annual Sustainability Career Conversations.  Connect wtih employers and alums focused on sustainabilty in a wide range of industries, from law, to architecture, media, agriculture and more.  Students can sign up to spend 30 minutes in a small group with up to 4 professionals.  Whole Foods will provide a catered lunch afterward with some short remarks by Whole Foods Marketing Lead  Kristen Rabourden, Students are invited to come for just conversation, or lunch or both.  


Sustainability Career Conversations Participants

Robert Bui

Robert is a Consultant with Deloitte in their Strategy and Operations Division.  Robert graduated fron UVA in 2013 with a degree in Systems Engineering and a degree in Economics.  In his work at Deloitte Robert led over 40 executive-level interviews with food industry experts and developed novel food waste value frameworks, methodologies, and models for ReFED, A Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20%; . He worked with impact investing firm MissionPoint Partners to help launch their effort with widespread national coverage in NPR, TIME, CNBC, and other media outlets

Morgan Butler

Morgan is the Senior Attorney and Leader of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Charlottesville/Albemarle Project which studies local environmental issues and, through advocacy, urges local planners to adopt smarter growth practices. He specializes in transportation and land use issues in the local area. Morgan is a double Hoo, graduating from UVA with both a B.A. and a J.D.

Cara Bottorff

Cara Bottorff is currently a Co-owner and Policy Analyst at Key-Log Economics. Much of her current work there focuses on energy policy, particularly the economic impacts of natural gas pipelines. She is also finishing up her MPP degree at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy where she is focusing on environmental policy. In 2015, she graduated from UVA with her undergraduate degree in foreign affairs with minors in economics and global sustainability. She joined Key-Log’s staff just before graduation and had previously completed contract research on payment-for-ecosystem-services programs around the country.

Erik Haug

Erik Haug worked at ExxonMobil for six years, beginning as a Senior Petroleum Geologist, primarily focused on development of oil and gas offshore Sakhalin, Russia and the Gulf of Mexico.  He was promoted to Exploration Geologist and explored offshore Nigeria. In 2012, he was the lead geoscientist on the discovery of Owowo-2, the largest discovery in Nigeria in over a decade. In the final two years at ExxonMobil, he worked as a Commercial Advisor in the Africa region of the corporation. He now works as a Senior Associate in Business Development at Apex Clean Energy in Charlottesville, VA. At Apex, Erik negotiates and supports Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) with corporations seeking renewable energy. He received a B.S. in Geology with Environmental Concentration from The College of William and Mary in 2007and a M.S. in Geosciences at Virginia Tech in 2009.

Beth Heider

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Elizabeth (Beth) Heider, FAIA, LEED Fellow, translates Skanska’s commitment to sustainability into action while serving on Skanska USA’s Management Team. She supports Skanska's four US business units: Building and Civil (construction), and Commercial and Infrastructure Development with combined annual revenues of approximately $8 Billion. Her career encompasses all phases of design and construction as architect, construction manager and sustainability leader. Heider served for six years on USGBC’s national Board of Directors which she chaired in 2012. She is widely recognized for her leadership in building more sustainably, most recently by Green Building & Design as one of the Ten Most Powerful Women in Sustainability.

Coles Jennings

Coles graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a brief stint in semiconductors, he has been with Mason & Hanger (formerly Hankins & Anderson) for the last 8 years. While at M&H he has served as a lead mechanical engineer, designing a variety of building and system types for the federal government. Now a Senior Energy Engineer, he leads a team of dedicated energy analysis experts in helping to leverage energy efficiency at all phases of design, from concept studies through certification and construction.

Coles is a PE, LEED Associated Professional, Certified Energy Auditor, and ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional. He is also an active participant in ASHRAE and ACEC Virginia, and was named a recipient of ACEC Virginia's Rising Star Award in 2015.

John McMahon

John McMahon (Col '05) owns and operates Schuyler Greens Company, a high-tech greenhouse operation near Charlottesville, VA. Schuyler Greens uses technology, computer automation, and innovative growing techniques to grow pesticide-free produce in a sustainable manner, and uses about 40x less water per plant, than a typical farm. Prior to founding Schuyler Greens Company, John held various consulting, finance, and sales roles at large, Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he has a MBA in Finance from Fordham University and serves on the Board of the Miller School.


Rob Mcatee

Rob McAtee is founder and director of Mason & Hanger’s Energy and Sustainability Services group, a special entity within the company dedicated to increasing facility performance, improving energy productivity, and promoting sustainability. Prior to his current role, Rob was the Director of Mechanical Engineering where he led the design team in HVAC, plumbing, fuel, and cogeneration systems. Many of the projects have an emphasis on high-performance and are mission-critical facilities. He began his career with Siemens Power Corporation in a consulting studio focused on improving the safety of nuclear power plants in the U.S. and Europe.Rob holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered professional engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.


Jaime Van Mourik

Jaime is a leader for colleges and universities “going green,” offering institutions guidance through the green building planning and implementation process and advising on how the LEED Green Building Rating System® can act as a framework for shaping sustainability initiatives in teaching, research and practice. In her role, she directs the development of tools and resources for the sector, maintains customer relations and presents on the benefits of a sustainable campus to a range of audiences. Jaime also oversaw the development of USGBC’s most comprehensive higher education strategy guide, Roadmap to a Green Campus and the creation of LEED Lab. Prior to joining USGBC, Jaime worked as a project manager at GreenShape, a sustainable design consulting firm assisting over 30 projects pursuing LEED certification. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia.


Rus Perry

Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED Fellow. After over a decade of co-leading SmithGroupJJR's corporate sustainability efforts, Russell Perry currently is focusing on advocacy for making building materials healthier. He is widely regarded as a thought leader on sustainable practices, helping guide the profession and its clients toward a forward-looking planning approach that views efficient use of resources and careful selection of materials as integral components of quality design. Rus has been an active member of the US Green Building Council since 1994 and helped write LEED for Core and Shell Buildings. Rus serves as a Founding Board Member of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative – an organization committed to the improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency of product ingredients.


Spencer Phillips

Spencer is a natural resource economist with more than 25 years’ experience, including at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as Vice President for Ecology and Economics Research at The Wilderness Society. He founded Key-Log Economics in 2013 to continue helping people, communities, and institutions understand and attain the benefits of improved land stewardship. Spencer’s current research focuses on ecosystem service values – especially as affected by climate change, public land and resource management, and water quality regulation – and on the economic development implications of land stewardship. His B.A. in economics is from the University of Virginia, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics are from Virginia Tech.


Zach Starsia

Zach’s career in solar energy began at HelioSage Energy in the Summer of 2013 assuming the role as Business Development Intern. He then joined the team as a full time Analyst until November 2016, working directly with the VP of Strategy. After a recent acquisition, Zach is now a member of the Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic solar development team. In this role, Zach is in charge of Corporate Origination to help clients reach their corporate sustainability goals through renewable energy purchases. Zach received a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia in 2012.


Tish Tablan

Tish is an environmental sustainability professional who has spent over 15 years working with diverse groups (including schools, communities, nonprofit organizations, startups, and corporations) to understand complex environmental issues and create sustainable solutions. Currently, Tish works as an advisor for The Solar Energy Foundation. She primarily collaborates with the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to implement measures that will reduce the barriers to solar energy and provide recommendations regarding best practices to encourage installations of rooftop solar systems. She graduated from UVA in 1999 before earning two graduate degrees, one from Loyola Maryland in Secondary Education and another from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Science and Policy.



Kristen Spaulding Rabourdin has spent over 25 years concentrating on marketing, communications and community engagement with a strong focus in the food industry. Currently with Whole Foods Market as a Mid-Atlantic Region Field Marketing Team Leader, she believes in the advancement of food innovation and the creation of a sustainable, healthy and accessible food system. She has been included as a presenter for the i.Lab, the Center for Global Initiatives, and the Executive Education program at the Darden School of Business at UVA. She serves as an advisor with the Community Investment Collaborative and is a member of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.


Alicia Zatcoff

Alicia Zatcoff is an intrapreneur with over fifteen years of experience achieving positive change in local government and communities. In her current position as the Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond, she developed and leads the City’s Sustainability and Energy Management Program. The Sustainability Program focuses on making the community more livable, more competitive, and more resilient. The Energy Management Program focuses on improving the economic and environmental performance of city government operations. Under Alicia’s leadership, the City of Richmond has won numerous awards for its sustainability efforts including the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award, First Place Winner, Large City and the Gold Medal, Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Alicia has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and she is a LEED AP