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Rob Whittier

Rob Whittier, Director of Sustainability

Rob Whittier is responsible for leading the University’s strategic approach to sustainability in operations, curriculum, and student and community engagement. Prior to joining Northwestern University as the Director of Sustainability, Rob was a leader within Deloitte Consulting’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice where he provided advisory services to clients in the areas of sustainably strategy, alternative energy and cleantech, greenhouse gas management and water, and waste and resource management. Before joining Deloitte, Robert was a Director with General Electric’s ecomagination initiative and worked in GE Energy with a focus on alternative energy.

Robert completed his MBA at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Strategy and Sustainability. He is Lean Six Sigma certified and is a LEED Accredited Professional with the USGBC and he sits on the board of Directors of the Delta Institute – a Chicago-based organization focused on the policy and practice of sustainable development and environmental stewardship in the Great Lakes region.

Julie Cahillane

Julie Cahillane, Manager of Sustainability and Resource Management

Since 1994 Julie Cahillane has been with Northwestern University where she manages sustainability programs and resource management operations for the University. Her position entails contract management, program development, and education. She is a LEED AP and attempts to steer Northwestern in ‘green’ directions including serving as a founding member of the NU Sustainability Working Group.

Prior to working for Northwestern, Julie worked as an education coordinator for CRInc., a recycling company. In this role, she researched and designed solid waste education programs addressing waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement. Julie was recycling coordinator for the State of Illinois from 1991 to 1993. In this position, Julie was responsible for the State's statewide office recycling program. She was appointed to the State of Illinois Task Force on Developing Markets for Recyclable Materials.

Stephanie Folk

Stephanie Folk, Sustainability Communications Manager

Stephanie Folk joined the Office of Sustainability on October, 2015. She is responsible for developing communications strategies and leading campaigns to engage students, faculty, and staff in efforts to make Northwestern a leader in sustainability.

Before coming to Northwestern, Stephanie served as the communications and marketing manager at Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting smarter energy use for all. In her role at Elevate, she was responsible for leading marketing campaigns aimed at enrolling households and building owners in energy efficiency programs. She also worked with Ameren Illinois and ComEd to introduce new hourly electricity pricing programs that allow households to reduce their bills by shifting electricity use to off-peak hours. Previously, Stephanie worked at Brookfield Zoo as the media and public relations representative for the Chicago Wilderness consortium, and at Shedd Aquarium as an educator. She has a master’s degree in life science communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in theatre and performance studies from Northwestern’s School of Communications.