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Julie Cahillane

Julie Cahillane

Associate Director, Sustainability

Julie Cahillane has been with Northwestern University since 1994. Julie supports the development and implementation of Northwestern's Strategic Sustainability Plan (SSP) and serves as co-chair to the Resource Conservation Working Group. She began her career at Northwestern as the Recycling Coordinator and continued to expand environmental efforts across the institution before the creation of Northwestern's sustainNU program.

Previously, Julie worked as an education coordinator for CRInc, a recycling company. She designed solid waste education programs addressing waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement. Julie also served as Recycling Coordinator for the State of Illinois. In the position, she was responsible for the statewide office recycling program. She was appointed to the State of Illinois Task Force on Developing Markets for Recyclable Materials. Julie began her career in media relations, working in the Press Office of both the Illinois Governor and Secretary of State.

Under Julie’s guidance, Northwestern's recycling efforts have been recognized with awards from the Illinois Recycling Association, the IL Governor’s Pollution Prevention Awards, and the American Forest and Paper Association. Her interest in sustainability stems from an inherent sense of respect for the natural world and a desire to maintain balance and appreciation for all living things.

When she is not focusing on sustainability, she volunteers her time working with a no-kill, dog rescue organization in Chicago.

Maggie Olson

Maggie Olson

Communications & Engagement Assistant

Maggie joined sustainNU in January 2018. She manages social media, writes for the quarterly newsletter and coordinates engagement events at sustainNU. Maggie is a third-year undergraduate majoring in communication studies with a minor in gender studies.

She is from Knoxville, TN and enjoys casual hikes in the Smoky Mountains. At Northwestern, she is the president of Rainbow Alliance and previously lived in the GREEN House residential community. She can be found putting recycling bin labels on old bins all over campus and chatting about recycling with anyone interested. In her free time she enjoys playing guitar and board games.

Maria Elena Perez

Maria Elena Perez

Intern, Special Projects

Maria joined sustainNU in July 2018. She works on a variety of projects in the built environment and resource conservation areas. Maria is currently a master’s student in mechanical engineering with a focus on energy and sustainability. She recently completed her B.S. in mechanical engineering with a minor in Economics at Northwestern.

She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, but now calls Panama City, Panama, her home. In her free time she enjoys watching documentaries, baking desserts, and taking photographs. At Northwestern, she is involved with Engineers Without Borders, where she served as the chapter president during her senior year.

Kevin Hautzinger

Kevin Hautzinger

Energy Assistant

Kevin joined sustainNU in February of 2019. He supports tracking and reporting of campus energy use data. Kevin is currently a third-year undergraduate majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering.

He is from Lincolnshire, IL and enjoys hiking and fishing. On campus, he is involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers where he is a member of the Social Outreach committee. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with friends and spending time with family.
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