Office of Sustainability

Location: Powell 220
Phone: (336) 278-5201


Elaine R. Durr, Director of Sustainability

Elaine has been at Elon since May of 2008, when she was hired as the University's first full-time sustainability professional. She leads the University's sustainability efforts, which have operational and educational components.  

Prior to arriving at Elon, Ms. Durr was a sustainability consultant for a small engineering and consulting firm in Decatur, GA where she managed the certification process for several LEED projects. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with building design and construction specialty (LEED AP BD+C) and has also served as assistant project manager and assistant LEED certification manager for a construction company in Charlotte, NC. 

Ms. Durr received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and biology from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, and has a master’s degree in earth and environmental resources management from the University of South Carolina (USC) School of the Environment. She served as a graduate assistant for the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI) while attending USC. Ms. Durr is a Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) and also has a professional certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership from the Institute for Global Sustainability at the University of Vermont.

She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and currently serves on the AASHE STARS Steering Committee and ISSP Credential Maintenance Committee. She previously served on the Board of the South Carolina Chapter of the USGBC.

Kelly Harer, Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach

Kelly began her journey as a Phoenix in July of 2017. As the Assistant Director of Sustainability for Education and Outreach, she is responsible for developing and implementing programs to increase the practice of sustainable behaviors and enhance awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments throughout the Elon community. She manages the Phoenix Cup competition and the end of year move-out waste reduction program (Don’t Trash It!) among other programs. She also oversees the Eco-Reps, a peer education program, and coordinates the Loy Farm tours. 

Ms. Harer earned her bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina University in business administration and her master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, specializing in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities. Prior to Elon, Kelly served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Coastal Carolina University. She also taught the University’s Introduction to Sustainability class and advised and mentored the ECO-Club.


Samantha DiRosa, Faculty Fellow for Sustainability

Samantha joined Elon in 2007. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Environmental Studies and began in the role of Faculty Fellow for Sustainability in the fall of 2017. In this role she works with faculty and staff to promote academic sustainability programs and infuse sustainability across the curriculum and research initiatives.

Ms. DiRosa was a member of the inaugural group of Sustainability Faculty Scholars, which led to the development of a new foundations art course ‘Time Arts’.  Following this, she received a CATL Scholar Award for an interdisciplinary project - (Un)Common Partnerships for a Common Purpose: Focusing on Art/Science Relationships in the Study of Environmental Art, which resulted in the development of an upper-level studio art course, ‘Eco-Art’.  This course provides activist-oriented and collaborative opportunities for nascent artists and scientists, alongside students from other disciplines, to weave together environmental and social responsibility into the making of art.  Ms. DiRosa has presented and exhibited her work, which explores a range of environmental issues and themes, including the gravity of the Fukushima nuclear accident, food waste issues, and the human/nature relationship, nationally and internationally.

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