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 and has also served as assistant project manager and assistant LEED certification manager for a construction company in Charlotte, NC.
She 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. Ms. Durr served as a graduate assistant for the South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI) while attending USC. She 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 has served on the Board of the South Carolina Chapter of the USGBC.
Jessica Bilecki, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Jessica began working at Elon in January of 2013. She is responsible for developing and implementing programs to increase the practice of sustainable behaviors and enhance awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Towson University in MD, Ms. Bilecki began working at Antioch College’s Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center and helped found and operate a small CSA farm. She continued teaching and farming at Olney Friends School until she attended Ohio University (OU) to complete her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies.
While at OU, Jessica was a graduate assistant in the Office of Sustainability, and in the summer of 2012 held a joint fellowship with the Center for Environment and Population and the Yale Office of Sustainability where she helped manage Yale’s Office of Sustainability website and headed efforts to edit and market their sustainability pledge. Jessica is also a board member for the Kossoye Development Project, which works in partnership with the University of Gondor to increase nutrition through the promotion of household gardening in Ethiopia.