Linda Kurtos, Director of Sustainability
Linda Kurtos is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Notre Dame. She and her team of sustainability professionals and student interns partner with the extended Notre Dame community to help inform and create a more sustainable university environment. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Linda worked in a number of sustainability policy and education areas. After receiving a Master of Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, she instructed on climate change policy at Northwestern University and helped shape the City of Chicago Climate Action Plan with the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
A 1988 graduate of Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College, Linda continued on to earn a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1991, where she served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. As a litigator, she managed a large case load focused on state and federal environmental, energy, toxic tort, and business matters and prepared written presentations to the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Linda is a LEED Green Associate and is certified in GRI Sustainability Reporting.
Elizabeth Westfall, Senior Project Manager
Elizabeth Westfall is a Senior Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability. She joined Notre Dame in 2014 from the University of Illinois where she taught high school science and engineering. Elizabeth began her engineering career in manufacturing, assuming environmental responsibilities as regulations were enacted. She managed a $10 million Superfund site clean up in Louisiana and has experience in water, wastewater, and solid waste. As an economist in the oil and gas industry, she participated in bid round negotiations for drilling rights in Venezuela.
Elizabeth's formal education includes an MBA in International Business from the University of Chicago, a Professional Engineering license, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.