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 Program Manager
Elizabeth Westfall is the 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.
Charlie Allen, Associate Program Manager
Charlie Allen is the Associate Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability. He is responsible for working with faculty and staff to help increase awareness of sustainability on campus, and also for education and outreach to the Notre Dame community.
He arrived at Notre Dame from his hometown of Pensacola, Florida where he taught High School Physical Sciences. Charlie served in the United States Marine Corps as an artillery radar operator based in Camp Pendleton, California. After leaving the Marines, he attended college receiving a Bachelors in History from the University of West Florida. Afterward, he accepted an AmeriCorps position in Los Angeles, ready to respond to local and national disasters at a moment’s notice. He responded to immense tornado damage in Alabama and extensive flooding in North Dakota. Charlie was promoted to Disaster Program Manager with the Red Cross, responsible for a territory that spanned 12 counties and two Native American Reservations in North Dakota.
He attended graduate school at the University of Denver, earning a Masters of Applied Science in Energy and Sustainability. He is motivated by confronting and resolving issues concerning sustainability and our environment to prevent disasters like those he responded to.
Donnetta McClellan, Project Coordinator
Donnetta McClellan recently joined the Office of Sustainability as Project Coordinator. She is responsible for the social media presence of the office, including its website. You will see her byline on many articles highlighting sustainability efforts and programs on campus. She comes to the office with a wealth of expertise about Notre Dame after spending the past year as officer assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. The four years prior she supported the many groups that comprise Campus Services. Donnetta also has five years’ experience with Athletics, providing travel, event management, and communication assistance.
After beginning her educational career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Donnetta completed her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration from Ivy Tech through the Notre Dame Learning at Work program.