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  • Assistant Vice President, Campus Energy and Sustainability

Biography

Meghan leads the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Oberlin College and focuses on strategic development and implementation of the College’s energy management and sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs. Collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and community partners, Meghan utilizes her technical energy engineering expertise, together with her background in planning and facilitation to foster a culture of good environmental stewardship to help create the most vibrant, healthy, and sustainable College for all to learn, teach, work, play, and enjoy.

Specifically, she is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to sharply reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions at the College. Her work involves review of new, more efficient system designs for compliance with best engineering practices, consistency with the College’s commitment to carbon neutrality, and conformance with the College’s standards for capital projects. Meghan is a key member of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability and she supports and serves on the planning group for the Oberlin Project.

Prior to joining Oberlin College in January 2014, Meghan was the Director of Sustainability for the Medical Center Company, a non-profit district energy system serving thermal energy and power to the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Meghan is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional. She earned a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Meghan enjoys being outside and can often be seen biking, snowshoeing, golfing, and hiking. She loves spending time with her family and friends and often drags them along to explore new places and good restaurants that feature local foods. Although Meghan lacks the green thumb that has blessed her family for generations, she continues to strive for a bountiful home garden each year.

Notes

  • Meghan Riesterer Selected as Panelist

    January 27, 2015

    Meghan Riesterer, assistant vice president of energy management and sustainability, has been selected as a panelist for the opening panel of the upcoming International District Association's Campus Energy Conference. The panel, "Clean Energy for the Next Generation," will discuss emerging trends in clean energy deployment and optimization on campuses and communities in the context of a rapidly-changing utility and energy marketplace.