Meghan Riesterer

  • Assistant Vice President, Campus Energy and Sustainability


MCP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Meghan Riesterer 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, Riesterer uses her technical energy engineering expertise, together with her background in planning and facilitation to foster a culture of good environmental stewardship. Her goal is 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. Riesterer is a key member of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability. She supports and serves on the planning group for the Oberlin Project.

Prior to joining Oberlin College in January 2014, she 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.

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

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


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.


Winter Term: Butterflies, One of Nature’s Flashiest Pollinators

September 14, 2020

Mary Perchlik adores butterflies. That interest led to her month-long project in August, which combined the study of butterflies on a species level while maintaining a broader focus on environmental systems that support butterflies and their interactions between different plants, insects, and habitats.