Julie Whitaker, Energy and Sustainability Coordinator

Julie is the Energy and Sustainability Coordinator at the Office of Sustainability under Facilities Management. Julie is responsible for coordinating the energy management program and the Office of Sustainability as well as cultivating and enhancing sustainability on campus. Some of her initiatives have been Earth Day, recycling and energy competitions, and the Tree Campus USA program. Julie also leads on identifying potential energy conservation projects to help conserve University resources. Julie’s favorite aspects of her job are how every day is different and that her involvement in numerous initiatives and projects help the university and environment.
Julie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Human and Environmental Systems and a Minor in Environmental Health Sciences from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Jess Keller – Community Sustainability Intern, Environmental Engineering Class of 2023

Jess has been working with the Office of Sustainability since October 2019 and is studying environmental engineering and environmental science. Jess helps with educational outreach events and sustainability initiatives for the Valparaiso University community. Her favorite part of her internship is being able to empower students to make better choices towards a sustainable lifestyle and to understand that no person is too small to make an impact.


Abraham Cervantes Diaz- Energy Audit Intern, Mechanical Engineering Class of 2021

Abraham is an international student from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. His interest in engineering began back home when he was in school obtaining his degree as a technologist in automatic control and instrumentation of industrial processes.
Abraham started working with the Energy Management team in spring. As an energy audit intern, Abraham maintains and compiles an inventory of the lighting, HVAC systems, and controls of a building. Abraham’s favorite part of his job is the hands-on experience and knowledge acquired when working with the Facilities Management team.


Mick Thomas – Energy Audit Intern, Mechanical Engineering Class of 2021

Mick Thomas began working with the Energy Management team during the fall of 2018. As an energy intern, Mick works to take inventory on building systems and electrical usage and helps determine the best methods to implement energy savings in the building. Mick is in charge of the HVAC inventory for campus buildings that includes data for air handlers, pumps, chillers, chillers, and boilers.


Shannon Ilg – Energy Audit Intern, Mechanical Engineering Class of 2020

Shannon has been working with the Energy Management team since May 2018. Shannon works to record current energy data on campus and recommend updates that increase energy sustainability across campus. Shannon works on setting up and executing a campus-wide competition to inspire energy efficiency amongst Valpo students. The most rewarding part of the internship for her is being able to see the projects that once were propositions on paper become implemented across campus despite the bumps along the way. Shannon also studied abroad in Germany in fall 2018.