Our Team

Sustainabililty Office Team

Anna Borgerding

Anna Borgerding

Anna serves as Director of Operational Excellence and Sustainability, providing leadership to ensure the integration of sustainable practices across the University. Anna oversees the implementation of UMB’s Sustainability Master Plan and business process improvements within Facilities and Operations. Anna enjoys bringing people and processes together to implement projects that solve real-world sustainability challenges. Anna served on the UMB Sustainability Committee for five years prior to the creation of the office in 2021, and in prior roles implemented sustainability initiatives including the first food composting program on campus. Ask me about: business process improvement, change management, composting, and energy reduction.

Elizabeth Main

Elizabeth Main

Elizabeth joined UMB in September 2021 as the Associate Director for Sustainability. In this role, she helps to develop and implement a wide range of strategic Universitywide sustainability programs focused on the topics of energy, water, waste, transportation, and procurement. Elizabeth came to UMB from the University of Pennsylvania's sustainability team, where she managed sustainability outreach, engagement, and communications initiatives. While working at Penn, Elizabeth completed her Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the school’s Fels Institute of Government. Elizabeth is originally from central Virginia and holds a BS degree in Environmental Sciences and a BA in Global Studies: Environments + Sustainability from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Elizabeth is a foodie who loves trying new vegetarian-friendly restaurants and is a devoted mother to her many house plants.

Angela Ober

Angela Ober

Angela joined the Sustainability team in August 2021 as the Senior Specialist of Sustainability. Angela has over six years of experience working in the environmental realm focusing on stormwater management, GIS, and sustainability. Her recent experience as an environmental planner at Towson University included revamping its waste minimization and energy webpages and using GIS to create different StoryMaps for education and outreach. Angela also drafted Towson’s stormwater impervious baseline assessment to assist with the university’s annual reporting efforts. Angela has experience working at the Maryland Environmental Service, where she helped streamline the joint permit application process with the Maryland Department of Environment. In 2020, Angela became one of the first 40 Certified Climate Change Professionals in the state of Maryland. When she’s not in the office, you can find her experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, hiking or running on local trails, or practicing yoga (she’ss a certified yoga teacher). She lives in Catonsville with her husband and their three cats that are named after breakfast foods.

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Sustainability Fellow

Kimia Abtahi is a rising fourth year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). She is taking a gap year to work for the Office of Sustainability on multiple projects, from green labs to campus bicycling to environmental service opportunities for students. As a third year medical student, Kimia co-founded the UMSOM chapter of Medical Students for a Sustainable Future and, with others on the executive board, wrote UMSOM's first Planetary Health Report Card, the first in the state of Maryland. The report card evaluates the school and campus’s commitment to planetary health by identifying strengths and areas for improvement in categories such as curriculum, research, and community outreach. Kimia is originally from Clarksville, MD and studied Physiology & Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of sustainability and medicine, Kimia loves staying active by running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and playing ultimate frisbee. She also finds joy in photography projects, friendly chess matches, and traveling.

Lucy Zhao

Lucy Zhao is a dual degree MSW/MPH student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Public Health. Throughout her graduate school experience, Lucy has worked on JHU's Environmental Justice Working Group, co-authored an air pollution evaluation manual for low- and middle-income countries, and founded a new student group, ECO-Social Work in Action, at the SSW. As a sustainability fellow, Lucy will be assisting in various projects such as food waste reduction, policy development, and the creation of an Interprofessional Student Climate Leadership Network. Before joining the UMB community, Lucy served as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Thailand, where she worked with the local public health department and community schools on zero-waste and OneHealth initiatives. Originally from Prior Lake, Minnesota, Lucy spends her time outside of school hiking, traveling, practicing tai chi, and making upcycled art.