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As the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Specialist for General Services’ Division of Sustainability, Michelle enjoys doing research to advance the sustainable practices within our buildings. As technologies evolve, General Services is working to conserve energy, water, and other resources in both new and existing buildings.


Michelle holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and worked as a biomedical engineer for companies on the U.S. East Coast. She wanted to combine her engineering background with her passion for sustainability and returned to Lipscomb University for a Master of Science in Sustainability with a focus on Green Building.

Jake Rachels serves as the Division of Sustainability’s Spring 2018 intern. In this role, he assists current research initiatives through the collection and analysis of data and through the drafting and editing of reports. He draws upon his academic knowledge from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, and his current pursuit of a BBA in Finance with Florida International University. Jake plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the fall and to pursue a career in sustainable urban development thereafter.