Elyse Bilardo

Regional Network: 
Chesapeake Regional Network
Class Year: 
2016
Position: 
Regulatory Action Leader
Organization: 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Location: 
Arlington, VA

Elyse grew up in Aston, PA and moved to Washington, DC in 2013 to participate in a research program through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Elyse works with the EPA’s Urban Waters program and helps local organizations restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. Her main responsibilities include co-leading the Urban Waters Small Grants program and providing tools and resources to local practitioners working across the country. On-the- ground efforts include stormwater management, green infrastructure planning, water quality monitoring, youth engagement, and citizen science. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Elyse spent a year in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps, Energy Corps member. There she worked with the non-profit organization, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), focused on helping PA schools be more energy efficient. At KEEA, Elyse worked with the then recently retired consumer advocate of PA to meet with major utility companies, school facility managers and energy experts to learn all aspects of energy usage in schools and ways to save. She worked with the KEEA Energy Education Fund (KEEF), the sister organization to KEEA, to release "Moving to the Head of Class: An Energy Efficiency Resource Guide for Pennsylvania Schools" This guide helps schools to start benchmarking energy consumption, operate facilities more efficiently, and ultimately, redirect money from energy bills to the primary mission of schools: education. 

Elyse earned her BA in Geography and Environmental Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a MS in Environmental Policy from Drexel University. She played Division 1 NCAA soccer at both UMBC and Drexel University, and continues to play today in co-ed leagues on the National Mall.