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Melanie Elliott

Sustainable Carolina


Melanie Elliott is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Her academic focus was the physics of renewable energy systems, and her research involved a case study on the use of energy storage for the electrical grid in North Carolina. Her paper explores the potential grid stability and consequent greenhouse gas emissions reduction resulting from utilizing a fully electrified school bus fleet as energy storage.

She now works as the sustainability analyst for Sustainable Carolina where her professional focus is data analysis for sustainable systems on campus. Her work includes conducting the greenhouse gas inventory for campus, monitoring progress on the University’s Climate Action Plan and managing the Champion Sustainability Fund to support energy efficiency projects. She enjoys working with interns, capstones and the Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RESPC). She is also involved in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within IE.


B.S., Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, 2021