Linda Kurtos appointed director of sustainability at Notre Dame

by Michael O. Garvey

Office of Sustainability The Office of Sustainability

Linda P. Kurtos, environmental lawyer and adjunct professor in climate change at Northwestern University, has been appointed director of sustainability at the University of Notre Dame, effective Nov. 19.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Linda Kurtos’ experience and success as a lawyer, teacher and adviser in the fields of environment, regulation, energy and business in this important position,” said Sarah Misener, associate vice president of campus services. “Her appointment should strengthen Notre Dame’s commitment to sustainability and the ability of future generations of students, faculty and staff to live the mission of the University."

A 1988 graduate of Michigan State University, Kurtos earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1991. She also earned a master of science degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009.

From 1991 to 2006, when she began her own practice, Kurtos served in the Chicago law firms Seyfarth Shaw, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal; and Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg. Before joining the Northwestern faculty in 2010, she worked at the Environmental Law and Policy Center on federal, state and regional sustainability policies including the City of Chicago Climate Action Plan. Since 2006 she has specialized in environmental law and energy and sustainability practices and policies.

In her new position, Kurtos will oversee the implementation of Notre Dame’s University Sustainability Strategy, which focuses on energy and water conservation, waste disposal, recycling and increased awareness.