Sarah Vondracek

Sarah Vondracek

Career Interests

Energy efficiency, utility business models, electric power markets, electric policy and regulation, integrated resource planning, energy procurement, renewable development
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Energy & Environment Concentration
Activities: Energy Week Marketing Committee Member, Energy Club Member, Nicholas School Student Council Events Coordinator
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2013
Non-Degree Student
13 credit hours of additional coursework in statistical analysis, physics and chemistry
Bachelor of Arts, May 2013
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Major(s): Biology; Environmental Studies
Honors & Awards: Departmental Honors in Biology, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence (S2011, F2011, S2012, F2012, & S2013)

Professional Experience

Education Assistant, Energy Initiative, Duke University, Durham, NC
Developed learning opportunities related to energy industry and potential job opportunities for current graduate and undergraduate Duke students to increase engagement in the Energy Initiative. Marketed energy programs on campus to students and engaged with Duke alumni through events to create a community for discussions about the energy industry. September 2017 – Present
Environmental Specialist, NRG Energy, Canonsburg, PA
Managed federal, state, and local environmental compliance programs for over 20 NRG operated generating stations in America for all applicable requirements reducing the number of non-compliances in assigned program areas. Led spill prevention and oil storage task force of 15 people that identified weaknesses in the company’s program and addressed each opportunity for improvement through guidance document creations with best management practices. Identified the impacts to stations’ environmental programs of upcoming regulatory changes and formulated actions plans to address state and federal final rules and regulations, preparing the group of impacted stations. Managed relationships with regulators from federal and state levels to ensure correct interpretation of regulation.  Completed additional studies, data collection, and analysis of data for air emissions permit and wastewater discharge permit renewal applications for 3 stations to ensure new permits were accurate and compliable. February 2015 – August 2017
Sustainable Food and Dining Services Intern, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Organized and hosted a farm-to-fork local food event in the dining hall for all Colgate students and a TEDx Manhattan viewing party to inform and involve students in the benefits of eating locally. Designed and distributed posters and brochures throughout the campus that communicated the importance of eating local and various Colgate sustainable dining initiatives. September 2012 – May 2013
Student Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Chemically analyzed nutrient composition and statistically assessed species composition of collected foliar litter from Adirondacks, NY and Costa Rica to determine the effect of nutrient deposition on ecosystem processes. Trained new student research assistants by educating them on procedures and general lab safety protocols. August 2010 – May 2013  
Summer Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Established a timeline for the research and managed the workload to meet submission goals. Exhibited the benefits and flaws of liming in the Adirondacks in a presentation of compiled background information and field-collected ecological data that was accessible to all levels of biological knowledge at Upstate NY Undergraduate Research Conference. Determined the variable level of success of liming mitigation strategy and compiled research into a comprehensive scientific written report and academic poster. May 2011– August 2012

Additional Information

Activities: Energy Week Marketing Committee Member, Energy Club Member, Nicholas School Student Council Events Coordinator

Skills: Microsoft Excel for Energy Modeling of Power Markets; Microsoft Excel for Data Organization, Statistical Analysis, and Data Visualization; SPSS, JMP, SigmaPlot, and R for Database Analysis; Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; ESRI GIS for Spatial or Geographic Data Analysis and Visualization

Regulatory Expertise: Water: NPDES; Oil/Chemical Storage: SPCC, RMP Air: Title V; Hazardous Materials and Waste: EPCRA, CERCLA, RCRA; and IL, OH, PA, and WV environmental state, county, and local regulations and guidelines


cost-benefit analysis
energy efficiency
environmental compliance
excel modeling
project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Federal Government
Research Institute / Think Tank