Emma Burns

Manager, Buildings


As a Buildings Manager on the Impact team, Emma coaches project teams towards meeting ILFI’s certification standards, including The Living Building Challenge, Zero Carbon, and Zero Energy.

Emma graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Management and Policy, and went on to receive her Master’s in Freshwater Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

While working towards her Master’s, Emma worked as a research analyst studying the effects of pharmaceuticals on the aquatic ecology of Lake Michigan. She also worked as a research analyst for The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission focusing on lake and watershed management.

Emma has also worked in environmental planning and natural resource consulting for Stantec Consulting, where she gained experience in restoration ecology, stormwater management, and engineering. She also led the due diligence, permitting, and project coordination of over 25 solar development projects.

In her spare time, Emma likes to play ping pong, hike, and swim.