Gary Hawley retired as an Environmental Sciences and Forestry faculty member in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is also a member of the Williston, Vermont Conservation Commission. Gary's research interests include assessments of forest genetics and physiological responses of trees to environmental stresses such as climate change and anthropogenic pollution. He has been involved in several American chestnut research projects including cold tolerance assessments, evaluation of the growth of multiple seed sources, and performance of blight resistant hybrids relative to other forest tree species in collaboration with the The American Chestnut Foundation and US Forest Service.
Gary also directed many of the activities surrounding the green renovation of the Aiken Center and other Rubenstein School buildings. This nearly 20-year process included teaching a yearly course, “The Greening of Rubenstein Interns,” that has guided students through many aspects of energy efficiency upgrades and is currently pushing ahead to Net Zero Energy for these buildings.