Green Infrastructure Outreach Coordinator, Lake Champlain Sea Grant

I am a green infrastructure outreach professional with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program and a lecturer in Environmental Sciences at RSENR. As a green infrastructure outreach professional, part of my role is to facilitate the use of water quality strategies based on those in the natural world.  Some examples of these green and natural community assets include forests, wetlands, riparian areas, and the engineered ecosystems used in the built environment designed to reduce stormwater nutrient loads and manage flows. 

Prior to UVM, I coordinated statewide healthy housing programs at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board for five years.  My work there included the research and piloting of new techniques for weatherizing attics that contained asbestos, and the rehabilitation of an early 19th century multi-family building in Montpelier, Vermont that had been experiencing moisture problems.  During that period I was trained as a Passive House consultant and taught (and continue to teach) courses on building science for high performance and green buildings.

I’ve worked in Kenya and South Sudan for six and a half years on natural resources, infrastructure, and education programs.  For another five years, I managed $65M in USAID technical assistance contracts for complex international development projects worldwide while at Tetra Tech (formerly ARD) based in Burlington, Vermont. I speak Swahili and welcome opportunities to converse!

The years immediately before and after graduate school were immersed in two distinct but complimentary tracts:  ecological design and walkable communities. 

While a graduate teaching assistant in ecological design at RSENR, I coordinated tours at the South Burlington Living Machine (ecological wastewater treatment) and managed the Intervale Living Machine (aquaculture and hydroponics).  This work evolved into being the Education Coordinator at Ocean Arks International for five years, where I brought educational ecosystems and curricula into K-12 schools and colleges around the country.  I also lectured and taught workshops at the University of Hawai’i, the Rhode Island School of Design, Berea College, and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

Relative to walkable communities, my graduate research on the patterns and policies of sprawl helped shape Vermont Agency of Transportation’s first Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design Guide. I was also a founding member and Board President of Local Motion in Burlington for the first five years. 

 

Instructional Program

Environmental Sciences

Marc Companion

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ecological design, environmental education, low impact development, green buildings, and international development

Education

  • M.S. Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont, 2000
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Michigan State University, 1987

Contact

Office Location:

Aiken Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 705 Spear Street, South Burlington, VT

Courses Taught

ENSC 295  Green Buildings – the Science and Practice
NR 285  The Design of Living Technologies