Katharan Blofson

Clean Energy Fund Education & Outreach Graduate Assistant

Kate is a Master's student in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at The University of Vermont and an Education and Outreach Fellow with UVM's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy Fund.  She has a BA in English from Yale University, and has worked a variety of jobs from teaching in the Philadelphia schools to sailing the Eastern seaboard.  For the past few years, she has worked with the Prometheus Radio Project to build and advocate for low power community radio stations.  She is captivated by bees, wooden boats, and participatory community media, among other interests.  

Ariana Cano

Eco-Reps Coordinator

Ariana is originally from Caracas Venezuela, she then moved to South Florida where she spent the rest of her time. She attended Florida State University for her undergraduate education where she received a B.S in Political Science and a B.A in English. During her time at FSU she spent most of her extra-curricular time working at the Office of Sustainability where she focused her interest in environmental education. She worked on a bottled water ban campaign on campus, and coordinated a football game-day recycling program. Vermont is Ariana’s first exposure to four seasons, and although the snowy winters seem somewhat intimidating she is looking forward to the fall foliage and her time here at UVM. She will be working with the UVM Office of Sustainability on keeping the momentum going for the “Bye Bye Bottled Water Campaign” as well as aiding Steve and Julie’s leadership on the Eco-Reps program.

Steph Haynes '14

Beverage System Intern

Steph is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Business Administration. Her professional interests include sustainability studies as well as environmental education. She is serving as a Senior Eco-Reps for the Athletic Campus  and as the Beverage System Intern at the Office of Sustainability. The Beverage System Intern helps coordinate efforts to retrofit drinking fountains with water bottle filling and filtering fixtures on campus. A key responsibility for the intern is keeping track of the location of the retrofitted fountains via an Excel database and map. 

Sophia Hoffacker '17

Sustainability Outreach Intern

Sophia is a senior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is from Washington, DC. Sophia has 3 years of experience organizing  the Sierra Student Coalition 's summer environmental leadership program, SPROG, as a trainer and co-director. She recently completed 350.org's Fossil Free Fellowship, which placed her with the Keep VT Tar Sands Free campaign with 350 Vermont this past summer. At UVM, Sophia is a member of the Dewey House for Community Engagement and a leader in Student Climate Culture, the group working to divest UVM's endowment from fossil fuels. In 2015, Sophia was one of 50 students who received the prestigous Udall Scholarship

Daniel Hopkins '13

CEF Summer Media Intern

Danny is a senior Environmental Sciences major with a focus in Environmental Resources.  As part of the public relations and media communications team, he will be responsible for documenting the processes behind both the Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Project and the Equine Center PV installation project.  This documentation will be in the form of multiple short online videos.

Pooja Kanwar

Performance Tracking Graduate Assistant

Tracking UVM's sustainability progress includes completing an annual greenhouse gas inventory, piloting the AASHE STARS system for tracking activiites, coordinating the Campus Sustainability course, and working with students on various Service-learning and senior capstone projects related to sustainability.

Pooja Kanwar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at The University of Vermont, the Performance Tracking Fellow with UVM's Office of Sustainability, and a Gund Instititute of Ecological Economics Graduate Student Fellow.  She holds a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Iowa and an M.S. Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England.  Pooja's research focuses on international water resources management, with her BS and MS work examining  rainwater harvesting and rural water supply issues in India and her current doctoral research investigating a multijurisdictional harbour in New Zealand through ecological risk, governance complexities and  policy values.  Prior to studying at UVM she was living in Western Massachusetts working at the University of Massachusetts with the Water Resources Research Center in Amherst, MA,  coordinating various volunteer water quality monitoring projects throughout the state. 

Matthew Lipke '15

Media Intern

Matt graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM in May 2015. He studied Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Water Resources as well as Film Studies. In his hometown of Syracuse, New York, Matt owns an independent film production company, Lipke Productions, he started a few years back with a group of friends from high school. So far, Matt has produced two feature-length narrative horror films in the Syracuse area, both of which had theatrical premieres. For his senior capstone project, Matt is currently directing an original environmentally themed science fiction action film around Vermont.  At the Office of Sustainability, Matt is using his filmmaking skills and environmental science knowledge to do video editing and documentary work, including a documentary films about the Clean Energy Greenhouse and the PV installation on campus. In the future, Matt hopes to combine his interests in the environment and his passion for filmmaking to become an independent filmmaker, creating both informative documentaries and powerful narrative films. He is currently an intern for a production company in New York City called Sharp Entertainment.

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Roisin Low '16

Sustainability Intern

Roisin is a Senior Environmental Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences, double minoring in Biology and Global Studies. Originally from Australia, Roisin spent this past summer as a research assistant for Operation Wallacea in Sulawesi, Indonesia working as part of the herpetology and marine team. For the past year Roisin has been a part of one of UVM's newspapers The Cynic as a photojournalist. She has worked as a research intern for Food Tank, an organization that highlights environmentally and socially sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty through their website, research, and publications. During Summer 2015, she was a Research intern for the Nature Conservancy, focusing on urban ecology and integrating her internship experience into a capstone experience at UVM.

Roisin has worked for the Office of Sustainability since Spring 2015, doing outreach for the CEF and organizing field trips for the CEF sponsored Energy Action Seminar in Fall 2015 as well as gathering information for the CEF review. She currently is serving as a Sustainability intern in the Office, working on communication pieces on UVM's sustainability commitments and co-organizing a student summit for Spring 2016.

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David Manago '13

Davis Center Eco-Rep

David Manago served as an Eco-Rep for the past 2 years and a Davis Center Eco-Rep during his senior year.  He majored in Environmental Studies while minoring in Business. Currently, he works at Google as an Associate Account Strategist. Vermont Quarterly article on David.

Charles Martin '16

Sustainability Intern

Charlie is currently a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability Studies and a minor in Psychology. Currently, Charlie is developing a video on UVM's Gold ranking by AASHE STARS and sustainability efforts at all levels of functioning of the University. He is also working on creating an interactive sustainability map that will give a clear visual layout of all of UVM's sustainability initiatives. Apart from his studies and time at the Office of Sustainability, Charlie is also a student intern at the UVM Foundation as well as President of the UVM Hit Paws A Capella group. He was born in Albany, NY and raised in Delmar, NY before moving to Vermont.

Patrick Mathon '16

Sustainability Communications & Outreach Intern

Patrick is currently a senior in the Grossman School of Business concentrating in Finance and Sustainable Business.  Originally from Southborough, MA, Patrick spent his summer working for General Electric Power as a Financial Management Program Intern. In Fall 2015, Patrick worked as an Internal Audit Intern for Keurig Green Mountain, and during Summer 2014, he worked at Dunkin' Brands as a Corporate Social Responsibility Intern.

Patrick has worked for the Office of Sustainability since Fall 2013. He has done outreach for the Clean Energy Fund- tabling, presenting in classes, blogging, developing the concept for an overview video, and conducting a financial analysis of a CEF photovoltaic installation. Currently, Patrick serves as a Sustainability Intern, assisting the Office with the implementation of STARS 2.1.

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Anastassia Medvedeva '16

Sustainability Communications Intern

Ana is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is studying Public Communications with a minor in Nutrition. Originally from Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, Ana spent her summer interning for the Metro DC Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she designed content for the monthly newsletter. She is a member of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement and currently works at Chatty Cats, where she reaches out to alumni and parents to raise funds that make it possible for students to continue attending UVM. In addition, Ana volunteers at the Humane Society; starting out at the Montgomery County Humane Society, she is transitioning to the Humane Society in Chittenden, VT for the academic year. Currently, Ana is focusing on creating a mini-series of videos and infographic brochures based on the Green Living Guide.

Julie Nash

Education and Outreach Graduate Assistant & Coordinator of UVM Eco-Reps Program

Julie teaches the Social Marketing for Sustainability Class and co-coordinates the UVM Eco-Reps Program. Through her work at the Office of Sustainability, Julie’s introduces students to the principles and techniques of social marketing for campus sustainability. Social marketing focuses on influencing individual behaviors by using commercial marketing principles to deliver a benefit to society. Understanding how to craft persuasive campaigns is a critical skill for those hoping to change sustainability behaviors. In both roles, Julie works with UVM students to design and implement their own sustainability behavior-change campaigns. Prior to starting at UVM, Julie spent most of her career at international consumer products companies, working in various management capacities in brand marketing, strategic planning, and corporate finance. Most recently, Julie managed global innovation and new product development at Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington Vermont.

Mieko Ozeki

Former Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Currently, Mieko is the Program & Marketing Director at Yestermorrow Design/Build School, which she joined in April 2016. She worked at UVM’s Office of Sustainability from 2008-2016, after working for The Food Project, a sustainable agriculture non-profit organization, and Boston Day & Evening Academy, a charter high school. During her tenure, her responsibilities in the office include coordination of the department’s operations, project management, and administering the Clean Energy Fund. (For information on the Sustainability Projects Coordinator role, click on the original job posting). 

She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and minor in Studio Art and Honors Program from SUNY Geneseo (2001).  Mieko was a teaching fellow from 2001-2002 at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, a residential high school in Estes Park, CO. She earned a M.S. in Environmental Education from the Audubon Expedition Institute at Lesley University (2004), where she studied and traveled in the Pacific Northwest, Big Island of Hawai’i, and the Atlantic Coast bioregions. During her final semester, she completed a curriculum development internship at the Urban Ecology Institute.

Mieko earned a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University Extension School (2011). She concluded her studies with a capstone project on best practices for implementing and managing campus student green funds.  Mieko is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and Mentor for Wild Gift, a social entrepreneur fellowship program.

She wrote an article for AASHE's 2011 Review, "A Deeper Look: The Role of Green Funds on Campuses" and has presented at numerous conferences on green funds, sustainability project management, green careers, smart grid, and renewable energy implementation. Mieko co-authored AASHE's How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation with colleagues from the Campus Green Fund Collaborative. Mieko served as a steering member on AASHE's Conference Steering Committee, is a member of the ACUPCC's Implementation Liaison Support Committee, and recently became a member of AASHE's Education & Professional Development Steering Committee.

Mieko was an outdoor educator and kayak guide, trained through Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She lives in Burlington with her husband Josh, where they paddle in their hand built wooden Greenland style sea kayaks as well as rowing, hiking, rock climbing, and skiing in the region.

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Elizabeth Palchak

Socially Responsible Investing Graduate Assistant

Supporting UVM's active role in managing its endowment responsibly includes research and outreach to the UVM community. Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is a growing field, and one that UVM has embraced since the early 1980's. Before landing in Vermont, Elizabeth was a faculty member in Teton Science Schools' Graduate Program in Jackson, Wyoming. During five years at TSS, she created and taught a track in Sustainability Studies with a focus on social-ecological systems and systems thinking. She was named Teton Science Schools' first Sustainability Coordinator and led a sustainability audit of the school using a modified version of the AASHE STARS framework. She also directed the completion of the school's first sustainability report. Prior to Jackson Hole, Elizabeth taught as an adjunct professor of Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire and led NOLS courses in the Rocky Mountains. She loves trail running and backcountry skiing and exploring Vermont's green mountains. Elizabeth is pursuing a PhD in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources and is interested in the role of markets in fostering renewable energy development.

Steve Posner

Sustainability Fellow and Eco-Reps Program Coordinator

Steve coordinates the UVM Eco-Reps Program. He trains student leaders to promote sustainable practices at the university and encourage environmentally responsible behaviors among peers. He also provides analysis and support for institutional energy decisions, and was an Energy Education Fellow in 2009-2010 as part of a Rocky Mountain Institute initiative. Steve has taught courses in Campus Sustainability, Environmentally Responsible Behavior, and Campus Sustainability Leadership. He has a B.S. in physics and astronomy from Haverford College, studied science education at Stanford University, and has an M.S. in natural resources from the University of Vermont, where he conducts PhD research through the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics on sustainability and the value of natural capital.

Colin Rugg '18

Sustainability Videography Intern

Colin is currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and is studying Social Sciences. He was born in Billerica, Massachussetts, and attended Billerica Memorial High School before coming to UVM. Here, he is involved with the Vermont Cynic, and is enrolled in ISSP, the Integrated Social Sciences Program. Colin loves the outdoors, music, art and film, and is an Eagle Scout. Aong with this, he has made several short films and documentaries, one of which has won second place at Salem Student Film festival, which accepted applications from all over Massachussetts.

Richard Smith III '13

CEF Summer Intern

Rich is a senior Electrical Engineering major with a minor in Plant Biology. He is a summer Clean Energy Fund intern and part of the technical team of the Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study. His internship involves surveying the University of Vermont's energy potential for various forms of renewable energy technologies.  Rich will be writing site reports for various campus locations as well as reporting on project to the university community.

Lisa Watts Natkin

Curriculum & Community Connections Graduate Assistant

Lisa Watts Natkin is working towards an Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a research focus on sustainability leadership and program evaluation.  She is the curiculum and community connections graduate assistant.  She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Psychology from The University of Vermont and a M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch New England University.  After college, she worked as a field instructor for the Appalachian Mountain Club, as a naturalist for the National Forest Service and as a ski instructor for several ski resorts.  During her masters, she taught the “Introduction to Environmental Studies” undergraduate course at Keene State College and conducted evaluation research at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, IL.  Upon completion of her masters, Lisa was offered the Youth Program Coordinator position at the Teton Science Schools, where she managed residential environmental education programs.  She was promoted to the Adult, Family and Community Event Program Coordinator, organizing conferences and events, in addition to coordinating educational programs.  Most recently, Lisa was the Co-Education Director at the Children’s Learning Center in Jackson, WY; running nine classrooms in two early education centers.  These experiences ignited her passion for sustainability education and leadership.   She is interested in integrating sustainability principles into curriculum and evaluating its effectiveness.  Lisa lives in Hinesburg, VT with her husband Jon and dog Mango. 

Adisun Wheelock '15

CEF Intern- UVM Central Heating Plant PV System

Adisun is currently in his junior year of study through the College of Engineering and Mathematics at UVM. He received his Associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology through Vermont Tech and is now pursuing his Electrical Engineering degree at UVM with thoughts of minoring in both Computer Science and Mathematics. A native Vermonter, Adisun enjoys learning about advancements in the field of clean energy, and participating in such projects with hopes to one day be apart of a larger scale project. As the Clean Energy Fund intern, Adisun’s role is to document the installation of the new and retrofitted PV panels being installed on the rooftop of the Central Heating Plant and to post blogs describing the advancement of the project. Outside of class, he enjoys learning and designing with his Arduino board, hiking, and staying physically fit.


Ed Whitehead '14

CEF Outreach Intern

Ed graduated from UVM in Fall 2014. He attended the Rubenstein School of  Natural Resources, concentrating in policy and development. Ed has garnered a unique perspective on environmental issues, taken time to study physiology and anatomy, and how various chemical agents affect the health of humans and of ecosystems. Ed has also had the pleasure of working alongside VPIRG, assisting them in cultivating materials for the newly enstated Toxic-Free Families act for the Vermont Department of health. in his last semester at UVM, Ed is putting his creative skills to work, creating an interactive tour of the Clean Energy Fund Projects via Parkour, the French discipline of movement and urban acrobatics.

James Wilcox

2010-2011 CEF Education and Outreach Fellow

James Wilcox was a former Ph.D student in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at The University of Vermont and an Education and Outreach Fellow with UVM's Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy Fund. He holds a B.A. in English and a Master's of Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an M.A. in Media and Urban Studies from The New School in New York City. James has worked at Parsons the New School for Design, consulted for The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, chaired and presented at the Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference at The New School, and taught sustainable design to Parsons undergraduates. His interests include ecological thought and culture, DIY participatory media, and design and social innovation for sustainability. 

James has completed his doctoral dissertation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and in 2015, he took a position as Assistant Project Manager to Senior Project Manager - Energy Analysis at NYSERDA. 

Aaron Witham

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Aaron was the former Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Office from 2015-2016. Currently, he is the Assistant Director for Sustainable Programs at the University of Southern Maine. He holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute at U.V.M. As a Transportation Research Scholar at UVM’s Transportation Research Center and a Gund Student Fellow, Aaron focused his research on alternative economic approaches, sustainable transportation, energy issues, and climate change. He also holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and studied environmental science for two years at Unity College. His career experience includes serving as the Director of Sustainability at Green Mountain College, Managing Director of the Center for Environmental Education in Maine and the Interim Sustainability Coordinator of Unity College.

Aaron’s environmental ethic grew out of his family’s dependence on the land in rural New Hampshire through hunting, fishing, gardening and foraging for food, while harvesting local wood for heat. Later in childhood, he lived in suburban Cape Cod where he saw the effects of sprawl first-hand and a different land ethic. He is very interested in how certain economic policies feed cultures of over-consumption and sprawl, often at the cost of not only environmental health, but human happiness. He enjoys coordinating campus sustainability efforts in order to teach alternative cultures and practice ideas for alternative sustainable systems in the microcosm of a college setting.

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Hope Zabronsky '15

Sustainability Outreach Intern

Hope is currently a junior in the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. She is majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in policy, law and conservation studies and minoring in political science. Hope spent her past summer close to home in Washington, DC interning in the Forest Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center directing an independent research project related to tree growth. She currently works for the University of Vermont Office of Admissions as a member of the Student Contact Team. Hope also serves as a Village Leader in the GreenHouse residential learning community facilitating environmental stewardship within the dormitory. In addition, she is a member of the Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Vermont and volunteers at FeelGood and Campus Kitchens Project.