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.