ES Program Alumni
With more than 900 graduates in 43 years, our alums work in environmental fields as entrepreneurs, scientists, policy makers, scholars, consultants, teachers, volunteers, activists, and founders of non-profits.
Corinne Almquist '09
In this two-part video, Corinne talks about a food gleaning project in Vermont made possible by her Compton Mentor Fellowship. Corinne also received Spirit In Nature's 2010 Eco Spirit Award for her gleaning project.
Tamara Jacobi '06.5 is the co-founder and manager of Tailwind Jungle Lodge on the Mexican Pacific. Tamara wrote the business plan for Tailwind in Entrepreneur's 101 during her final semester at Middlebury. She and her family then founded the lodge and hosted their first guests the year after her graduation. Today, the lodge is a collection of unique, sustainably designed bungalows, palapas, and casitas perched on 5 acres of dense jungle ridges dropping to secluded white sand beaches. The lodge leads hiking, kayaking, and surfing adventure tours and hosts yoga, bird-watching, and women's holistic health retreats. In 2009, Tamara led Tailwind to become the first Certified Sustainable Eco-lodge in Mexico, through Sustainable Travel International.
Lucy McCarthy '72 received Maine Coast Heritage Trust's 2009 Espy Land Heritage Award for her work as the Executive Director of the Vinalhaven Land Trust and chair of the Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee. 15 years ago, Lucy became VLT's first paid staff member and since then has led many projects, protected properties, organized successful fundraising endeavors, and worked with schools to develop environmental education programs.
Rebecca Cushing '06.5 is the volunteer coordinator and Osprey monitor at Mass Audubon's Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, where she has been working since graduating from Middlebury. She helps volunteers of all ages get involved in protecting the environment through all of the Sanctuary's ecological stewardship and monitoring projects. When she is working on the Osprey monitoring project, Rebecca climbs the nests, counts eggs and chicks, and bands the juveniles. The project also uses satellite technology to track migration and feeding patterns of adult Osprey.
Allison Klein '08.5 spent her first summer after graduation as a GIS intern at Yellowstone National Park through the Student Conservation Association. After a year at the Colombia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation New York/Paris Program, Allison has returned to Yellowstone as a Cartographic Technician.
Tripp Burwell '09 is currently in Houma, LA, helping coordinate NOAA's response to the BP oil disaster as an employee of Industrial Economics, an environmental consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA. Before working for Industrial Economics, Tripp spent 3 months in Meghalaya, India, creating a GIS program for Samrakshan Trust, an NGO working to help the Garo people live peacefully with the Asian Elephants that share their land. In addition to teaching the Samarakshan Trust team how to use GPS, collect data, and do basic GIS analysis, Tripp wrote a grant that provided the Trust with free ESRI GIS software.
Jeff Bates '08.5 is working for the Beacon Group, a strategy consulting firm in Portland, ME. Since September '09, he has been working to develop the Beacon Group's energy practice, specializing in renewable energy generation. Jeff is also currently involved in a project to help a client find solutions for environmental monitoring.
Dan Chow '09 has been working for Creative Environment Solutions, an environmental health and safety consulting company in New York, since leaving Middlebury. Dan works on many projects focused on removing hazardous materials like lead, PCB, asbestos, and PERC as well as some more unique projects, like tearing up a section of pavement on 50th Street to collect soil samples underneath! In addition to exciting projects, seeing how environmental regulations work at the ground level is an eye-opening experience, and Dan says that it's what makes the job really interesting. While the company currently focuses on environmental health and safety hazards, Dan sees signs of broadening to include more green building and renewable energy projects and is excited about the possibility of the company addressing a wider range of environmental issues.
Carolyn Barnwell '06.5 currently works at IslandWood, an outdoor environmental education center, graduate school, and conference center on Bainbridge Island near Seattle. After Middlebury, she did a year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in the Pacific and Indian Oceans about climate change adaptation. She then returned to Vermont to do communications and outreach for the Middlebury alumni start-up Brighter Planet. Carolyn's interest in issue-based storytelling and cross-cultural communication will take her to the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine for graduate study in Fall 2010.
Adam Lovell '08 worked for the Maine Democratic party through the 2008 campaign season before taking a job with the Cadmus Group, an environmental consulting firm in Watertown, MA. He began his work at the firm as a research analyst supporting contracts for the EPA's Office of Drinking Water and Ground Water. He is now the executive assistant for the firm, helping with market research and business development for all sectors of the business, including energy services, water programs, and other aspects of environmental policy.
Kate Lichtenstein '00 recently completed her Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington, College of Built Environments and was selected by the faculty to receive the American Planning Association's AICP Outstanding Student Award 2009. In addition to pursuing her degree, Kate has been working for Sound Transit since 2002. She helped the agency achieve ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental and Sustainability Management System, which seeks to incorporate sustainability throughout design, construction, and operation of all of the agency's services and facilities through initiatives such as a construction waste program.