Dr. Steve Trombulak

Steve is the director of the Middlebury School of the Environment. He is the Anderson Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies at Middlebury College, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of conservation biology, environmental science, and natural history.  He is the author or editor of several articles and books, including The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History and, most recently, Landscape-scale Conservation Planning.  His greatest passions, however, are directed toward his teaching.  In addition to directing the Middlebury School of the Environment, Steve teaches Environmental Analysis: Energy Futures (with Joan Grossman) and the Sustainability Practicum.

Dr. Holly Peterson

Holly is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and chair of the Environmental Studies program at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is a hydrogeologist whose primary research regards water flow and water quality in mining environments. Holly also collaborates in interdisciplinary research on social and environmental justice at local and global scales.

At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Holly teaches Understanding Place (with Joseph Witt) and an elective on Environmental Pollution.

Dr. Curt Gervich

Curt is an assistant professor in the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh where he teaches courses in environmental leadership, law and policy and sustainability, among others. Curt is trained as an environmental planner, with expertise in decision-making and leadership. His professional background includes developing habitat conservation plans in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and training community involvement specialists at the Environmental Protection Agency in best practices for participatory planning.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Curt teaches the Systems Thinking Practicum and an elective on Wicked Environmental Problems.

Dr. Joan Grossman

Joan is a media artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York, with projects that span documentary film, video installation, and video design for live performance. Her work has won numerous awards and has screened in more than 25 countries with projects in China, Russia, Africa, and throughout Europe. Joan has been a visiting artist and professor of media arts at universities across the country, and has produced media for numerous non-profits, including the World Resources Institute, a leading environmental think tank.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Joan teaches the Environmental Analysis: Energy Futures (with Steve Trombulak) and an elective on Environmental Video Production.

Dr. Joe Witt

Joe is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mississippi State University. His research and teaching focus on the connections between religious values and environmental behaviors, particularly the role of religion in environmental and social justice activism. He has also helped to create experiential learning opportunities focused on food justice in the Deep South.  Joe earned his BA in Philosophy and Religion at Hendrix College, and his MA and PhD at the University of Florida’s graduate program in Religion and Nature.  At the Middlebury School of the Environment, Joe teaches Understanding Place (with Holly Peterson) and an elective on Nature, Culture, and Ethics.



Sandra A. Bonomo

Coordinator, School of the Environment

Sandy first came to Middlebury in 1986 as coordinator of the summer Italian School and the academic year department of Spanish and Italian.  In 2003, she assisted in the launching of the Portuguese School and has served as its coordinator ever since.  She also serves as the Budget and Personnel Coordinator for all of the summer Language Schools and Graduate programs.  She is excited to be a part of the School of the Environment and is looking forward to helping Middlebury bring its academic year focus on sustainability issues to the forefront of environmental education during the summer session. Sandy is an avid quilter, was recently certified as a Studio 180 Design teacher, and enjoys kayaking and biking.

Contact: 802-443-5543 (office phone), bonomo@middlebury.edu



Practitioners help teach environmental leadership skills throughout the program. Previous practitioners include award-winning journalist and creator of Planet Forward Frank Sesno; Middlebury College Director of Sustainability Integration Jack Byrne; journalist Lois Parshley; and persuasive communications instructor Mike Kiernan. In the coming months, we will be adding information about the environmental practitioners who will be joining us this summer. Check back for details.