Curt Gervich

Co-Director, School of the Environment

Associate Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh

Liou Xie

Co-Director, School of the Environment

Associate Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh

Heather Fair

Visiting Professor, School of the Environment

Joan Grossman

Instructor, School of the Environment

Artist and filmaker, Brooklyn, NY

Alex Nickley

Resident Director and Instructor, School of the Environment


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.

Mike Kiernan

Physician, actor, public speaker

Bill McKibben

Author and environmentalist

Frank Sesno

Journalist and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University

Dan Reed

Program director, Planet Forward

Guest Speakers

  • Xiaolan Li: The Nature Conservancy. Conservation in Chinese context.

  • Xinhao Cheng: a renowned environmental artist with a PhD degree in Chemistry from Peking University.

  • Bryan and Jeanie Linden: Cultural conservation and economic development in China.

  • Josh Dyer: Ethnomusicology of Yunnan.

  • Kathleen Walsh: Gates Foundation in China.

  • Hongyan Young and Zhi Zuo: Pesticide Environmental Action Center/Eco-women: Environmental advocacy and NGOs in China.

  • Professor Douglass Yu: Biologist from University of East Anglia and Kunming Institute of Zoology