Staff Profile

Heather Lynch

Membership Operations Coordinator, AASHE (Former SMC Director of Sustainability)

B.S., Environmental Conservation, University of New Hampshire
M.S., Science in Sustainable Food Systems, Green Mountain College

Heather J. Lynch is the Membership Operations Coordinator at the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE’s mission is to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. At AASHE, Heather works to enable and support members to advance sustainability on their campuses. AASHE is the leading association that works with and for higher education to ensure that our world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.

Prior to joining AASHE, Heather was the first Director of Sustainability at Saint Michael’s College. In the 10 years she was on campus, Heather oversaw the Recycling and Compost Programs, created the Garden Program and its expansion into a 1.75-acre Farm, taught in the Environmental Studies and Science Department, managed the Eco-Rep Program, advised the student environmental club, maintained the college’s greenhouse gas inventory, completed the college’s first STARS report among many other initiatives. Heather continues to support the sustainability efforts of Saint Michael’s College as an AASHE member.

Heather has been in the sustainability field since her undergrad days at the University of New Hampshire, where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Conservation with a concentration in Environmental Affairs in May 2007. Interested in how institutions of higher education were playing a role in reducing their impact on the environment, she worked as the Campus Climate Intern at Clean Air--Cool Planet, the Northeast's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. Before joining the community at St. Mike's, Heather spent a year in Durango, Colorado, as the Environmental Center Intern at Fort Lewis College. There, among other things, she organized the campus community around environmental action and fostered dialogue on how to create the college's first Sustainability Action Plan.

Heather is a certified Extension Master Gardener and also holds a Master's of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Heather resides in Montpelier, VT with her husband, Maury, and two cats, Maple and Clover. When not working to save the planet, you can find her gardening around her house, hiking in the mountains or cross-country skiing if Mother Nature allows.

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