Staff Profile

Heather Lynch

Director of Sustainability

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

Heather J. Lynch joined Saint Michael's in July 2008 as the College's first Sustainability Coordinator. Heather facilitates the development of strategies for incorporating environmental sustainability into the academic, residential and operational activities of Saint Michael's College. In addition to running the Office of Sustainability, she manages the College's Organic Garden, Recycling Program, advises Green Up, a student environmental club, collaborates with community organizations, works closely with the Environmental Studies major and much more. She's also the single point of contact on environmental sustainability topics and activities.

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, is on the Advisory Board for Sodexo’s Vermont First Initiative 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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