Many people and offices on campus are involved in sustainability and environmental education, including the Eco-Reps, the members of the Sustainability Committee, Green-Up, and many other individuals and offices. The Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability in all of its dimensions at the college, and encourages the integration of environmental, social, human, and economic goals into policies, activities, and operating practices.
The Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability in all of its dimensions at the college, and encourages the integration of environmental, social, human, and economic goals into policies, activities, and operating practices.
Doug Facey, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Committee
Doug Facey has a particular interest in protection and conservation of natural resources. His research and some of the courses that he teaches are directly linked to local rivers and lakes, especially Lake Champlain. Doug’s personal connection to Lake Champlain goes back to the 1960s. In the late 1970s Doug did research on Lake Champlain fishes while pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Vermont, and has continued his ties with the Lake since coming to Saint Michael’s in 1990. Doug lives in Burlington, where he does his best to minimize trash generation by maximizing composting and recycling, and maximize use of renewable energy from the solar panels on his home.
Richard Kujawa, Professor of Geography and Chair of Department Environmental Studies and Science
With training in Environmental Planning and Policy, and Geography Richard has been engaged with examinations of human-environment relations for most of his career. Environmental and Sustainability topics are blended into many of his classes at the College. Particular interests include water quality, energy and resource use, and sustainability at different geographical scales. His current environmental coursework includes Community and Environmental Planning; Environmental Policy; and Water Resources. Richard is currently part of an NSF-funded grant project focused on the impacts of climate change. His contribution hones in on questions of community and organizational resiliency in Vermont to extreme events like flooding. A native of the United Kingdom, Richard has lived in Vermont, working at Saint Michael’s, for more than 25 years.
Emalee Garboski, SMC '19
I’m an anthropology and environmental studies double major with a minor in philosophy from Pelham, NH. I'm passionate about sustainability because it's something that is important for us and future generations. I've always been an outdoorsy girl, so giving back to the earth is just something that I think I need to do. My favorite class that I took at St. Mike's was Geography of Water with Prof. Stroup. That was the class that opened my eyes to how difficult of a task just being "environmentally aware" can be—there were just so many aspects to learn about, and we were only talking about water! But that class really confirmed, for me, what I want to do with my future career and practice law as an environmental lawyer. This year I'm working on promoting the use of reusable plastic and trying to coerce parts of the campus to decrease their use of single use plastic.
Kristyn Achilich, Academic Program Coordinator for the Farm, Instructor in Environmental Studies
Kristyn supports students, faculty, and community members who utilize the Farm at Saint Michael’s for educational and research purposes and carries on the Edmundite tradition of social justice and service as it relates to food issues in our surrounding community. She serves as a resource for faculty as they plan their own lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that students need to be proficient in ecological farming practices and individual and community food security. She is responsible for the overall management and design of the Farm in an effort to maximize the student experience as well as the use of the space for research, teaching and community-engaged learning on campus. In her role on the Sustainability Committee, Kristyn works to support institutional initiatives proposed by other stakeholders, ensures the Farm Program works meet advances in energy use, responsible packaging and reduced waste and is constantly looking for opportunities to cross pollinate and collaborate to best use our resources – natural, human and capital.
Karen Talentino, Professor of Biology
I have been at Saint Michael’s for 11 years, primarily as an administrator, but have recently returned to fulltime teaching as a professor in the Biology Department, and am teaching environmental science as well as biology courses. I have always been interested in the environment, particularly how organisms are adapted to extreme conditions. I have been fortunate to have led a number of study trips with students to some amazing places, including Cuba, the Bahamas, and the southwestern deserts of the US, and love sharing my passion for the environment with students. I am also committed to trying to follow a more sustainable lifestyle, and have enjoyed working with the Eco-Reps this year to focus on reducing single-use plastics on campus.
Brittany Johnson, SMC '20, President of Green Up
Brittany is a junior Pre-Pharmacy major with minors in Environmental Studies and Psychology. She possesses a passion for the environment and strives to make Saint Mike's and the local community more conscience of and proactive towards environmental issues. Brittany is the co-leader of Green Up, the college's environmental club, as well as the co-leader of F.E.E.D. (Food, Environment, Education, Dignity), a program that deals with local food insecurity, through MOVE. She is also the coordinator of SMC's Fair Trade Campaign.
George Goldsworthy, Class of ’93, Manager of SMC Print & Mail
George began working in campus recycling efforts in 1989 as a freshman at SMC with the beginning of the CART program which was a student run first effort toward paper recycling. Three types of bins were placed in each building so that white, colored, end green bar computer paper were sent to be recycled and needed to be delivered as separate entities.
Lou DiMasi, Director of Residential Life
Lou connects with our students in nearly every aspects of the campus lives, and promotes a philosophy of self-respect, responsibility and care for others. He is a strong advocate of sustainable programs and initiatives on the residence campus.
Others working toward a sustainable campus include:
Declan McCabe, Professor of Biology, Coordinator of the SMC Natural Area
In addition to teaching ecology and environmental courses in the Department of Biology and the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, Declan is also the coordinator of the SMC Natural Area, a 400+acre wetlands and forest that abuts the Winooski River. The college has made the decision to restore this area to its natural habitat, and to use it as an educational and recreational resource.
Gabby LaRiviere, SMC '20, Eco-Rep
I’m a sophomore environmental studies and religious studies double major. I’m from Swampscott, MA. I think living sustainably is super important for the present status and future status of our planet. I ski, hike, enjoy playing basketball and golf. I like grilling, the beach, and museums. My favorite class thus far has been Buddhism with Professor Pascal and Environment and Society with Professor Stanger. This year, I'm working on promoting and supporting the college’s classification as a bee campus, and maintaining our positive relationship with pollinators in the future.
Elly Moore, SMC '19, Eco-Rep
I’m a senior English and environmental studies double major. I started working in the Office of Sustainability last year right after I realized that we had one. I love seeing sustainability in action on campus and working to bring more awareness to the impact we can have on our environment in both positive and negative ways. I’ve taken the most wonderfully ridiculous classes since coming to Saint Mike’s and each one has changed the way I view the world for the better. I credit my first two college classes—Creative Writing and Nature and Culture—for planting the seed of potential environmental action and activism in my head. Nature and Culture initiated my interest in the environmental humanities, and my first year seminar Creative Writing helped me recognize my love of language which I now hope to use to bring awareness to environmental issues on campus and beyond.
Peter Hope, Instructor of Biology, Faculty Advisor for Green Up
Peter is the faculty advisor for Green Up. His favorite course to teach is Ecosystem Ecology, a field course with labs spent outside visiting and studying many of Vermont's interesting ecosystems. The course includes some of his favorite subjects including geology, ecology, and botany.