Terrace 125, 802-287-8277
Aaron holds an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics from the Gund Institute at U.V.M. As a Transportation Research Scholar at U.V.M.'s Transportation Research Center and a Gund Student Fellow, Aaron focused his research on alternative economic approaches, sustainable transportation, energy issues, and climate change. He also holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and studied environmental science for two years at Unity College. His career experience includes serving as the Managing Director of the Center for Environmental Education in Maine and the Interim Sustainability Coordinator of Unity College.
Aaron's environmental ethic grew out of his family's dependence on the land in rural New Hampshire through hunting, fishing, gardening and foraging for food, while harvesting local wood for heat. Later in childhood, he lived in suburban Cape Cod where he saw the effects of sprawl first-hand and a different land ethic. He is very interested in how certain economic policies feed cultures of over-consumption and sprawl, often at the cost of not only environmental health, but human happiness. He enjoys coordinating campus sustainability efforts in order to teach alternative cultures and practice ideas for alternative sustainable systems in the microcosm of a college setting.
José Gálvez Contreras
Sustainable Community Development Outreach Coordinator
Terrace 125, 802-287-8197
José Gálvez is a proud native citizen of La Ceiba, Honduras. He came to the United States when he was awarded the Make-a-Difference Scholarship by Green Mountain College in 2007 for his enthusiasm, leadership and active involvement in numerous community service projects. These projects ranged from volunteering and organizing programs for the betterment of his city to serving as an English translator for medical brigades. He has also served as the Regional Coordinator and Fall Fellow for Organizing for America. In 2011, he graduated with three degrees from Green Mountain College: a B.S. in Business, a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Environmental Management.
As the Outreach Coordinator for Sustainable Community Development at GMC, José works closely with faculty, staff, and students and with local citizens and organizations in Poultney. Some of the projects he is actively involved with include the planning and organization of the annual Earth Fair, the Poultney 2020 Revitalization Effort, East Poultney Day, and First Year Impressions (FYI!), among many volunteering and service learning projects in town and the region. Additionally, he is pursing a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy with a focus on Climate Change at Vermont Law School.
José is passionate about the environment, renewable energy technology, building sustainable communities, human rights advocacy and sacred activism. He wears many hats, from strategic planner to community organizer and everything in-between. He loves to dance, think, and dream about a better future for the world. So, if you see him around campus, say “hi” because he is looking forward to meeting you with a smile!
Sustainability Office Manager
Terrace 125, 802-287-8254
Born and raised in Downeast Maine, Nicole has been referred to as a tree hugger most of her life. As a renewable energy and ecological design and sustainable agriculture major, as well as an environmental education minor, Nicole hopes to combine the skills she learns at GMC to improve food and water access, develop inexpensive green energy for developing countries and the rest of the world, and educate today’s youth about the issues that matter most.
As Sustainability Office Manager, she manages the recycling crew, coordinates student outreach, and assists students with sustainability related projects. As well as working in the sustainability office, Nicole is a co-director of Slow Foods, the president of the Sustainable Living Floor, and the public relations officer for the Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF). She is interested in the design of social structures in both developed and undeveloped countries and how they can be redesigned to run more sustainably.
In her spare time Nicole loves to cook, contra dance, plant seeds, and sing songs.
Student Sustainability Opportunities
Green Mountain College students have many opportunities to get involved in green initiatives on campus. Working for the Sustainability Office offers an opportunity to gain practical experience for those interested in the sustainability profession. Currently students are working in Green Job Corps positions managing events, communications, the Freestore, the Freepo, recycling and composting. Students also assist with STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) research and documention, website development and student management. Interested students should visit the Sustainability Office in Terrace 125.
Project Resource Center
Many GMC students take advantage of campus support systems that enhance experiential learning about sustainability. The Sustainability Office keeps records of past student projects to create continuity and provide ideas and resources for all students. Project lists include those from Student Campus Greening Fund projects, A Delicate Balance, Service-Learning, and more!