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The following are some examples of Sustainability Education work that LSE alumni are engaged in. You are welcome to contact these alumni with any questions you may have about their experience in LSE, or their work as sustainability educators.

Non-profit organizations:

Lacy Cagle. Director of Curriculum and Community Engagement for the Northwest Earth

Lindsay Duvall. Community Development Coordinator at Hudson River Housing.  Supports sustainable revitalization efforts in the Middle Main neighborhood of Poughkeepsie, NY by building relationships, facilitating leadership development, and empowering residents to take action.

Sarah Gaither. Community Development Director for the Refugee Center Online. Building online resources and educational programs to strengthen refugee communities and improve resettlement success. Currently designing strategies for partnership with other refugee community organizations.

Bob Hatton. Program Coordinator with Portland Fruit Tree Project. One of two full-time staff members, Bob coordinates the Community Harvest (Harvesting Parties, Group Harvests, & Benefit Harvests) & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs (Tree Care Workshop Series & Tree Care Teams).

Katy Hauglund. Director of Education at Youth Progress Association. Manages an alternative school serving youth transitioning out of the justice system.

Jami Walker. Project Manager for Portland Energy Conservation. Manages energy efficiency programs; consults with utilities and government utilities to design and implement their energy efficiency programs; designs trainings, coordinates events and creates outreach materials.

Businesses and other educational organizations:

Madelyn Mickelberry. Co-owner of Mickelberry Gardens. Creates and markets skin care and wellness products that are made from local raw honey, beeswax, and propolis. Sustainable beekeeping methods form the backbone of the company.

Heather Diamond-Vaught. Latin America Programs Director at Carpe Diem Education. Organizes 3-month experiential education programs for Gap Year students in Central and South America. Programs include cultural exchange, language study, volunteer work, and outdoor adventure travel.  Also involved in recruiting and interviewing students, hiring Overseas Educators, and planning leadership trainings for staff.

Paul Nagel. Education Director for Live Local Organic, the first large scale local commercial organic aquaponic food producer within the city of Portland. Develops community engagement and outreach programs, sustainability curriculum and educational partnerships, systems thinking with multiple integrated systems, and niche ecological design.

Travis Southworth-Neumeyer: Chief Operating Officer of Trackers Earth. Travis is responsible for the  efficient and effective operation, management, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver Trackers Earth programs. Trackers Earth provides innovative education in authentic outdoor skills for adults and youth. Camps and classes include wilderness survival, wild plants, archery, restoration and much more. The purpose of Trackers Earth is to inspire a can-do spirit while building a village of real adventure, accountability, common sense, and limitless enthusiasm.

Karen Wolfgang. Co-owner of Independence Gardens. Builds and installs sustainable edible gardens. Develops and implements classes on sustainable gardening and living.

Chelsea Grimonte. Co-owner of VEECEE Farm, a small hog and laying hen operation in the Willamette Valley. VEECEE Farm direct-markets pasture-raised, non-GMO pork and eggs in the greater Portland area. 

Higher education

Corin Bauman. Assistant Director for Community Engagement, The Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, University of Oregon.

Emily Bowling. Civic Engagement and Service Coordinator at Oregon State University. Supports, develops, and coordinates student programs focused on civic engagement, sustainability, and co-curricular community-based service-learning.

Greg Dardis. Chair of the Science and Mathematics Department at Marylhurst University,  and adjunct faculty in Educational Leadership & Policy and University Studies (at PSU). Teaches environmental science, sustainability and local agrarianism classes and works on grants for garden education projects.

Julie Sheen. Adjunct faculty at Utah State University teaching Student Organic Farm Practicum and Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture classes. Faculty advisor to the USU Student Organic Farm.

JR Wolf. College Readiness Center (CRC) Facilitator at Asheville-Buncombe Tech Community College, NC. Supports at-risk students by building community through group discussions, self-reflections, and academic readiness exercises.The goal of the program is to narrow the achievement gap between people of color and white students as well as prepare all students for success at the collegiate level.

Garden-Based Education

Marc Boucher-Colbert. Garden Specialist. Teaches garden-based education and manages a garden for school lunches at Franciscan Montessori Earth School.

Liana Harden has taught garden-based education, developed garden-based curriculum, and engaged communities in gardening at both the Learning Gardens Lab in Portland, Oregon and the Delta Garden Study in public schools throughout the Mississippi Delta. Currently, she is continuing her work with Oregon State University Extension Service on the Grow Healthy Kids & Communities study. 

Leslie Heimer. Youth Program Leader at Food Works. Designs and coordinates youth leadership development and agricultural programming on a 2-acre youth-run farm business on Sauvie Island.

Michelle Sager. Master Gardener Program Coordinator at OSU Extension, Wasco County. Coordinates the OSU Extension Master Gardener training in Wasco County and supports community horticulture services and educational programs for the general public.

To read more about the great work of LSE graduates, check out this article from Edible Portland:

To watch a recent commencement speech by LSE graduate Jacob Sherman: