The future is bright for careers in sustainability.

Join us May 4 for an afternoon symposium exploring the growing number of career paths in food sustainability, energy, and the outdoors. Dartmouth alumni will share their career journeys in business/farm ownership, conservation, journalism, rescue work, research and policy creation, teaching and coaching, and the law. You’ll have opportunities to network and discuss shifting trends and strategies for building your own career in the sustainability field. Come for the whole afternoon, or just to the panels that interest you most – all are welcome!

12:30–3 p.m.
Sampling from Sustainable Food Producers
Hinman Forum, Rockefeller Center
Learn about sustainable food production and taste beef sliders from PT Farms, maple products from Patch Orchards, and food from Skinny Pancake and Lou's.

1 p.m.
Careers in Sustainable Food

Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Moderator: Kemi Mugo ’15, NYU Food Justice Program graduate student and board member, Mountain School
Panelists: Sara Cavin '04, Program Coordinator, Willing Hands; John Lamppa Th'12, former CTO, Incredible Foods and current COO, Immunotoxicology Consulting Group and owner, Lamppa Farms; Chuck Wooster '89, owner, Sunrise Farm

2 p.m.
Careers in Sustainable Energy 

Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Moderator: Shelbi Fitzpatrick ’19, President of Native Americans at Dartmouth College
Panelists: Rob Adams '90, COO, Solaflect Energy; Nancy Malmquist '79, Vice Chair of Downs Rachlin Martin's Energy & Telecommunications Group; Laura Van Wie McGrory '90, VP, Strategic Initiatives, Alliance to Save Energy and VP, North America for the International Institute for Energy Conservation

Careers in the Outdoors—Sports, Lifestyle, and Search and Rescue
Room 002, Rockefeller Center
Moderator: Philip Bennett ’19, Dartmouth Outing Club Leader
Panelists: Nina Cook Silitch '94, ski mountaineer; Julia Plevin '90, nature-centered designer, strategist, and author; Neil Van Dyke '76, Search and Rescue Coordinator, Vermont Department of Public Safety

3 p.m.
Careers in the Outdoors—Conservation and National Parks
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Moderator: Laura Hutchinson ’19, past President of the Dartmouth Outing Club
Panelists: Lelia Mellen '86, NH Projects Director, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service, and National Water Trails Leader, NPS; Kevin Peterson '82, Director of Economic Development, NH Community Development Finance Authority; David Van Wie '79, nature writer and photographer 

Speaker Bios

Rob currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Solaflect Energy, a Vermont-based developer and manufacturer of solar PV trackers and heliostats. Solaflect installs residential, commercial, and community solar systems. Rob moved from Chicago to the Upper Valley in 2008 to become the president of Simon Pearce and four years later transitioned to the presidency of Grassroots Soccer, an NGO based in South Africa, before joining Solaflect. Rob has an MBA from the Kellogg School.

Sara currently serves as Program Coordinator at Willing Hands, an Upper Valley nonprofit whose mission is to recover food in order to improve health and provide reliable access to nutritious food for our neighbors in need, while reducing food waste. Willing Hands works directly with human service organizations throughout the Upper Valley of VT and NH. Prior to her current role, Sara spent 11 years with the Upper Valley Land Trust, initially as a project manager working with all aspects of land conservation real estate transactions, then later as a program director, managing a wide variety of events and experiences for supporters and the general public that demonstrate the impact of land conservation in the Upper Valley. Her environmental career began with seasonal internships in forest ecology and invasive species management with The Nature Conservancy in Montana. Sara has served on the board and advisory council of Greensboro Land Trust and is a member of the Conservation Commission in Thetford, VT. She earned a Master of Studies in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School.

John is the former CTO of Incredible Foods and the current COO at Immunotoxicology Consulting Group in Cambridge, MA. John is an entrepreneur, scientist, and farmer who is passionate about creating breakthrough technologies and sustainable systems in healthcare, food, and agriculture. In 2017, he founded Lamppa Farms in Norwich VT, which partners with academic and research institutions to pilot and scale novel crops that have the potential to create new, sustainable, high-value agricultural industries. In 2018, John launched Real Green Foods, a Boston-based start-up focused on harnessing the power of the world's smallest flowering plant, lemnoideae, to implement a profound, worldwide change in human nutrition and environmental sustainability. John earned his PhD in Protein Engineering from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

Nancy is Vice Chair of Downs Rachlin Martin’s Energy & Telecommunications Group. Based in Lebanon, NH, Nancy’s practice focuses on energy and telecommunications law, transactions, and facilities siting. She provides strategic direction and advice to national and regional energy generation and transmission providers; renewable energy companies; and telecommunications, cable television, wireless, and VoIP companies. She currently serves as a member of the advisory board of Dartmouth’s Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Nancy earned her JD at Boston College Law School.

Kemi’s current graduate work in New York University Steinhardt’s Food Studies program focuses on creating a sustainable and just food system through advocacy, education, and journalism. During her senior year internship with Dartmouth’s Organic Farm she learned how to grow and market a variety of produce and developed her teaching and managerial skills by supporting the Ecological Agriculture summer class, running educational workshops, giving farm tours and overseeing the 2015 sugaring operation. For the two years prior to graduate school she served as the Graduate Resident at the Mountain School of Milton Academy, teaching, tutoring, mentoring and leading work crews.

Lelia serves as the NH Projects Director of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for the  National Park Service (NPS), as well as the National Water Trails Leader for NPS. For over 25 years, Lelia has worked with national groups, local and state agencies, and nonprofits to help with their conservation initiatives. She shares her organizational, fundraising, river management, and land conservation expertise with these varied groups, tailoring her approach to enhance outdoor recreation and conservation. She began her career with Peace Corps in Sierra Leone followed by an internship with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Lelia has a Master of Environmental Management degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University.

Kevin is currently the Director of Economic Development for NH Community Development Finance Authority in Concord, NH. For 17 years prior, Kevin served as a Senior Program Officer with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, where he managed Upper Valley nonprofit relations, oversaw three environmental grant-making programs, and helped launch the Foundation's impact investing portfolio. From 1986–2001, he served as the New England regional representative for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and for the past 33 years, he has been a member of/advisor to the Dartmouth Outing Club (twice serving on the DOC Advisory Board).

Julia is a nature-centered designer, strategist, and author of The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World (Penguin Random House, 2019). As the founder of The Forest Bathing Club, Plevin designs transformational nature experiences for individuals and groups to reconnect to themselves, their communities, and the planet. Based in San Francisco, CA, Plevin has worked as a design strategist at IDEO, SYPartners, and fuseproject, and has written for Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and Venture Beat. She and her work have been featured by Outside Magazine, CNN, Business Insider, Quartz, The New Yorker, and the Sierra Club. Julia earned an MFA, Products in Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Nina was recently featured in the November 2018 issue of Dartmouth Alumni Magazine as the first North American to win two world cup gold medals in ski mountaineering. Nina found her passion for the outdoors during her involvement in the Dartmouth Outing Club. She was an active member of the Mountaineering Club, the Nordic ski team and served as the club's safety coordinator. With over 23 years working as an educator, she brings the same passion as she has for the mountains, to the classroom. Currently, Nina is head of the arts department at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. Nina has a MEd from Lesley College.

Neil currently serves as the Search and Rescue Coordinator for  Vermont Department of Public Safety. Neil also maintains his 39-year membership in Stowe Mountain Rescue (from which he retired as Chief), serving his hometown of Stowe, VT. He also spent 35 years as the owner and operator of Stowe’s 90-room Golden Eagle Resort. From 2007–2013 he served as an Assistant Forest Ranger for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

David’s writing and photography, including his award-winning blog,, focus on nature, the environment and outdoor activities, especially fly fishing. His latest book, Storied Waters, will be published by Stackpole Books in October 2019. His first book, The Confluence, was co-written with six Dartmouth classmates about their 25 years of fly fishing adventures in the Dartmouth College Grant.  He writes a monthly column for The Maine Sportsman and freelance pieces for other publications, including Northern Woodlands, Maine Sunday Telegram, and American Fly Fisher. David’s writing builds on his thirty year career in environmental sciences and public policy. He previously served as Director of Maine’s Bureau of Land & Water Quality and in the Maine House of Representatives as a member of the Utilities and Energy Committee. He earned a Master of Engineering Sciences degree from Thayer School and completed a year of graduate study at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Based in Washington, D.C., Laura is VP Strategic Initiatives at the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit, bipartisan alliance of business, NGO, and government leaders advocating for strong energy efficiency policy in the U.S. and globally.  She also serves as VP North America for the International Institute for Energy Conservation, an NGO focused on promoting energy efficiency in developing countries. Laura earned her Master of International Affairs in Environmental Policy from Columbia | SIPA.

Chuck has owned Upper Valley’s Sunrise Farm since 1999. Chuck dropped the last of his other day jobs in 2012 and took up organic farming at Sunrise full-time. Since then, his CSA (community supported agriculture) program has expanded to 300 members. In addition to produce, the farm also produces chicken, lamb, maple syrup, honey, and firewood and lumber. In 2015, Chuck and his wife, Sue, purchased an additional property near Sunrise to continue growing the farm. When he is not farming, Chuck turns to writing: as a freelancer for local publications, an editor of a collection of nature writing by local authors, and the author of Living with Sheep (Lyons Press, 2005) and Living with Pigs (Lyons Press, 2008.)

This event is sponsored by Dartmouth Alumni Relations and the Center for Professional Development in partnership with the Outdoor Programs Office, the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and the Sustainability Office.