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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Dartmouth alumna appointed new sustainability manager
"Building bridges has been a hallmark of my career," says Kathy Fallon Lambert '90, and she plans to bring that spirit to her new role as Dartmouth's incoming sustainability manager. Lambert, who is scheduled to take office in August 2008, will help the College develop a strategy to integrate sustainability principles and practices into Dartmouth's operations and culture. She has worked extensively with both public and private institutions to bridge the gap between science and environmental policy, and will be looking for opportunities to bring together the diverse constituencies at Dartmouth to make Dartmouth more sustainable.
Lambert, who graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. in sociology with an environmental studies certificate, went on to earn her MFS in hydrology and watershed management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1992. She has worked as a hydrologist for the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire, and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. She went on to serve as a consultant and executive director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation in Hanover, a non-profit which supports research and stewardship of the nationally-renowned Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in the White Mountains. Four years ago, she founded Ecologic, a Vermont-based environmental consulting firm with an emphasis on public policy. Lambert's professional efforts have landed her a Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a Leopold Schepp Leadership Grant, and a U.S. EPA Environmental Merit Award. When not pursuing a cleaner environment professionally, she practices sustainability at home by tending her small flock of organically-raised sheep and working with her family to upgrade the efficiency of their small home in a converted 200-year-old one-room schoolhouse.
After more than a decade of working to reduce the air and water pollution impacts of electricity generation, Lambert says that returning to Dartmouth appealed to her because it offered "the chance to make a difference on the ground in a community that's clearly dedicated to sustainability and has a long track record of success." Dartmouth already boasts a number of sustainability initiatives, including recognition for its green buildings, efforts to reduce dining waste and rely on more local food producers, campus-wide recycling, a parking buy-out program, and the introduction of hybrid vehicles into the College fleet. Recently, four new Dartmouth buildings were awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. Academic buildings Kemeny and Haldeman Halls received silver certifications and residence halls McLane and Fahey received gold certifications, reflecting a high level of energy efficiency and water conservation in the buildings' designs. Lambert hopes to expand current communications efforts to make these activities and others by Dartmouth's Resource Working Group more visible to the Dartmouth community and to external organizations. "I hope we can build on the College's rich history to increase participation in the campus sustainability initiative and enhance Dartmouth's leadership role nationally," said Lambert.
Lambert says she also looks forward to working with students, and sees her role at Dartmouth not only as a means to improving Dartmouth's institutional practices, but also as a chance to further educate more Dartmouth students about what it means to live sustainably. "I want to expand and build student environmental programs," said Lambert, citing Dartmouth's Sustainability Living Center (which incorporates sustainable technologies and choices into residential, social, and academic settings) as a positive development. She also hopes to expand Dartmouth's student orientation programs to include information about sustainable living. "Perhaps we could create a sustainability handbook for first years," said Lambert, "and make 'being green' part of the Dartmouth culture for entering students."
Finally, said Lambert, she looks forward to bringing her public policy and advocacy experience to bear by supporting existing and future student campaigns for sustainable practices. Dartmouth students have shown plenty of initiative in launching their own ideas for increasing sustainability and spreading the word both inside and outside the Dartmouth community. The student-run Sustainable Dartmouth has spearheaded a number of successful projects, including waste-free dining, cage-free eggs, and sustainable move-out day. The Big Green Bus, a student-retrofitted bus that tours the country running on vegetable oil and spreading the message of energy conservation techniques, is now in its fourth year of operation. Lambert hopes to foster more projects like these. "Being a student means having the opportunity to actually test your ideas in the campus environment and with the College's support. It's a chance to learn how to communicate messages, engage larger populations and find out what makes a campaign successful," she said.
It is that chance to build bridges and to educate, both students and the entire Dartmouth community, that most invigorates Lambert. "Dartmouth has deep intellectual capital to build on," she said. Already home to a course in sustainable design and an organic farm where students get hands-on experience, Dartmouth is a place, says Lambert, where not only practices, but attitudes can be changed through education and outreach. "The college has made a tremendous commitment over the years to green technologies," she said. "I hope that together, as a community of students, staff and faculty, we can ask: What can we all do to help realize Dartmouth's sustainability goals and spur green innovation?"
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