Sadie Ross joined the President's Office as director of environmental sustainability in March of 2010. Ross will coordinate all of the college’s activities related to responsible environmental programs, including recycling, education, communication, programming, procurement and policies. In addition, she will work closely with all college divisions, but especially with the vice president for administration, facilities staff and regional deans to coordinate sustainability efforts; interact with local, regional, state and federal entities to determine best practices and compliance; seek external funding for college projects; and manage the sustainability website.
Ross has a broad background collaborating on and directing projects that address the environmental issues and concerns of municipalities, government and nonprofit agencies, schools, grocery stores, farmers and residential neighborhoods. She has developed innovative projects to reduce pesticides, to help grocery stores procure local produce and to generate income for farms within their local community with an eye toward sustainability and safety. She also has worked with residential neighborhoods to address concerns about water quality.
Ross comes to the position from the New England Tropical Conservatory in Bennington, where she was director of programs, charged with developing an education center that provides sustainable living, conservation and stewardship programs to the community. She also has worked for the Cooperative Extensions of the University of New Hampshire and Cornell.
Ross earned her master's degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech, and her bachelor's of science in the same field from Cornell University.