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David Kestenbaum

Director
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David is the Director of the Certification for Sustainable Transportation (CST) and was a lead researcher for the Green coach Certification Pilot Program, which was the CST’s precursor.  As Director, David has helped to design, develop, and operationalize the CST and its many components, and is in charge of leading its day-to-day operations.  He also serves as the program’s primary liaison with external partners.  As a specialist working in the field of sustainable development, David has been instructing courses at the University of Vermont for 13 years.  David's resume includes an array of accomplishments within the field of community development ranging from helping rural communities in Guyana, Costa Rica, the United States and Honduras develop and implement strategies for sustainable tourism development to assisting multinational corporations and states to  “green” their operations. David also spent five years as the owner/operator of an outfitter business and a certified organic farm. David holds a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont and a B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from The University of Delaware.  

 

Lisa Chase

Primary Faculty Researcher

Lisa Chase

As the Primary Faculty Researcher for the Certification for Sustainable Transportation, Lisa leads research initiatives associated with the program's certification and educational efforts and she guides research conducted by others. Lisa is a Natural Resources Specialist with University of Vermont Extension and is also the Director of the Vermont Tourism Data Center. Her research and outreach focus is on travel, tourism, and recreation at the intersection of environmental conservation and sustainable development. Lisa has studied the impacts of eco-labels on industry and consumer behavior as part of the Green Coach Certification pilot program.  Lisa received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Resources Economics from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Cornell University.

 

Douglas O. Lantagne

Dean and Director of University of Vermont Extension

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Douglas is the Dean and Director of University of Vermont Extension and acts as an engaged participant in the CST effort, helping to outline the program’s structure and strategic initiatives as well as providing staff oversight.  Douglas spent 14 years at Michigan State University in an extension/research position before moving to UVM. Douglas has held several positions with University of Vermont Extension, including Northwest Regional Chair, Associate Director, Interim Director and now Dean and Director. During that same time, he chaired the New England Extension Director’s Association and the Northeast Association of Extension Directors, completed a four-year term as a member of Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), chaired the search committee chair for the new ECOP national Executive Director, and served on various other national committees and task forces. 

 

Richard Scott

Project Coordinator

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Richard serves as a Special Project Coordinator for the CST assisting with marketing, general administration and management, and company outreach. Richard is passionate about the outdoors and travel, and brings a wide range of travel experiences and business knowledge to the CST team. Following his passions, he has spent time in various countries such as Spain, China, Costa Rica, and England participating in learning and community service oriented programs as well as studying regional business practices. Recently graduated, Richard has his B.S. in Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Marketing as well as a minor in Spanish from the University of Vermont.

Andrew Speight

Graphic Design Intern

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Andrew is a Graphic Design Intern for the CST, helping to conceptualize and execute print and web designs. A Maryland native, Andrew is now a rising senior at the University of Vermont. He is working towards a B.A. in Studio Art with dual concentrations in Design and Photography, as well as a minor in Art History. Andrew brings significant design, photography, and advertising experience to the table at CST, as well as a firm grasp of client interactions and logistics.

 

Orion Willis

Marketing Assistant

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Orion is a Social Media/Marketing Intern for the CST and is working to improve our growing social media presence. Orion brings strong people skills and a detail-oriented approach to the CST team. Orion currently attends the University of Vermont, and is working towards his B.A. in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Economics.

 

Quinn Dray

Graphic Design Intern

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Quinn Serves as a graphic design intern at the CST. He has thus far focused on the creation of promotional materials such as posters, calendars, and various posters and flyers. Quinn just graduated from The University of Vermont in the spring after four years spent majoring in psychology and minoring in studio art and math. The internship with The CST has allowed for a concentration of his creative energies within a professional context.