Instructors

Tatiana Abatemarco, Ph.D.

20180228_Environmental_Faculty-1Tatiana Abatemarco is a lecturer in the Environmental Program with an appointment through the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to holding this position, she was a Scholar in Residence at Green Mountain College, where she taught in the Masters of Sustainable Food Systems and Masters in Resilient and Sustainable Communities Graduate Programs. She also held the rank of Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Paul Smith’s College.

Dr. Abatemarco is a Center for Whole Communities alumni (2016); Has worked as a USDA grant evaluator for Adirondack Farm to School (2015-2016); and served as the President of the Board of Trustees for Northern Lights School (2015-2016). She is currently serving on the Boards of The Whallonsburg Grange and The Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm, and is a founding member of the North Country Food Justice Working Group

Elizabeth Palchak, Ph.D.

LizPalchak_Headshot_700x350_WebRezElizabeth Palchak has over 12 years of experience in sustainability in higher education. She is a consultant at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where she brings behavioral science to energy use questions and develops programs for universities, businesses and utilities. She also serves as the Sustainable Funds Coordinator at UVM, where she helps to advance socially responsible investing efforts at the university and facilitate funding for clean energy projects on campus. She was the first Sustainability Coordinator at Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming and directed the schools’ first sustainability assessment. Elizabeth earned her PhD from the University of Vermont in Natural Resources. Her dissertation explored the fossil fuel divestment movement in higher education and behavioral strategies for reducing energy use in off-campus student housing. She has extensive teaching experience in higher education and administrative experience at a large research university. She has a background in leadership training, both as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and in higher education. She has taught Campus Sustainability Leadership since 2014.