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Who We Are

Tom Sabo, Executive Director

Sabo is an award-winning high school teacher, leading sustainability educator, prominent local food activist, and most recently the founding executive director of the Center for Sustainable Systems.  He is a chief architect of a model of service learning that integrates curriculum through a school greenhouse and gardens that provide food for the school system’s lunch program, using soil derived from the cafeteria food scraps.

Sabo is a member of the state-wide Farm To Plate Education and Workforce Development Group, and serves on the Vermont State Standards Advisory Board for science.  He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Central Vermont Food Systems Council and co-chairs the Food Education Committee.  Through this work, he coordinates the Growing Local Fest, an annual community celebration that promotes local food and music, while raising money for school gardens.   He is a 2009 recipient of the Milken National Educator Award and a 2011 Rowland Foundation Fellow.  He has taught biology and environmental science at Montpelier High School for the past 15 years and holds an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Board of Directors

  • Mark Cannella, Farm Business Management Specialist, UVM Extension
  • Peter Evans, Former Principal, Montpelier High School
  • Christopher Kilian, Vice President and Director of CLF Vermont
  • Matthew McLane, Director, Service Learning, Montpelier Public Schools
  • Allison Mindel, Manager of Foundation Relations, Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Theresa Murray-Clasen, Environmental Education Consultant

Partners and donors include:

  • Montpelier Public Schools
  • The Rowland Foundation
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Harris and Frances Block Foundation
  • The Bay and Paul Foundations
  • National Life Group Foundation
  • Redducs Foundation
  • New England Grassroots Environment Fund

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