Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Lucas began his career working as a carpenter for his father’s construction company in southern Indiana between semesters in high school and college. He went on to earn dual bachelors degrees in architecture and environmental design and his master's degree in architecture at Ball State University. Lucas has a varied background in architecture, design/build and furniture design, approaching projects with a spirit of inventiveness and a sensibility for integrating built environments with natural processes and surroundings.
He is the proprietor of Lucas Brown Design and Fabrication of Austin, Tex., and has collaborated with and worked for several organizations including LZT Architects, Inc., Macek Furniture, CMPBS (The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems) and Michael Chamblee Architect. His projects include new construction and renovations for private residences, school renovations, performing art centers, religious sanctuaries, and senior housing. He's also designed and fabricated furniture, outdoor living spaces and shade structures-currently he is constructing a "green" chicken coop with students on GMC's Cerridwen Farm.
His interest is developing projects that make sensible use of local and recycled building materials and applying techniques like active and passive solar design and integrated resource use working toward the development of regenerative systems. Lucas is on the board of advisors for the Austin Community Design and Development Center, an associate member of The American Institute of Architects, and is CDT (Construction Document Technician) certified by the Construction Specifications Institute. Lucas’ work has been published in a number of architectural publications including Dwell, Metropolis and Texas Architect. He collaborated with Legge Lewis Legge on Cup City, an interactive art installation at the 2006 Austin City Limits Concert, which recently won a national AIA design award.
Steven Letendre Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies and REED Program Chair
Steven completed his undergraduate education at Bryant College, received his M.A. in economics from the State University of New York, Binghamton, and his Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Now a professor of economics and environmental studies at GMC, Steven’s research and writing involves the economic analysis of emerging environmental technologies and the development of policies and regulations to promote a sustainable energy future.
Steven has published over 45 technical articles on a variety of energy issues. His research has been referenced in mainstream media, including the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He has performed collaborative research with organizations from across the country, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, California Air Resources, the Solar Electric Power Association, and the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was invited to participate in a review of the US Department of Energy’s plug-in vehicle program and to present to the Vermont State Legislature on electric vehicles as part of a special series on global climate change. He currently serves as the Board Treasurer for Renewable Energy Vermont, a trade association advocating for developing policies that strengthen Vermont’s burgeoning renewable energy industry. For many years, he served on the board of SolarFest, a small local non-profit that hosts a renewable energy festival weekend event each July. The event was chosen twice by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a top 10 summer event.
Michael Beattie, Architect, pc
Michael Beattie has been providing architectural design services to the southern Vermont/western Massachusetts region since 1977. His experience covers a wide variety of facility types, including: alterations to historic structures, renovations of residential and commercial structures, new residential and commercial buildings, and large, planned resort complexes. He works with an understanding of the profound, yet often ignored, impact of architecture on the human psyche, crafting buildings that shelter and support the activities within, and honor the needs of the human spirit. The projects are aesthetically pleasing, and fit both the outer and inner landscape, not claiming undue attention for themselves. His focus has been on sustainable architecture since his classes with Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1960's. A 2009 residential building he designed was awarded LEED Gold certification and a 2005 post and beam straw bale home he designed was awarded the EPA’s Energy Star 5 plus stars designation. Michael teaches design course in REED and filled in for professor Brown during his sabbatical leave, teaching the signature REED design/build fall course.
Bob Gasperetti, Furniture Maker
Bob is a custom furniture craftsmen located in East Dorset, Vermont. Most of his work is inspired by Shaker, Mission, and Arts & Crafts furniture, believing that simple, functional furniture crafted with quality materials, integrity and pride will yield a timeless piece that will be passed down from generation to generation. All pieces are made of solid hardwoods. Some of his favorites are cherry, walnut, and figured maples. Bob teaches the REED course furniture design/build.
Dan Mosheim has been making furniture since 1973. He starts with simple forms, and over the years has explored almost every historical style of furniture design. For the first 20 years of his business, he worked alone or with one or two assistants. “My employees without exception have risen to the challenge of less supervision and constantly surprise me with their creativity and resourcefulness. By adding more production capabilities like CAD, CNC routing and custom metal working it has been an extremely rewarding change of focus for me, I've been amazed at the amount, quality and variety of work we've produced in the last 32 years.”
A graduate of Green Mountain College, Khanti has worked as a dedicated PV professional since 2001. He is a former Institute for Sustainable Power Quality certified instructor for photovoltaic courses, and has extensive experience in training, consulting, design and installation, quality assurance and tech support. Khanti’s specialties include Advanced Shade Analysis (SunEye and Pathfinder), energy yield estimation, product development and documentation, strategic partnership building, sales and channel-based technical support, PV training, Learning Management System (LMS) facilitation, instructional design, technical writing, public speaking and customer relations.
David Munyak, Furniture Maker/Wood Turner
An education in design, a lifetime of experience working with wood in many forms, and strict attention to detail allows Dave to create fine furniture, elegant woodturnings and other wood objects for the home and office. His work appears at the Weston Craft Show in Weston, Vermont, and other regional locations. Dave teaches a REED skills course on wood turning, teaching students how to use one of several wood lathes located in the REED shop.
Susan Sutheimer Ph.D.
Professor of chemistry and Science & Outdoor Leadership division chair at Green Mountain College, Sue holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Kent State University. “Chemistry fascinates me because it brings logic to solving complex as well as everyday problems. My students and I enjoy discovering reasons why things happen chemically in the environment or in the kitchen. At the same time we begin to get a basic understanding of how things around us can be improved. In lab we are geared especially to understanding problems associated with lakes and streams or with naturally occurring substances such as toxins or poisons, dyes or even medicines.”