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.
Associate Professor of Management & Environmental Studies; Environmental Studies Program Chair
Steve 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 an associate professor of management and environmental studies at GMC, Steve’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.
He is collaborating with a small group of researchers investigating the technical requirements and benefits of integrating battery and hybrid electric vehicles with the utility grid, (referred to as vehicle to grid, or V2G), and is a recognized national authority on V2G. In addition, Steve works with colleagues from the State University of New York's Atmospheric Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to investigate the value of solar energy in various niche markets. He is also interested in the role of the non-profit sector in promoting sustainable energy. Steve sits on the board of SolarFest, a local nonprofit providing energy education through the performing arts. He also is an active member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the American Solar Energy Society, and Renewable Energy Vermont.
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.
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.
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.”