Mindy (Amanda) Blank, MELP
“Understand the world as it is before you can change the world into what you want it to be.” –Saul Alinsky
“Be the change you wish you see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi
In the realm of Environmental Studies, or rather, the study of how everything intersects, I find it difficult to distinguish between “personal” and “professional” life, which is a blessing to have a career that elegantly merges work-life-balance. As an alum of Green Mountain College and Vermont Law School, I’ve very fortunately been part of communities that enact the environmental ideals that we enthusiastically teach.
At GMC, I teach a range of sustainability, ethics, and civic engagement courses. My philosophy on teaching is to demonstrate to students how to critically understand and analyze root issues while at the same time conceiving creative solutions, and then how to best use their passions and strengths to implement solutions – to play effective roles in their communities. No barrier is insurmountable.
Harnessing inspiration from teaching and previous work with the International Energy Agency, I founded The Spring Network, a whole-systems planning environmental consulting agency that pushes the status quo to facilitate cross-sector coordination and innovative societal shifts – not just to “sustain,” but to regenerate and improve.
My specific areas of passion include, but are not limited to: climate change and energy policy on international, national, regional and local levels; smart grid technology deployment; accelerating renewable energy uptake; environmental, social, and economic sustainability planning and project implementation; spurring civic engagement; and how all of these factors create opportunities for shifting to a healthier and just “next-generation” green economy.
When I’m not teaching or in my office at GMC, you can find me in my art studio in Burlington, kayaking, writing, gardening, flying kites, baking bread, running down mountains, or traveling (where it will be harder to find me).
Masters of Environmental Law and Policy, Vermont Law School
B.A., Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College
Academic Positions Held
Adjunct Instructor, Green Mountain College
Undergraduate courses taught: Environmental Ethics; Decentralizing Energy Systems in the Climate Change Era; A Delicate Balance.
Online Advanced Start Business program courses taught: The Power of Sustainability; Pathways to Sustainability.
Masters of Environmental Science in Environmental Studies course taught: Climate Change and Resource Impacts.
Visiting Professor, Université de Cergy Pontoise (2014-2015)
J.D./LLM course taught: Environmental Business Law.
Selected Professional Experience
Executive Director, The Spring Network (February 2016 – present)
Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency (January 2014 – August 2015)
Consultant Project Coordinator, HELIO International (August 2015 – December 2015)
Blair-Hamilton Fellow, Northern Alliance for Sustainability (2013)
Research Associate, Institute for Energy and the Environment (2012 – 2014)
|·Barnsley, Ingrid, Amanda Blank, David Elzinga and Marie-Laetitia Gourdin (2015), How2Guide for Smart Grids in Distribution Networks: A guide to development and implementation of a smart grid roadmap, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·Barnsley, Ingrid, Amanda Blank and Adam Brown (2015), Enabling Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies: Opportunities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·Blank, Mindy and Kevin B. Jones (2015), “Strategic Rate Structures for Electric Vehicles: Using Smart Technology and Policy to Optimize the Transformation of the Transportation System”, Public Utilities Fortnightly, USA.
·IEA (International Energy Agency) (2015), Energy Technology Perspectives, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·IEA (2015), Tracking Clean Energy Progress, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·Barnsley, I. and Ahn, S-J., (2014), Mapping Multilateral Collaboration on Low-Carbon Energy Technologies, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·Jones, Kevin B. and David Zoppo (2014), A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies, Praeger, Santa Barbara, California.
·IEA (2014), Tracking Clean Energy Progress, OECD/IEA, Paris.
·IEA (2014), Energy Technology Perspectives, OECD/IEA, Paris.