Valerie Esposito completed her Ph.D. in Ecological Economics and Natural Resources from the Gund Institute in the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont in 2009. Valerie is very interested building sustainable communities, both locally and globally. She is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and does private consulting.

In the past few years she has had a leading role in planning events to raise awareness about climate change at UVM and has also been active in the Burlington Localvore community. In her doctorate work, she worked with indigenous communities in Peru to examine the impacts of a natural gas pipeline, as well as with small landowners involved in the
Payments for Ecosystems Services program in Costa Rica.


She also examined the effect of service learning classes on student understanding of systems thinking and complex environmental problem-solving. She previously worked as the director of a non-profit organization that provides preschool services to low-income children, and as the supervisor of a social service program.


Valerie received her BA from American University and Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University.

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