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About Us

Over thirty years ago in 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." We at Skidmore endeavor to enact environmentally responsible practices, grounded in economic and social equity, and through our actions to have a positive impact on our community and our planet. 

Five photos highlight groups at the garden, in North Woods, at our compost piles, and at a zero waste event.



Meet Our Team

Tarah Rowse headshot


Director of Sustainability Programs and Assessment

Tarah Rowse (she/her) is an energy and sustainability professional that has worked across public, private, and nonprofit sectors as a researcher, professor, and manager. Tarah holds a Ph.D. in natural resources, with a focus on energy governance, from the University of Vermont, a M.S. (public policy and management) from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. (natural resource management) from Cornell University. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer, a political campaign manager, and an associate with the Nature Conservancy, with previous campus sustainability experience at the University of Vermont and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Tarah was the past Board Chair of the Agricultural Stewardship Association, a regional land trust conserving farm and forest land. Tarah, along with her husband and two daughters, returned to the area and built a net-zero energy home on the family farm.

Student Staff

North Woods Steward

Gucci smiles in a red hat and blue coat before a snowy landscape


Gucci Ginsberg '24
English Major
Peer Mentor



2024 Garden ManaGer

Roman smiles before a green background



Roman Grinevics '27




Compost Managers

Lisle smiles in garden shirt with shovel in hand


Lisle Jamieson '24
History & Political Science Major
Peer Mentor
Tori smiles in a jean jacket before a graffiti wall
Tori Adams '24
Art Major & Environmental Studies and Sciences Minor



Sustainability Interns

Beck smiles in a backwards hat and purple sweatshirt with green misty landscape.


Beck Hagopian '24
Political Science Major, Environmental Studies and Sciences Minor




Colson smiles in a grey shirt on a sunny day with blue sky.


Colson Warren '26
Environmental Studies and Sciences Major




Isabella smiles before a background of lush forest


Isabella Figlioli '24
Environmental Studies and Science Major




Mya Carter '24

Janel Delgado-Zambrano '26

Hayden Merz '24

Rachel Scholl '26

Read more about our work

The Sustainability Office sends out annual newsletters to the campus and Sustainability donors with updates on recent events and happenings.