Alumni Lunch and Learn
Waynflete’s commitment to environmental sustainability is woven into our daily practices and operations. We are continuously exploring ways in which we may lessen our impact on the planet, reduce waste produced, and minimize our energy consumption.
Join us on Zoom as our panel of alumni professionals shares their experience working in environmental fields, and discusses their commitment to facilitating sustainable living and reducing ecological impacts on the environment.
Protecting the Environment: An Online Event
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Zoom information to follow
This online panel will feature the following alumni professionals:
Moderator: James Schroeder ’88
James Schroeder ’88 is the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Washington, where he manages the conservation, science, and real estate transaction teams to achieve durable solutions to our greatest conservation challenges. James has worked for The Nature Conservancy for 14 years, starting as the Director of Freshwater Programs in 2008. In that role, James helped launch a program to protect Pacific Salmon Ecosystems from Alaska to California. In 2014, as Director of Conservation, James led The Nature Conservancy’s largest land protection project in Washington, called the Great Western Checkerboard Project. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, James worked for National Wildlife Federation as the Senior Environmental Policy Specialist for the western division, for King County (WA) developing salmon recovery plans, and for the Washington Department of Ecology writing Shoreline Management Act guidelines. After graduating from Waynflete in 1988, James received his BA from Brown University in Bioethics and a joint Master’s of Science from Tufts University in Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy. James credits Kathy Remmel and David Vaughn, two Waynflete superheroes, for nurturing his love of biology and the natural world. While he still thinks of Maine as home, James lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, where he grows some of his own food, raises a few chickens, enjoys dark roasted coffee, and dreams of urban beekeeping.
Phil Armstrong ’03
Phil Armstrong ’03 is a clean power entrepreneur who works in the renewable energy space. He founded and is currently a Principal at North Star Renewables, which helps non-profit electric utilities and municipalities develop and buy renewable energy. After leaving Waynflete, Phil headed west and has lived in Colorado for most of the past 18 years. Previously, Phil has developed solar power plants, conducted research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, studied lake mud for forest fire research, worked as a geologist, and led mountaineering expeditions for teenagers. In his free time, Phil enjoys exploring the remote corners of the Rocky Mountains and western rivers. Phil holds a BA from Colorado College and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Emma Glidden-Lyon ’04
Emma Glidden-Lyon ’04 is an Associate in the Environment and Health Division of Abt Associates, a global consulting and research firm. She specializes in domestic environmental policy, economics, and stakeholder engagement, with a focus on water resources and natural resource socioeconomics. Emma attended Carleton College and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
John Herter ’97
John Herter ’97 has spent the past 17 years working for companies specializing in valuing the natural environment or accelerating the commercialization of clean energy technology. Currently, John is a Senior Consultant at LucidCatalyst where he advises national and state governments on the challenges related to deploying the necessary infrastructure for decarbonizing the electric power sector. He also advises multinational corporations on the energy storage market and manages an array of projects related to regulatory, financing, and project delivery barriers in the advanced nuclear sector. John’s previous professional experience includes advancing energy storage policy in California, helping develop large solar and energy storage projects, and developing sea level rise simulation tools for the EPA’s Climate Change Division.
Rebecca Lambert ’98
Spurred by fierce love for her children and the Earth, Rebecca Lambert ’98 co-founded the Equation Campaign to invest in the power of frontline communities standing up against the fossil fuel expansion. Rebecca graduated Waynflete in 1998, received a BA in anthropology from Brown University in 2003, and earned a Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2008. Living in Maine most of her life, Rebecca has worked in land conservation, renewable energy promotion, and briefly worked in climate and energy policy before training to be a nature-based guide, offering retreats for environmentalists and others to reconnect with the land. She serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Family Fund and the David Rockefeller Fund. Her three-year-old and eight-year-old children offer daily inspiration for her climate work.
Nate Niles ’10
Nate Niles ’10 is Director of Development at ReVision Energy, where he manages the planning, permitting, and engineering of commercial-scale solar projects located across northern New England. In his 5 years at ReVision, he has seen the company nearly double in size and experienced the powerful effects of a new, progressive state renewable energy agenda. Nate attended Bowdoin College and studied Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences and Economics. As an undergraduate, he discovered his passion for the intersection between the economic and environmental disciplines.
Noah Oppenheim ’05
Noah Oppenheim ’05 is a marine policy professional. He became SCUBA certified alongside David Vaughan, catalyzing lifelong personal and professional interests in the ocean. He’s spent a year working in Congress, a year at sea, and participated in the launch of over two dozen environmental lawsuits on behalf of commercial fishermen and the conservation of fish habitat. He lives in Brunswick with his wife Melanie and dog Muggins, where he runs his consulting firm Homarus Strategies. He has a BA in biology from Reed College and Master’s Degrees in marine biology and marine policy from UMaine.
Addie Thompson ’08
Addie Thompson ’08 works in Environment + Climate Initiatives at Apple, managing the company’s philanthropic grant portfolio for environmental causes. Previously, Addie was a part of the Nature, Climate & Energy team at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she led advocacy for Indigenous communities working at the forefront of climate action and biodiversity conservation. She also worked at both Nike and Patagonia crafting digital advocacy campaigns around environmental activism, sustainability and women in sport, and started her career at Ashoka, finding and funding leading social entrepreneurs. Addie holds a BA in International Development from Brown University, as well as an MPA from Columbia SIPA in Sustainability and Climate Policy. She loves being outside (trail running, climbing, backpacking — you name it!) and co-hosts a podcast on representation, access and inclusion in the outdoors.