ESF Welcomes Highly Regarded Professionals as Summer Session Instructors

ESF is gearing up for an exciting Summer Session of online, on-campus, field, and international courses, and we are proud to include several of our region’s most accomplished professionals as 2012  Summer Session instructors!  Their knowledge and years of professional experience promise to greatly benefit the students enrolled in their courses.    Some of these instructors are featured below:

Gary Lim, who will teach Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship (FOR 106), brings a wealth of experience in both functional and general management—the first 20 years of which were spent in the high technology sector of Silicon Valley, California. He is the founder and president of the Aurarius LLC consulting firm, and has been personally involved with four start-up or turnaround companies over the course of his career.  Mr. Lim’s first book, The Road to Gumption: Using Your Inner Courage to Balance Your Work and Personal Life (Dorato Press, 2007), was an Amazon #1 Bestseller in its category.

Kevin Stack (principal) and Josh Stack (counselor of law) at Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC (NGBC), will co-teach Biomimicry and Resilience Science for Buildings, Communities and Complex Sustainability Initiatives (CME 496).  Kevin is an ecological builder, building scientist, and ecoliteracy educator who designs, teaches, and builds in nature’s image.  He lectures internationally as a Biomimicry Speakers Guild member and as USGBC LEED Faculty (CCS, Homes, Green Rater). Kevin holds certifications as an HERS Rater, LEED for Homes Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst, and Envelope Specialist.  Kevin was educated in forestry and biology at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University.  He began developing his Building in Nature’s Image framework and ecological performance standards more than three decades ago as founder of affiliated companies focused on ecological building, building science, verification and innovative constructability, and ecoliteracy. More recently, Kevin has educated thousands of architects, engineers, construction professionals, and students in biomimicry and sustainable construction across North America.  Josh is an attorney and counselor at law admitted to practice in New York State, an advisor in resilience, a Biomimicry Institute trained designer, and an alumnus of the Peruvian Rainforest.  He concentrates in resilience design, biomimicry, and advising clients on how to strategically apply sustainability science through his self-developed framework of coevolutionary design.  Josh was educated first in biology and living systems at Cornell University, and then in law at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law, the Cornell University School of Law, and the New York University College of Law.  He adapts this experience to create resilience and an ecology of life for buildings, cities, and complex/strategic sustainability initiatives.

Dave Eichorn will teach the online course, Climate Change Science and Sustainability (ENS 200), this summer.  Mr. Eichorn is a meteorologist with over 30 years of experience, including 19 years as Chief Meteorologist at WSYR TV Syracuse.  He has a specialized background in lake effect snowstorms and the atmospheric patterns that produce them, and has expertise in mesoscale atmospheric modeling.  Currently Mr. Eichorn is engaged in research on spatial analysis of atmospheric model output using GIS.  He has won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, for coverage of Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology.

Sean Vormwald will co-teach Sustainability Program Management (EST 496/696).  As the current Director of Sustainability at Onondaga Community College (OCC), Mr. Vormwald is uniquely qualified to teach this course, which focuses on the practice and theory of managing sustainability programs within organizational settings.  His role at OCC includes integrating sustainability into campus operations, encouraging sustainability-related curriculum development, and coordinating educational outreach programs.  In addition to his experience at OCC, Mr. Vormwald has also provided sustainability consulting services for municipal, non-profit, and business clients through his company Sustainable Transitions Inc., and has managed environmentally-focused public outreach campaigns for several non-profit organizations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from leading experts and practitioners this summer!  For more information on courses and how to register as an ESF or visiting student, visit

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