Amanda Sardonis
 
My family and I moved to Montpelier in late 2020. We left Boston during the first summer of the COVID-19 pandemic to be closer to our family in Vermont. I became a member shortly after moving to Montpelier. 

My areas of expertise are climate policy, sustainability practices, and partnership effectiveness. I have a masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management and am well-versed in carbon accounting and the various industry standards and tools to measure and disclose environmental and social performance.  

My previous board service included four years on a nonprofit childcare center board with two years as treasurer. During my time on the board, we oversaw a merger of six affiliated childcare centers under one parent organization, establishing a governance model, standardizing staff salaries and benefits, and hiring a new executive director.  

I have a broad interest in how institutions, large and small, local and global, address the urgent threat of climate change. The reason I joined the Hunger Mountain Co-op Carbon Neutrality Committee last year was to support the Co-op’s goal of reducing direct emissions from operations and strengthening local food systems. Through serving on the council, I hope to be involved in a broader range of operations and activities – including strategic planning and visioning as Hunger Mountain Co-op considers the next 50 years of operation.  

I bring operational and managerial experience to the table. I have worked across constituencies, departments, and sectors. I have run research projects, established and stewarded partnerships, and organized educational programs. I have experience in the areas of climate change and sustainability communication.  

Climate change will impact every system we depend on including agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and health. The Co-op should have a climate action plan that includes short-term actions and long-term goals. When the Co-op undergoes its next round of strategic planning, the council should take some time to reflect, on the record, on the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan for future (and possibly more severe) disruptions. As the Co-op looks to increase the variety and amount of local food available for purchase, we should recognize the challenges to continued growth in the local and regional food system—and our role in that system.  

The Co-op is a leader in local producer engagement, and we should consider how we might share this expertise and knowledge with others—local producers, other retail stores, community organizations, government agencies, etc.  
 
To view Amanda's introduction video, click here.
  

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