Melissa Young

Melissa Young:  Ms. Young focuses on community sustainability and local leadership development, managing programs for technical assistance providers and community representatives. These responsibilities include building close relationships with local leaders in developing programs on public management and financing, sustainable infrastructure, water and wastewater infrastructure, sustainable materials management and sustainable agriculture. She organized EFC’s development of both nyfoodtrader.org and nyagtrader.org, two networking websites intended to encourage trade within NY’s rural economies. Ms. Young has trained in the field of composting; received a Certificate of Completion from the US Composting Council’s forty-hour course and is an Onondaga County certified Master Composter.  She received her Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she did her Masters Thesis on rural community sustainability in the Tug Hill Region of NYS. Ms. Young’s work in the Tug Hill Region allowed her to work directly with rural communities; including regional agencies, elected officials, and residents; that faced a multitude of infrastructure challenges. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and another degree in philosophy. Ms. Young has worked in forestry at the Willow Biomass Project in Tully New York , Tropical Forestry Initiative in Costa Rica, and with New York State Parks in Long Island. She is active in the Syracuse and Central New York Community and is the Chairperson of Slow Food Central New York.

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