Abby Bleything Vermont Clean Cities Co-Coordinator

Abby Bleything is the Clean Cities Coordinator and Outreach Professional at the University of Vermont (UVM) Transportation Research Center (TRC). In her role she manages a state coalition and portfolio of activities to decrease the use of fossil fuels in transportation as part of the national Clean Cities initiative. Abby has worked in the transportation demand management (TDM) field for 7 years, with an additional 2 years working on sustainable community development. She has experience building comprehensive state-wide programs, drafting bike and pedestrian improvement plans, and conducting trainings on best practices for creating livable communities. Abby holds a M.S. in Urban Policy & Planning and and B.S. in Environmental Policy.

 Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco Vermont Clean Cities Co-Coordinator

Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco is the co-coordinator of the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition. She is also workforce outreach coordinator at UVM’s Transportation Research Center, working on FHWA grants that explore and develop career pathways in environmental transportation discipline, including shared mobility. She holds an MA from New York University. She is a year-round bike commuter, and advocate for safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure for all users.

Gabrielle Freeman Vermont Clean Cities Program Assistant

Gabrielle Freeman is the Vermont Clean Cities Program Assistant. Her work involves developing education and outreach strategies to support VTCCC’s various projects. Although she is new to the state of Vermont, she has studied environmental sciences and policy extensively in the U.S. and abroad in Sweden, Hungary, Greece, and France. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management from Central European University and a B.A. in Environmental Policy from Sewanee in Tennessee. Her research looks at different sustainability solutions for improved urban planning and development, including investigating cleaner and more sustainable transportation models. Outside the office, she loves spending time outdoors and can be found most weekends at a local climbing crag or ski slope.