Abby Bleything Vermont Clean Cities 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.

Glenn McRae UVM TRC Associate Director

Glenn McRae has spent the last 25 years creating and implementing programs and initiatives in Vermont that build capacity and empower people to more fully participate and engage in their community, their enterprises and their government. Building resources to support an effective workforce in Vermont’s nonprofit sector has occupied much of the last twenty years. In 2011, he joined the UVM Transportation Research Center as Outreach Manager focusing his efforts on the needs of a 21st century workforce in the transportation sector. He served as the Executive Director of the Intervale Center, a steward of a 350 acre center in Burlington that develops farm- and land-based enterprises building community food systems. He was the Director of Public Policy Development at the Snelling Center for Government where he developed a graduate internship program in partnership with the MPA Program.

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.