Dr. Cary Hauptman Gaunt received her B.A. in Art History with Environmental Studies Concentration, from Williams College in Massachusetts, her Master's in Geography from University of Maryland, and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. She also did a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in contemplative approaches to sustainability at Naropa University.
Dr. Gaunt focuses her academic and professional lens on supporting the cultivation of sustainable and thriving people and places. For more than 22 years she led sustainability and watershed management initiatives as a consultant to governmental and non-governmental organizations under the auspices of JRB Associates/Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She built an award-winning team known for developing integrative and innovative solutions to complex environmental/sustainability management challenges. This team, with Cary’s leadership, accomplished leading-edge tasks around the country including preparing one of the nation’s first comprehensive watershed planning guides, facilitating development of Nutrient Trading Guidelines for the Chesapeake Bay, and researching and writing Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place, which was selected by the American Library Association as "Notable Government Document in 2003.” For these and other efforts, Cary was awarded the prestigious Environmental Excellence Award for Project Management by SAIC.
Dr. Gaunt has a particular interest in the life journeys, qualities, and practices of successful sustainability leaders who really walk their green talk and it comprises the focus of her on-going research. She integrates insights from her research on sustainability leadership with her extensive professional experience to inform her teaching.
Dr. Gaunt tries to practice what she researches and teaches. She engages in many nature-based contemplative practices; volunteers as a wilderness rites of passage guide, outdoor educator, meditation facilitator; and supports community environmental committees and local interfaith ecological efforts. She supplements her academic sustainability and leadership training with nature-based approaches and has trained as a guide/group facilitator with the Animas Valley Institute, School of Lost Borders, Contemplative Outreach, and CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates. Dr. Gaunt inhabits the eastern foothills of Southern Vermont’s Green Mountains where she is slowly renovating an older house to be a carbon-neutral and net-zero energy home.