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Cynthia Sterling

Putnam Science Center 276 • M-2001
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Cynthia A. Sterling, is an Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department. She earned her Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse from New Hampshire Community Technical College in Claremont in 2006. Before that, she earned her Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies and Yoga Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2004. She earned her Bachelor's in Geography, with an emphasis on Environmental Science, from Keene State College in 1990. She also minored in Dance at KSC.

In addition to her degrees, Ms. Sterling holds certifications as a Doula from Cheshire Medical Center in Keene; a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist from the Phoenix Rising Yoga Center, W.Stockbridge, MA; a Kripalu Yoga Teacher from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA; a Compost Technician from the University of Maine, Cooperative Extension: Agriculture, Orono, ME; and, a NH Solid Waste Transfer Station Operator from the NH Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH.

Her areas of specialization include Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, Community Planning, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Social Change, Integrative Holistic Health, Yoga Psychology and Mindfulness Studies. She has been involved with the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Steering Committee as Finance Chair; the National Geographic Society, NH Geography Awareness Week as a Coordinator; the National Council for Geography Educators; Hundred Nights, Inc. on its Board of Directors; the Keene Downtown Group; Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Yoga Alliance; Kripalu Yoga Teacher’s Association; Monadnock Buy Local; Solid Waste Association of North America; and, North America Hazardous Materials Management Association.

Before coming to Keene State, she was the founder and CEO of Impact Earth in Keene, which is a consulting firm specializing in environmental education, project management, event recycling, special waste collections, grant writing and administration. She was also the founder, CFO and COO of Sterling Studios, LLC, also in Keene, which is a yoga and healing arts cooperative providing classes, workshops, and private consultations. She also raised, harvested, and sold redworms for vermicomposting in schools in the 1990’s. She also established and ran a successful Greek pastry baking business for two years as an undergraduate and currently instructs yoga classes at national and regional conferences.

Further, Ms. Sterling was a columnist for The Monadnock Shopper in Keene; Vendor Coordinator, Composting and Recycling Crew Chie for the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, VT; Co-Director of RATS (Recycling Action Team Strategists) in Brattleboro; Treasurer, Finance Director and Membership Chairman of the Keene Downtown Group; Program Director , Grants Manager, Educator, Marketing, and Event Coordinator for the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro; Senior Solid Waste Management Specialist for The Northeast Rural Community Assistance Program in Gardner, MA; and, a Cartographer and Resource Management Planner for the Southwest Region Planning Commission in Keene. In 2006, she was given the Unsung Hero award by the Keene Rotary Club.

One of her favorite quotes from Martha Graham to Agnes Demille is “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to stay open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."

Ms. Sterling's publications and presentations include:

  • COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL: Agriculture in New Hampshire, 1990; Buy and Bye: The Rest of the Cycle, 2000; Feed It to the Worms: A Vermicomposting Geographic Curriculum Guide, 2001; Learning from Worms, 2002; Wormology 101: A Vermicomposting Curriculum for Middle and High School Teachers, 2006.

  • PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Waste Matters More Thank You Think, 2013, NHSTC, Meredith, NH; Worming Your Way Through Geo-Literacy, 2013, NHCSS, Manchester, NH; Residential and Commercial Composting Programs (Project COW), 2009, NRRA, Manchester, NH; Green Cleaning Recipes, 2008, NAHMMA, Burlington, VT; Spreading The Good Word: Innovative Education And Outreach, 2004, NRRA, Manchester, NH; Wide World Of Worms: A Curriculum Concept, 1997, SWANA, Kansas City, MO.

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