The Road Trippers
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is the co-founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign that organized the most widespread day of action on global warming in history.
Jean is in her Senior year at Unity College, with a particular interest in Wildlife (her major) and fungi (her hobby). In between leading nature walks and hunting for mushrooms, she’s heading to the Capitol with high hopes of Solar Power on the roof of the white house! Jean lives in East Granby, CT.
Jesse Pyles is the Sustainability Coordinator at Unity College where heâ€™s managing the schoolâ€™s greenhouse gas emissions reductions efforts. When heâ€™s not tracking utility use at his desk, heâ€™s helping students get recycling, compost, and garden work done on campus. His keen eye for public bathrooms was honed on the Audubon Expedition Institute bus and will prove an invaluable asset on the Road Trip. Jesse thinks solar on the White House would be a great start!
Amanda Nelson is a senior at Unity College with a dual major in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. She intends to pursue a PhD in Ecology from Tulane. Amanda hails from Virginia and tries to encourage others to live a “green” life. Sheâ€™s excited to show the world what Unity College has been up to.
Jamie Nemecek is a senior Sustainability Design & Technology student from southern New Hampshire. She loves nagging her friends about saving energy and has worked on education and outreach programs with the Sustain Mid-Maine and the Energizing a Community program. In a recent energy and energy efficiency lab, Jamie worked on restoring a Jimmy Carter solar thermal panel for museum loan. Sheâ€™s super stoked to spend four days in a van with McKibben.
Jason Reynolds is a self-employed general contractor, Unity College graduate, and native Mainer. Jason coordinated efforts to film â€śA Road Not Taken,â€ť including the transport of a Jimmy Carter solar panel to the Smithsonian Institute and the Carter Center in his grease-powered truck. Jason is the owner of jbuilt, a small contracting firm specializing in energy efficiency retrofits, timber framing, and custom carpentry; he is a certified energy auditor. Jason lives in Liberty, Maine and enjoys studying old barns, going to see live music, and he tolerates weeding.