Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry, Sustainable Maine Program Manager

Vanessa BerryVanessa got her start with NRCM as a member of the NRCM Rising Leadership Team in 2019. She uses her expertise in talking trash and sustainable materials management to build public support for policies that promote the Solid Waste Management Hierarchy. Prior to her role as the Sustainable Maine Outreach Coordinator, Vanessa spent nearly four years working directly with municipalities, schools, and local organizations to provide education and support on their waste reduction and diversion strategies. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and with a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from Unity College. Since purchasing her first home in Gardiner in the spring of 2021, she spends much of her free time enjoying the natural wonders of Maine along the Kennebec River with her partner and their energetic canine companion. 

My favorite way to enjoy Maine:
The most satisfying way to enjoy Maine is atop one of the incredible mountains in the Western Maine foothills. There’s nothing like leaf-peeping in early October from more than 3,000 feet! 

Why I Do This Work

"Maine has an amazing and unique landscape that offers us so much. There are very few places in the world that showcase the beauty of the ocean shores, the rugged mountains, the lush forests, and the peaceful lakes and streams in the same way. For those of us who get to enjoy it, there’s a sense of pride in its beauty, but we all share a heavy responsibility to care for it. I am so honored to be called to serve Maine’s environment and use my voice to preserve this magical place so that others can feel the same sense of wonder for generations to come."