Bordertown is an ongoing conversation about resiliency, equity and justice. We record every Thursday 4:30-5:30 at Rabble-Rouser, 64 Main Street, Montpelier, VT

Episode #39 Tom Sabo

In this episode we welcome Tom Sabo, Educator and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Systems.

Tom is an award-winning high school teacher, leading sustainability educator, prominent local food activist, and most recently the founding executive director of the Center for Sustainable Systems. He is a chief architect of a model of service learning that integrates curriculum through a school greenhouse and gardens that provide food for the school system’s lunch program, using soil derived from the cafeteria food scraps.

Sabo is a member of the state-wide Farm To Plate Education and Workforce Development Group, and serves on the Vermont State Standards Advisory Board for science. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Central Vermont Food Systems Council and co-chairs the Food Education Committee. Through this work, he coordinates the Growing Local Fest, an annual community celebration that promotes local food and music, while raising money for school gardens.

Tom is a 2009 recipient of the Milken National Educator Award and a 2011 Rowland Foundation Fellow. He has taught biology and environmental science at Montpelier High School for the past 24 years and holds an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Music for this episode: "Storms" & "Been Down This Road" by Railroad Earth

  • Michele Braun - ED, Friends of the Winooski - (recorded 12/5/19)
  • Libby Bonesteel - Superintendent, Montpelier School District - (recorded 12/12/19)
  • Richarda Ericson - Dev./Outreach Director, Vt River Conservancy - (recorded 1/2/20)
  • Bonnie Waninger - ED, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission - (recorded 1/9/20)
  • Buzz Ferver - ED, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission - (recorded 1/23/20)
  • Alan Lepage - ED, Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission - (recorded 1/30/20)
  • Carrie Riker - North Branch Nature Center - (11/14/19)