Nathaniel Thayer Wight grew up on the San Juan Islands, located in the northwestern corner of Washington State’s Puget Sound. Elementary school years were spent on Waldron Island where residents used renewable energy to meet their electrical energy needs and participated in sustainable agriculture and aquaculture practices to meet their biological energy needs.
After completing college Nathaniel accepted a job with the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. As a Peace Corps Volunteer Nathaniel worked to improve sustainable community agricultural and also worked in the local middle school. After the Peace Corps Nathaniel pursued a M.S. degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, and subsequently a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering through Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science where he focused his studies on the mutual benefits of green roofs and solar panels in urban settings.
Nathaniel lives in New York City where he works as a passionate environmental, energy and sustainability educator. Nathaniel coordinated the installation of a green roof on his school, where his Energy-Environment Research Club (E2RC) uses the venue to discuss urban ecosystems and environmentally sustainable practices.
Nathaniel is a founding teachers of Bronx Design and Construction Academy; received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in 2014; was Alliance for Climate Education Regional Teacher of the Year in 2012; received the Melville Award (The City Gardens Club of New York) in 2011 for his environmental education efforts; and is an Advisory Committee Member of New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) through the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.
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