Kaitlin Hayes

In her time spent at Vermont State University (VTSU) Castleton, alumni Kaitlin Hayes was able to pursue an Environmental Science degree, with minors in Math and Biology.

“VTSU Castleton helped to forge my initial passions for water-related issues, both regarding quality and quantity,” said the 2012 graduate.

From VTSU, Hayes went on to Clarkson University to study hydrologic modeling and completed an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering. This provided an in-depth, scientific understanding of watershed and stream dynamics.

While completing her degree at Clarkson, Hayes realized she was yearning to study urgent water issues that impact local communities. This realization led her to Vermont Law School, where she completed an MS in Environmental Law and Policy, with a focus on water resource law.

Since graduating, Hayes worked with Vermont Natural Resources Council for the 2016 legislative session as their legislative intern, tracking the progress of environmental bills and doing legal research. Vermont Natural Resources Council aims to enhance and protect Vermont’s natural environments.

“Water quality has truly become a passion of mine, and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively in the pursuit of knowledge related to this topic,” said Hayes, “I am eternally grateful for my professors, advisors, and peers for always providing insight and opportunities along my academic journey. I hope to continue to work towards improving Vermont’s water quality following the completion of the session with VNRC. I love this state and greatly look forward to a career maintaining and restoring our natural resources.”