Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Kim Greenwood as deputy commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
“I’m pleased to promote Kim to this new position,” said Governor Scott. “As we work to modernize and simplify our permitting system while protecting the environment, Kim’s years of experience helping organizations navigate the complexities will be beneficial to the Department and for Vermonters.”
Greenwood has been with the Department since 2015. In her role as environmental compliance division director, she worked with communities and businesses to provide information and guidance for compliance with Vermont’s environmental regulations. She demonstrated a commitment to clear, consistent and straightforward communication around these regulations to help Vermont businesses navigate and comply with these laws.
DEC is one of three departments in the Agency of Natural Resources. The Department exists to advance clean air, clean water, healthy and safe communities and efficient and effective government. Examples of the Department’s mission in action include Lake Champlain cleanup efforts, protecting Vermonters from chemical contamination in drinking water, supporting cutting-edge programs like the electric bus pilot program to reduce transportation emissions and encouraging sustainable development through investments in community wastewater and drinking water systems.
“Vermonters rely on DEC to protect our air, land and water,” said DEC Commissioner Emily Boedecker. “Safeguarding these natural resources strengthens our health, our economy and our communities. Kim’s breadth of experience in the private and non-profit sectors, and her comprehensive knowledge of DEC’s programs will enable her to hit the ground running. I am delighted to be working closely with Kim as we pursue these essential goals for all Vermonters.”
Kim grew up in East Randolph, working at her family’s farm equipment dealership L.W. Greenwood & Sons. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont. Prior to serving in state government, Greenwood worked at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, most recently as Water Program Director. She is an engineer with experience at Husky Injection Molding and Scitest Laboratories. Greenwood has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Vermont River Conservancy, Vermont Beekeepers Association and the Town of Duxbury cemetery and planning commissions. Kim lives in Duxbury with her husband Ian Ormon, where they run Camel’s Hump Honey.
Greenwood will step into her new role on November 4, filling the vacancy left by Rebecca Ellis who left the Department in March 2019.