Nicole Ballinger has more than a decade of marketing and outreach experience. Her work includes marketing strategy and project management, content development, graphic design, and media relations. She has experience working with technical staff (energy and water quality experts), government agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and subcontractors. She can manage projects from concept to final production and evaluation. Her specialty is delivering scientific and environmental information to the public.
In addition to her independent work, Nicole is employed by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) as a marketing project manager on the Efficiency Vermont project. Her focus is on marketing energy efficiency solutions to businesses throughout Vermont. Prior to VEIC she was the Lake Champlain Basin Program's (LCBP) Communications and Publications Coordinator, where she served as the webmaster and lead staff on communications projects. While at the LCBP she worked on the "Champlain 2000" and "Champlain Connection" news partnerships with WPTZ News Channel 5 television (Plattsburgh, NY / Burlington, VT). This partnership garnered several awards, including a US Environmental Protection Agency Merit Award, and the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention.
Nicole served on the marketing committee for the 2009 Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission and is a former Board member of Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs and Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont. She also served on the Regatta for Lake Champlain planning committee.
Nicole holds a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Studio Art from Skidmore College. Prior to moving to Vermont in 1995, Nicole was an Interpretative Park Ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas and North Cascades National Park in Washington.
She resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Peter Warner.