River brings more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, and sustainability consulting fields to UMass Clean Energy Extension. Before coming to UMass, served as founder and president of Spring Hill Solutions, LLC, a clean energy and carbon management consulting firm based in Burlington, Vermont. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and an MFA in creative writing from University of Arizona. River is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He lives in Amherst with his children, Aviva and Pearl.