Greening Vermillion

PO Box 146

Vermillion, SD 57069


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The Team

Meghann Jarchow

Board Chair

Meghann is a South Dakota native; she grew up near Brandon, SD.  She came to Vermillion in July 2012 to be the coordinator of the Sustainability Program at USD.  As the coordinator she teaches some of the core courses for the sustainability major, administers the program, conducts research, and promotes sustainability work on campus and in the community.  Meghann’s research interests are in tallgrass prairies and how we can get more of them back onto the landscape.  Beyond her job at USD, Meghann spends most of her time hanging out with her family which includes her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.

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Maggie Pettersen

Board Vice Chair &


Raised in Vermillion, Maggie attended the University of South Dakota when tuition was $99 a semester. After a 2-year stint in New York City, she landed in the Washington, DC, suburbs, finally finding her calling as an editor. After 40 years, Maggie returned to Vermillion with all sorts of high-falutin’ ideas about green living. She joined the Sierra Club to help advocate for a trail along our magnificent Missouri River — and that's in the beginning stages in 2016. Maggie organized several summer film series and hikes for the public and jumped on the Earth Days bandwagon when it came through town. Supporting Greening Vermillion was the next logical step.

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Mark Daniels

Board Member


I'm grateful to be part of Greening Vermillion and it's efforts to honor and preserve this sacred Unci Make (Grandmother Earth) who nourishes and sustains me and all of us physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

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Sara Packard


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Jennifer Fierro

Board Member


Jenny Fierro is an Instructor of Earth Sciences at USD, where she teaches introductory geology labs. Her additional interests include the geology and environment of the coast and nearshore, particularly where human needs and policy overlap with coastal change. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, she inherited a deep regard for stewardship of natural places. Now settled in Vermillion, she is looking forward to living that value by helping Vermillion grow in a green way.

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Mark Sweeney

Board Member


Mark Sweeney is an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at USD. He teaches a variety of environmentally related courses, including several courses that support the Sustainability Program. His primary research focus is on the origin, transportation, and deposition of dust in deserts. Mark also conducts research on the Missouri River related to sedimentation, including issues at Lewis and Clark Lake. He enjoys mentoring students in Earth Sciences and hopes to help spread green ideas in the community.

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