ROB WOOLMINGTON, BENNINGTON, VT

2009 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual leadership

As founding chair of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Rob helped establish one of Vermont’s flagship programs charged with a dual mission – conserving important open lands and creating affordable housing – that was unique in the nation. Rob set a high standard for integrating the mission and took the necessary risks to ensure that housing and conservation complemented rather than competed with each other. The result is Vermont Housing and Conservation Board’s strong record of success, with nearly 10,000 affordable housing units created and over 375,000 acres conserved.

Rob’s vision that housing and conservation were complementary public functions enabled the Board to support conservation that revitalizes our rural economy, while reinvesting in Vermont’s downtowns and village centers.

– Gus Seelig, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board