Planning & Sustainability
Sara is a part-time staff member; she manages master planning; environmental conservation, land use and regulatory initiatives; guides the organization's resilience and sustainability efforts; leads land use history tours of the property, and also provides editorial and fundraising support. Sara led implementation at the Manor of Suffolk County's first nitrogen-reducing constructed wetland alternative wastewater treatment system, operating since 2017. Sara joined the Manor staff in 2013 as strategic director and conservation planner, after serving on the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm board from its inception in 2009. As senior project manager at Peconic Land Trust (2007-2013), Sara facilitated permanent preservation of Sylvester Manor's farmland and north peninsulas. Sara moved to the East End in 1998, worked in land use planning, and coordinated service learning and sustainability programs at Ross School and in the Sag Harbor schools. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an avid swimmer, boater, singer and fiddle player. Sara serves on Shelter Island Town's Green Options Committee, and the board of the Shelter Island Friends of Music. She lives nearby Sylvester Manor with her husband Peter Vielbig.