Planning & Sustainability
As planning and conservation consultant to Sylvester Manor, Sara guides preservation and land use initiatives, and oversees the Manor's pilot Clean Water Project alternative wastewater treatment system, including pursuing and managing grant funding for these programs. When not consulting to the Manor, Sara is engaged in permitting and regulatory initiatives to advance alternative wastewater treatment and other resiliency technologies throughout the region. Sara served on the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm board of directors from its inception, until joining the Manor staff in 2013 as strategic director and conservation planner. From 2007 to 2013 Sara was a conservation project manager at Peconic Land Trust, and facilitated the permanent preservation of Sylvester Manor's farmland and north peninsulas. After moving to the East End in 1998, Sara worked in land use planning on the South Fork, 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, singer and fiddle player. She lives on Shelter Island with her husband Peter Vielbig.