Seth Leitman

SHV Staff and Consultants

Seth Leitman

Seth Leitman (“The Green Living Guy”) is a leading online media presence for green living and electric transportation. PR Newswire considered his website the #2 worldwide for Green Living.
Seth’s experience in electric vehicle programs is extensive and relevant. He worked for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on marketing and managing alternative-fueled vehicle (AFV) and electric vehicle (EV) programs throughout the State of New York. At NYSERDA, Seth was the Project Manager for the Clean Fuel Bus Program that funded over $100 million to the incremental cost of alternative fueled vehicle buses. Seth also worked on the Green Building Tax Credit, green buildings and indoor air quality in schools (how mold and poorly managed schools affect children and asthma rates, an environmental justice issue). This demonstration program led to the EPA Green Schools program of which one of the schools reported is a top green school today.

In 2000, Seth worked for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) where he created the NYPA/TH!NK Clean Commute Program which leased 100 electric vehicles in the New York Metropolitan Area in October 2001. This program became one of the largest Public / Private partnerships of it kind. More importantly, it allowed for the expansion of the demand for electric transportation in the Northeast.

In addition, Leitman managed, developed and worked directly on the construction and implementation of 100 public charging station points in Five New York Counties (Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Westchester, Putnam) in 2001. These charging ports are now used in the 100 charging station program that was recently implemented with the New York Power Authority. In addition, this included the installation of 100 home chargers in those 5 Counties. This program was covered by USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and others. This is the largest electric vehicle station car program worldwide. While at NYPA, Seth also worked on the donation program for low speed vehicles.

The two companies involved were Global Electric Motor Cars (GEM) and the TH!NK Neighbor (previously from Ford Motor Company) across New York State. While sounding simple, it was the deployment of over 3,000 cars to more than 100 municipalities, college Campuses, City, Towns, Villages, Counties, Zoos and public gardens.

Seth is author of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, 2nd and 3rd Edition and Build Your Own Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle with TAB McGraw Hill; as well as Consulting Series (Green Guru Guide) Editor for Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle with TAB McGraw-Hill. In total, Leitman either authored, co-authored and/or Consulting Editor of nine books for the Guides.

Seth Leitman is also published with the Electric Power Research Institute and the US Department of Energy, in reports on the NYPA/THINK Clean Commute Program which he developed, secured funding for, managed and successfully implemented.

Our Team

Sustainable Hudson Valley
Board of Directors

David Dell, Ph.D. (Chairman)
thought leader in Sustainability

Perry Goldschein, J.D.
corporate sustainability consultant

Lucy Johnson
life consultant

Lee Anne Albritton
innovative community organizer

Jeffrey Domanski
multi-disciplined environmental professional

Kirk Jensen
30+ year career in life sciences

Victor-Pierre Melendez
environmental economics and community outreach

Staff and Consultants

Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Executive Director
Outreach and communications strategist

Seth Leitman
“The Green Living Guy”

John Wackman
Energy Outreach Program Manager

Hugo Jule–Quinntanilla
Promoter of energy savings

Hannah Karp
Communications Coordinator

Scott Lang
Certified Public Accountant