Elizabeth Courtney began her career as a printmaker and ceramicist. After moving to Vermont in 1974, she developed an interest in land use issues.
In 1979, she enrolled in the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated in 1982 with a Master’s
Degree in Landscape Architecture, she returned to Vermont to practice land use planning. Madeleine Kunin
appointed her to the Vermont Environmental Board in 1985 where she served three governors over nine years and
was chair from 1990 to 1994. She is a 1995 Harvard Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies. She served on
the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees from 1995-2004. Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Vermont
Natural Resources Council from 1997 to 2011 and the Legacy Project Director from 2011 to 2012, during which time
she authored, with Eric Zencey Greening Vermont: The
Search for a Sustainable State.