Diane Milliken

Diane Milliken, MSResource Management and Administration
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Project Assistant, US Team
Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island Sea Grant

Since the completion of my degree program at Antioch, I have been working as a Residential Energy Consultant for Horizon-Residential Energy Services. I complete energy audits on existing homes, work with interested builders to ensure their homes will meet and/or exceed state Energy Code, Energy Star, Tax Credit or LEED standards. I also act as third party auditor on existing homes for financial institutions that negotiate Energy Efficient Mortgages. It is very exciting and rewarding work.

Research Interests

I grew up in part on the Maine coast, within arm’s length of the state’s largest salt marsh and compelling sandy beaches, where I developed an intrinsic sense of connection to the littoral landscape. My neighborhood, upon being discovered as an ideal “bedroom community” to Portland, experienced unprecedented growth and development, which changed not only the physical shape of the landscape, but fragmented its cultural and ecological identities. The increasingly plagued ecosystem in my backyard, and injured sense of community within my hometown, has inspired me to investigate holistic management approaches that thoughtfully integrate and support ecology, economics, culture, politics and advocacy in a way that benefits both the community and the environment. Based on the exact or comparable infrastructure of a special area management plan (SAMP), I would like to work with urban and rural coastal communities in not only New England, but the Tropics as well, to successfully assess, protect, utilize and plan the future use of their coastal resources. The SAMP will incorporate site-specific policy for citizens, businesses and all levels of government to take part in, and will include recommended actions for long-term cultural and environmental conservation, with an emphasis on livelihood, and floral and faunal habitat preservation and corridor creation. My work in the Tropics began with a field study trip to Honduras in May 2005.

Recent Professional Experience

Project Assistant, US Team
Coastal Resources Center/URI/RISea Grant, Narragansett, RI

Volunteer, Friends of Casco Bay
South Portland, ME

Communications Assistant
President’s Office, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Marketing and Circulation Associate
Cell Press, Cambridge, MA

Community Development and Public Relations Intern
The Richie McFarland’s Children’s Center, Stratham, NH

Office of the Executive Director, Intern
The Richie McFarland Children’s Center

Customer Service Liaison, Member of National Award-Winning Team
US National Passport Center, Portsmouth, NH

Peer Advisor
The Whittemore School of Business and Economics, UNH, Durham, NH

Advertising Committee, Chair, and Volunteer
Symposium, Conservation without Borders: The Impact of Conservation on Human Communities, The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, AUNE, Keene, NH

Budget Committee, Chair
Multi-Cultural Day, Smith Hall, UNH, Durham, NH


MS, Education 2006
Antioch University New England

BS, Business Administration, 2001
University of New Hampshire
Whittemore School of Business and Economics
Durham, NH

Irish Studies Program, 2000
National University of Ireland, Galway, IRL

Personal Accomplishments and Interests

UNH Mover and Shaker Award
Awarded to top 1% of students for positively influencing the University

Private Home Health and Hospice Caretaker
Maine and Massachusetts

Scarborough Marsh Steward
Scarborough, ME

Expanding my domestic and international travel experiences to include tropical locales for academic, work, and leisurely purposes.

Running, yoga, juggling

Animal welfare-ANWR, family history, espionage, adventure and travel writing, international food and wine

Ideal Job
To design an ecologically efficient tour for Pearl Jam