W. Averell H. Bauder (Ave) has served as the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Seneca County since 2010. In addition to his oversight of all Association programming, he has particular interests and responsibilities for climate change and sustainable energy as well as Community and Economic Development. He serves as the co- chair of the Cornell Climate Change PWT, Chair of the Administrative Management Group for the Finger Lakes Grape Program, and is a member of the CCE System Strategic Planning Committee. Working with his 4-H staff, they formed Seneca GR&EEN (Generating Recycling and Energy Education Now) a teen peer education group in the areas of recycling, sustainable energy, and climate change. Prior to coming to CCE, Ave was the Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where he led eight post-Katrina service-learning trips with students to New Orleans. He also served as the Executive Director of the Seneca County and Finger Lakes Chapters of the American Red Cross, where he started Seneca Teens Accepting Responsibility (STAR) a national and state award-winning HIV/AIDS teen peer education group. Ave holds a BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Hobart College, and a MS in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. He resides in Willard, NY with his wife and two sons.