Sherrie Gruder is a Sustainable Design Specialist and Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. She provides statewide education and technical assistance on sustainable community development, sustainable energy strategies and green building to Wisconsin communities, local and state governments and businesses. She also manages the statewide Energy on Wisconsin program for UW-Extension with the State Energy Office, providing information, education, technical assistance and funding to help communities move toward energy independence. Her work enhances energy and sustainability literacy based on critical thinking about the relationship of energy with issues such as cost, human and environmental health, economic development, local self-reliance and climate change.
Gruder served on the renewable energy board of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program for eight years and on the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence committees developing and implementing the Energy Independent Communities program. Gruder is a LEED™ Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), served two terms on its Government Core Committee and is on the Market Leadership Advisory Board of USGBC-Wisconsin (formerly WI Green Building Alliance). She is co-leader of the UW-Extension Sustainability Team and has trained in Sweden on The Natural Step.