Craig Westcott grew up west of Rochester, NY in the town of Hilton. He is the son of two teachers who worked in the school system both he and his sister attended. His love for nature began at a young age. He remembers spending much of his childhood outdoors exploring forests, visiting Lake Ontario, camping in the Adirondacks with his family, and fishing with his father and friends. At Ithaca College, Craig studied Environmental Studies, French, and Politics. After graduation, he spent several years teaching in Colorado before moving to Boston to receive his master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
In 2000, Craig accepted a position at the Darrow School, an independent school for grades 9-12 located in Shaker buildings on Mount Lebanon. He currently serves as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Relations as well as Sustainability Coordinator. Craig works with the school’s Living Machine System, which uses plants, bacteria, and other creatures such as snails to break down the toxic aspects of wastewater collected from the school’s drains and releases the clean water into the Wyomanock watershed. Craig hopes that through giving tours of the Living Machine, he can help the public think about the importance of sustainability and how natural systems found on Earth can be used to cut down on waste.