Sustainability & Ecology
I love the earth! Ok, I get that that sounds silly & irrelevant. But first and foremost, I want you to know how passionate I am about working to heal our relationship with the planet. This is critical work that needs to happen quickly. I also have extensive & non-traditional experiences with sustainability & ecology. My background in the sciences began during my undergraduate years where I earned a B.S. in Biology. I went on to teach middle school science (primarily earth & environmental science) for 5 years and during that time earned my M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Science Education. As such, I took graduate level environmental science courses alongside designing field trips for my middle school students to visit the barrier reef islands in Georgia and to explore drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The latter of these resulted in my students designing a whole school informational display exploring this issue from various perspectives & picketing the bus line prior to an all school debate on the issue. After finishing my Ph.D., I took a position in the Secondary Education Department at Western Washington University where my work has been focused on learning to leverage and embody principles of ecology in re-imagining and transforming our organizational systems, structures, and processes in ways that move us beyond systems designed in the industrial era. It's one thing to design an organization with a mission focused on sustainability. It's another thing entirely to create an organizational system & structure that mirror what we know about healthy, living systems. This has been my work, and I am excited to collaborate with others as we continue to evolve in our capacity to design organizations are more life-giving. I have drawn heavily on concepts from the field of quantum science (e.g. Margaret Wheatley), complexity theory, relational/interconnected theories (e.g. Gregory Bateson), indigenous philosophy (e.g. Robin Wall Kimmerer), and deep ecologists. In addition, I have taught and designed science courses as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies aimed at supporting students in both knowing more about the environment and, more importantly, transforming their relationship with the environment. For example, in an Urban Agriculture class I taught, students were asked to engage in several experiences that allowed them to explore their relationship with food & the food system and experience new ways of relating to these systems so they could see openings for transforming this relationship. This leads me to one final thought: When I completed my doctoral coursework at the University of Georgia, I distinctly remember having this question: "How is it that those who know more about environmental destruction than almost anyone in the world lead lives that look no different than those who know so much less?" It is critical that we continue strengthening our capacity to live in ways that embody the ecological, which is mightily different than knowing about ecology. I look forward to learning how to do this even more effectively in my work with you and your organization.
Imagining & creating what you love;
working with what you have.
 

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