David W. Orr, Pioneer in Campus Sustainability, to Share His Insights on Innovation and Green Funding at 2016 TUFF Summit

The Chronicle of Higher Education called Professor David W. Orr’s work on The Oberlin Project as “… a model for fundamentally reshaping the American economy and its society.”

Professor David W. Orr’s impressive career spans from scholar to teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur in diverse fields such as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. Currently he is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and Special Assistant to the President the college.

We are honored that Professor Orr will share his insights about The Oberlin Project in an inspirational session , that is part of the Summit’s Innovating Projects Track, titled The Oberlin Project: Civic Innovation and Economic Renewal through Full-Spectrum Sustainability.

In addition, he joins an esteemed group of his colleagues for a panel discussion, Leveraging a Green Revolving Fund in Pursuit of Climate Neutrality The focus will be on The Billion Dollar Green Challenge which was created to encourage colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Panel members are a national cross-section of Challenge participants who will share their experiences with you. You’ll leave the session with a better understanding of:

Green revolving fund implementation

  • How to manage a green revolving fund on your campus
  • Green revolving fund lessons learned from leading institutions
  • Other successful programs for reducing campus emissions

Professor Orr’s many awards acknowledge his pioneering accomplishments in sustainability and environmental issues include The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize. He has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and the Bioneers. He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations. He is the recipient of multiple honorary degrees.

He also is the author of four books: The Last Refuge: The Corruption of Patriotism in the Age of Terror (Island Press, 2004); The Nature of Design (Oxford, 2002); Earth in Mind (Island, 1994); Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992) and co-editor of The Global Predicament (North Carolina, 1979) and The Campus and Environmental Responsibility (Jossey-Bass, 1992). He has published 120 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines.


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