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Sustainable Living Education National Network

Efforts are underway to link sustainable living educators through a Sustainable Living Education National Network of natural resource and extension professionals, who will investigate, educate, and model sustainable living practices to individuals, families, institutions, businesses, camps, and schools. Sustainable living embodies a thoughtful approach to leading fulfilling, productive, and environmentally responsible lives. Successful sustainable living balances economic, social, and environmental needs while meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations.

The sustainable living concept has the potential to be incorporated into every extension program area. Currently, sustainable living concepts are being addressed in programs such as housing development design, regional planning processes, and choices in consumption. A unified national network will give participants the tools to apply sustainable living concepts to more traditional extension topics such as energy and water conservation in the home, green design residential housing, money management, gardening and landscaping, small woodlot management, environmental education, youth leadership, outdoor recreation, and community capacity building.

Network vision:

  • share conceptual information about sustainable living education;
  • develop core curricula for different audiences;
  • cohesively integrate existing natural resource programming with a national and professionally-recognized sustainable living education program;
  • ensure top quality research-based education; and
  • encourage regular and consistent program evaluation.

Network goals:

  • develop and maintain a listserv;
  • enable network members to present at related conferences;
  • develop a Web site with a database of programs and materials;
  • implement a sustainable living program track at the next Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) conference; and
  • identify an initial project.

The network will use a holistic systems approach to education and problem solving, and will extend throughout the multiple disciplines of extension programming and university departments. It acknowledges that individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and schools share responsibility as stakeholders, and that ultimately, they will be the driving force in implementing solutions in their communities. The network focuses on flexible and practical solutions for its multiple audiences, and recognizes that incremental steps in the right directions will create momentum for positive change.

The Cooperative Extension System has a long tradition of educating people to manage natural resources. Sustainable living education brings a focus on managing people’s lives and seeking to create an essential ethical core to support sustainable management of natural resources. Sustainable living educators develop education programs, like Oregon State University Extension Service’s Sustainable Living Project, to help individuals make more informed consumer decisions and to provide educational tools for natural resources and cooperative extension professionals.

Network participants are:

  • Michelle Adamski, University of Florida
  • Leslie Allen, University of Nevada
  • Sharon Anderson, Cornell University
  • Mark Apel, University of Arizona
  • Marie Arnold, USDA-NIFA
  • Michael Bowers, USDA-NIFA
  • Almeshia Brown, West Virginia State University
  • Barbara Buffaloe, University of Missouri
  • Celeste Carmichael, Cornell University
  • Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of Illinois
  • Kyle Cecil,  University of Illinois
  • Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell University
  • Susan Cheng, Cornell University
  • Michael Crimmins, University of Arizona
  • Mary Crooks, Iowa State University
  • Greg Crosby, USDA-NIFA
  • Chris Demers, University of Florida
  • Michael Dietz, Utah State University
  • Susan Donaldson, University of Nevada
  • Catherine Elliott, University of Maine
  • Gretchen Ferenz, Cornell University
  • Jim Finley, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Eleanor Foerste, University of Florida
  • Duane Friend, University of Illinois
  • Brian Gates, USDA-NIFA
  • Erik Glenn, University of Arizona
  • Mindy Habecker, University of Wisconsin
  • Jerry Hembd, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Dan Hitchcock, Clemson University
  • Mark Hostetler, University of Florida
  • Mathew Howell, University of Georgia
  • John Jemison, University of Maine
  • Chris Jones, University of Arizona
  • Dwane Jones, North Carolina State University
  • Robert Kluson, University of Florida
  • Sharon Lezberg, University of Wisconsin
  • Lynn Markham, University of Wisconsin
  • Lauren McDonell, City of Aspen, Colorado
  • Nate Meyer, University of Minnesota
  • Martha Monroe, University of Florida
  • Shawn Morford, Oregon State University
  • Jay Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Cara Muscio, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey
  • Eric Norland, USDA-NIFA
  • Patt Opdyke, Oregon State University
  • Pat Buller Pearson,  Washington State University
  • Nancy Peterson, University of Florida
  • Maria Pop, Rodale Institute
  • Jon Prichard, University of Maine
  • Diana Rashash, North Carolina State University
  • Mike Reichenbach, University of Minnesota
  • Candice Rupprecht, University of Arizona
  • Will Sheftall, University of Florida
  • Darien Simon, University of Wisconsin
  • Viviane Simon-Brown, Oregon State University
  • Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine
  • Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri
  • Bob Sturtevant, Colorado State University
  • Linda Tannehill, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Mary Tebo, University of New Hampshire
  • Jack Thigpen, North Carolina State University
  • Stacy Thomas, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Louie Tupas, USDA-NIFA
  • Tom Worthley, University of Connecticut
  • Brooklyn Wynveen, Consultant 
  • Judy Yates, University of Florida, Retired


For more information, contact Greg Crosby.


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