Editorial BoardGreen Schools Catalyst Quarterly
Go Green Initiative
In 2002, Jill founded the Go Green Initiative, a 501©3 that is the global leader in environmental education, operating in all 50 U.S. states, 73 countries, and on 5 continents. In 2004, Jill established Buck Consulting, which helps businesses “go green”, and achieve profitability through sustainability. Jill is the host of “Go Green Radio,” a weekly program on the U.S.’s largest internet talk radio station, www.VoiceAmerica.com, and is co-author of the book, 47 Things You Can Do For The Environment. Jill Buck is an alumna of the University of Illinois, and after graduation, was commissioned a Naval Officer.
Green Schoolyards America
Environmental city planner, Sharon Danks, MLA-MCP, is founder and director of Green Schoolyards America. Since 1999, Sharon’s professional work and passion have focused on transforming school grounds into vibrant public spaces that reflect and enhance local ecology, nurture children as they learn and play, and engage the community. Her current work focuses on scaling up the living schoolyard movement and integrating school ground use, design and management with green urban infrastructure planning. An experienced leader in the green schoolyard field, Sharon has facilitated green schoolyard master planning processes for more than three-dozen schools and has shaped school districts’ approaches to schoolyard greening. She is the author of the book Asphalt to Ecosystems and an experienced public speaker. Prior to starting Green Schoolyards America, Sharon co-founded the International School Grounds Alliance and the design firm, Bay Tree Design.
Lisa A. W. Kensler, Ed.D.
Lisa A. W. Kensler is an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education at Auburn University. Her original training as an ecologist continues to shape her research interests. Lisa’s current research is focused on green schools and the leadership and learning required for transforming schools into more socially just, ecologically healthy, and economically viable communities that engage intentionally with the global sustainability movement. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to democratic community, trust, teacher leadership and whole school sustainability. She and Cynthia Uline have co-authored, Leadership for Green Schools: Sustainability for Our Children, Our Communities, and Our Planet.
Gerald A. Lieberman, Ph.D.
State Educaion and Environment Roundtable
An internationally-recognized authority on school improvement using natural and community surroundings as interdisciplinary contexts. In 1995, Dr. Lieberman founded and has since directed the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER). In 1997, he led the development of the EIC Model, an innovative educational strategy. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Lieberman served as the principal consultant for the State of California’s Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI). He serves of the California State Superintendent’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, and has been a major contributor to both California’s new Science and History-Social Sciences Curriculum Frameworks. Dr. Lieberman received his PhD and MA from Princeton University and his BA from UCLA. Previously he served on the executive committee of the National Education and Environment Partnership, operated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, and is a past chair of the Commission on Education and Communication of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Green Schools National Network
Cynthia (Cyndy) Merse is Director of Communications and Membership for the Green Schools National Network, managing the organization’s membership program and newsletter, blog, social media, and Catalyst Quarterly content. She is also owner of MerseCreative, a freelance writing and consulting business based in Knoxville, TN. Prior to joining GSNN and starting her own business, Cyndy worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she gained experience in research, data analysis, communications and outreach, and program development. She worked on several high-level, national scale projects that concerned children’s environmental health and healthy school environments including 1) the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign, a voluntary program that promoted responsible chemical management in K-12 schools and 2) developing a set of guidelines and a model program for state school environmental health programs. Cyndy obtained her Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Ohio University.
William R. "Bill" Orr, C.E.G.
William “Bill” Orr is a green schools thought leader. Bill was the Executive Director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) from 2009 to 2016. Under his leadership CHPS transitioned from a regional organization to a national program; expanded regionally-based initiatives to more than a dozen states; developed the US-CHPS Criteria for states that do not already have a regional adaptation; completed certification of over 300 school CHPS construction projects; and launched the Operations Report Card, a web-based benchmarking tool for the environmental performance of existing schools. Bill has been on the Green Schools National Network Advisory Board since 2010. Before CHPS, Bill worked for the state of California for almost thirty years where he managed the state Green Building and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing programs from 2000-2007. Bill served on the national LEED for Schools committee and was inducted into the California Green Schools Hall of Fame in 2007.
David Sobel, M.Ed.
Antioch University New England
David Sobel is Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education. He has authored eight books and more than 60 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 25 years. He is the author of Beyond Ecophobia, Place-based Education, Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators and Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors. His most recent book is Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoors Learning published by Redleaf Press.
Jaimie P. Cloud
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Jaimie P. Cloud is the founder and president of The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City. The Cloud Institute is dedicated to the vital role of education in creating awareness, fostering commitment, and guiding actions toward a healthy, secure and sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations. We monitor the evolving thinking and skills of the most important champions of sustainability, and transform them into educational materials and a pedagogical system that inspire young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.
Anisa Heming, LEED AP
Center for Green Schools at USGBC
Anisa Heming is director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2014, she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Sustainability by Green Building and Design Magazine. With a background in architecture, she began her work with USGBC in New Orleans, hired to assist with rebuilding the schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. After moving to Washington, DC, she launched the Green Schools Fellowship Program, which places and trains sustainability directors in school districts. As director of the Center for Green Schools, Anisa provides strategic direction to USGBC’s work in schools and coordinates an organization-wide team to promote environmental sustainability, health and wellness, and sustainability literacy in school systems around the world. She is a Little Rock native and holds a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Arch. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Wyck Knox, AIA, LEED BD+C
Wyck is a partner in the architectural design firm VMDO Architects, which specializes in high performance building designs for K-12 and higher education clients. He had led the design teams for many of VMDO’s most highly acclaimed K-12 projects – most recently, Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, the largest net-zero-energy school in the United States. VMDO’s work is consistently recognized by national educational and environmental organizations and the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools routinely identifies VMDO projects as exemplary examples of schools that effectively use the “building-as-a-teaching tool’ concept to promote stewardship, wellness and engagement. Wyck is the father of two elementary school children and lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Stephany Mason, Ph.D.
Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Dr. Mason is the Technical Director at CHPS, working to ensure that every child has the best possible learning environment with the smallest impact on the planet. Dr. Mason has participated in research and standards development related to IAQ, ventilation and sustainability for organizations such as ASTM, ASHRAE, and USGBC. Her prior experience includes Vice-President for Product Testing at Eurofins Air Toxics, Principal Scientist at UL Environment and research faculty member at GA Tech. She has a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University on carbon cycling in the ocean and the potential impact on the global climate.
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Sterrett is a former award-winning principal who now serves as a faculty member and program coordinator in the educational leadership department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His research includes principal preparation and support, teacher leadership, and school improvement. His recent green schools research has been published in journals such as the Kappa Delta Pi Record, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, and the Journal of Sustainability Education. He is the author of three ASCD books, including Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works. He holds a B.S. from Asbury College (KY) and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.