Environmental Studies Program
Contact
Department Chair:
John Petersen

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:


Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

Location:
A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

David W. Orr

David W. Orr

Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College on Sustainability and the Environment

Contact Information

E-mail:


Office:
A J Lewis Center 210
(440) 775-8312

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Westminster College, 1965
  • Master of Arts, Michigan State University, 1966
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1973


David W. Orr

is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Adviser to the President, Oberlin College. He is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. He has authored nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to eight foundations and on the Boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Currently he is a Trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Worldwatch Institute. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and recently a “Visionary Leadership Award” from Second Nature. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as “the most important green building of the past thirty years,” and as “one of thirty milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the executive director of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.

Course:  ENVS 310  Ecological Design