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Elan ShapiroElan Shapiro

Elan Shapiro is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences, and a community educator, facilitator, and activist focused on initiatives that integrate justice and sustainability. He graduated from Columbia U. with a B.A. and from Sonoma State U. with an M.A. in Psychology and Wilderness Studies. He helped birth the field of Ecopsychology and worked closely with founding members of the Deep Ecology and Bioregionalism movements in the SF Bay Area in the 1980s and ‘90s.  He taught courses in these disciplines at JFK University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the College of Holy Names. He moved to EcoVillage at Ithaca in 1996, served as Education Director there, and helped coordinate the Ithaca College/Ecovillage Partnership for Sustainability Education, and, more recently, the Community Partnership component of the Committed to Change initiative. He co-founded Sustainable Tompkins, established the Neighborhood Mini-Grant program, works on a variety of community garden and food justice initiatives, and co-facilitates Talking Circles on Race and Racism. He believes that habitat destruction, climate disruption, and the plagues of poverty and racism must and can be addressed and solved - together. This work has recently come to fruition in a broad-based coalition and initiative, Building Bridges, dedicated to creating a just, thriving, and ecologically sustainable local economy in our region. His courses focus on building just and regenerative communities and lifestyles, whether through the lens of land-use, food systems, systems thinking, ecocity design, community development skills, behavior and culture change, or poverty and racism elimination. Half of each course engages students in the community as teams working on projects with dedicated guides.


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