David W. Orr

David W. Orr

David W. Orr is “counselor to the president” at Oberlin College and Steven A. Minter fellow at the Cleveland Foundation. He was formerly the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics.

He is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse, and coeditor of three others. He has authored more than 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.

In the past 25 years, Orr has served as a board member or adviser to 10 foundations and on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is a trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the WorldWatch Institute. He has been awarded eight honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, a “Visionary Leadership Award” from Second Nature, and an award for leadership from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Orr has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities worldwide. 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 30 years,” and as “one of 30 milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy. He is founder and chair of the board of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.

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