David W. Orr
Monday, March 13th - 9:00 AM
"What can educators do to foster real intelligence?... We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation, and wildness." - David W. Orr
David is “Counselor to the President” at Oberlin College and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus. He is the author of eight books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. His first book, Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), was described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin. A second book, Earth in Mind (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E.O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry. His eighth book, Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency was published by Yale University Press in the fall (2016). He has authored over 220 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.
In the past twenty-five years he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations and on the Boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bioneers, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently a Trustee of the 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, leadership awards from the U.S. Green Building Council (2014) and from Second Nature (2012), and a lifetime achievement award from Green Energy Ohio.
He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, 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,” as “one of thirty milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy, and as one of “52 game-changing buildings of the past 170 years” by the editors of Building Design +Construction in January, 2016. He is the founder and Chair of the Board of the Oberlin Project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.