Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran is Professor of Environmental Studies
and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also
director of the
Environmental and Sustainability Education. He has served as
Coordinator of "University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future," an
ecological literacy course required of all students. He is a past
president of the North American Association for Environmental Education
and immediate past chair of the Ecological and Environmental Education
Special Interest Group of American Educational Research Association.
Peter is active in international environmental education,
with particular research interests in the Central Asian Republics and
South Pacific Island Nations. He has written on environmental
philosophy, community education, wholistic education, and the philosophy
and pedagogy of environmental education. In addition, Peter is a Senior
Fellow at the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable
Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran was appointed to the EEI Board in 2009.
Joyce DiBenedetto-Colton holds a Masters degree in Adult Education, a
Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention from
Florida International University’s Stemple School of Public Health, and
a Certificate in Environmental Studies from FIU. She maintains her
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation through the
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Joyce retired
from Miami Dade College (MDC) in 2014, where she served for more than
thirty years in both teaching and administrative roles. Joyce taught
courses in Energy in the Natural Environment and Preparing for Student
Success. In 1998 she received Recognition for Innovation of the Year by
the League for Innovation in the Community College, for her
collaboration in establishing the award-winning Eco-Urban Honors
Program, a college-credit residential program for students located at
the historical Miami River Inn in East Little Havana. Joyce has worked
to help establish a number of innovative programs at MDC since 1975,
including the Environmental Center at Kendall Campus which broke ground
in 1978. In 2000 she served as Director of the Earth Ethics Institute
(formerly Environmental Ethics Institute) and also served as Coordinator
for the College’s Animal Ethics Study Center, receiving the 2003
Innovation in the Study of Animals and Society Award for Excellence
presented by the Humane Society of the United States. Her work in the
general community focuses on food security, organic gardening and
vegetarian nutrition. She is a member and seasonal resident of the
Narrow Ridge Center and land trust in Tennessee. When not at Narrow
Ridge, she resides in North Florida.
was appointed to the EEI Board in 2014.
Edwards received his Ph.D. in chemical-physics at Harvard
University. He taught/researched at the American University of Beirut,
Lebanon, Cal State Northridge, and the California Institute of
Technology before moving to the U.S. National Science Foundation. After
17 years of government service Larry finally realized the depth of
today's crisis and left NSF to live and teach at Genesis Farm in
Blairstown, NJ. He continues to teach there as well as at the
California Institute of Integral Studies and the
Dominican Ecocentre in Wicklow City, Ireland.
Dr. Edwards was appointed to the EEI Board in 2005.
Lotker is the Chairperson, School of Continuing Education &
Professional Development (SCEPD) at the
Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. Prior to his
work at the Wolfson Campus, David was Program Manager at SCEPD of the
Campus, where he managed the
Kendall Campus Environmental Center, a nine-acre, educational native
nature preserve. The Environmental Center features a Visitor Center
awarded LEED Platinum, a pristine lake, an endangered pine rockland,
hammocks, butterfly gardens, native plantings, an organic garden, and a
variety of animals and serves the MDC community as well as the greater
community of Miami-Dade county. David serves on the
MDC College-wide Sustainability Steering Committee as well as the
Wolfson Campus Green Team.
Lotker was appointed to the EEI Board in 2013.
Moyer served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to the Earth
Ethics Institute (EEI) at Miami Dade College in
2009-10, where she helped establish
Organic Produce Services (CROPS) an organic produce purchasing
cooperative with a sliding membership fee based that serves the Miami
Dade College community. Upon completion of her service at EEI, Madelyn
was accepted into the Catalyst Project’s Anne Braden Anti-Racist
Training Program in San Francisco, a four
month political education and leadership development program designed to
support the political development, skills, and analysis of white
activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers
building multiracial movements for justice.
During her time there she interned with the Chinese Progressive
Association, supporting their work around immigrant and workers' rights.
Currently Madelyn is a New York City Teaching Fellow. She started her
training in June 2011 and now is working full
time as an Earth Science and Marine Science teacher at
Bedford-Stuyvesant Preparatory High School, in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
Brooklyn. Madelyn Moyer was appointed to the EEI
Board in 2011.
Dr. Jack Parker is a Founding and Emeritus Professor at Florida
International University (FIU). He Received a B.S. in Chemistry from
Emory University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University
of California at Berkeley. His research interests focus on ecological
landscaping, passive solar cooling, energy and resource conservation,
energy policy and environmental education. Dr. Parker received American
Forests’ Research Medal for his pioneering studies of energy
conservation landscaping, the Distinguished Service Award from the
Florida Board of Regents for his work in the community and the FIU
Service Medallion for 35 years of outstanding university service.
Dr. Parker was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.
Rowe is Senior Advisor at Second Nature and a Senior Fellow at the
Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, where she
helps higher education institutions integrate "sustainability literacy"
into curricula, student life, operations and community partnerships. She
is the Higher Education Co-Chair of the
Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Rowe is the Co-Coordinator of the Higher Education Associations'
Sustainability Consortium. She is also the energy and sustainability
consultant to a National Science Foundation funded Electronic
Environmental Resources Library. Dr. Rowe has been professor of
Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy Management and Behavioral Sciences
for over 26 years at Oakland Community College. She was Interim Dean of
Applied and Engineering Technologies in 2002-2003, and won the
Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. She consults with colleges
nationally, has numerous publications and is often a keynote speaker at
conferences. Debra Rowe received her Ph.D. in Business, her M.B.A., and
her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Debra's B.A. is
from Yale University.
Dr. Rowe was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.
Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, and an attorney.
She currently serves as the director of the
Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry
University School of Law. Previous positions Sister Pat has held
include director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College,
engaging students and staff in programs and workshops in Earth Literacy;
staff attorney for the Voting Section of the United States Department of
Justice, Civil Rights Division; and legal services attorney for migrant
farm workers in South Florida. Sister Pat has also served in community
organizing with the African-American community in rural Tennessee, in
parish ministry with the Latino community and elementary education. She
served on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Congregational leadership team
from 1988 – 98.
Pat holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law,
Boston; a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at
Austin; and a Master in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names
University, Oakland, California. Her B.A. is in History and Political
Science from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. Pat is a
member of the Michigan and Florida Bar. Pat Siemen
was appointed to the EEI Board in 2011.
Dr. McGregor (Mac) Smith,
at Miami Dade College,
several programs at the college including Life Lab, the
Environmental Demonstration Center at Kendall Campus, and the Environmental
Ethics Institute. It was
decided in 2003 that the purpose and mission of the Institute would be
more accurately conveyed by changing its name to “Earth Ethics
McGregor Smith Jr. presented the seed of an idea to the (then) MDCC
Board of Trustees with the vision that it could grow into a
self-supporting Environmental Demonstration Center. In 1978 a group of
committed staff, faculty and community members broke ground and planted
that seed. From that ground on the west side of Kendall Campus the
Environmental Demonstration Center (EDC) sprouted. The EDC was a
Wolfson Campus program but it was located adjacent to Kendall Campus.
following ten years, the Center grew, developed and evolved into a
unique tree with branches for an Owner-Builder Center, a Landscape
Center, a Tropical Lifestyle Center, and a Nature Center. In addition to
these, by 1989 Mac Smith and Norma Watkins had established the
Environmental Ethics Institute that offered credit and non-credit
courses in Earth Literacy. And by that time, the Institute’s roots had
already spread beyond Miami Dade College, to St. Thomas University in
Miami, to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and to the
Highlands Center in North Carolina.
Latin America director of the Bridges Across
Borders (BAB) program in Jacque, Panama.
Bridges Across Borders is
an international, non-governmental organization that was formed to
address the root causes of violence and hatred in the world.
working to dissolve the imagined and imposed borders that separate by:
1) encouraging a cooperative spirit that builds understanding of
our global community 2) supporting projects
that lead to sustainable economic self-sufficiency
3) preserving ancient cultures and ancient species
4) teaching creative non-violent methods of
resolving conflict 5)
and promoting universal principles of human rights.
Maria champions the Sea Turtle Preservation Program’s capacity which
pays local people to preserve and protect sea turtle nest sites and aid
the little turtles in reaching the sea. The money allows locals to
replace the turtle eggs, a staple of the local diet, with chicken eggs,
encouraging local small businesses and ensuring that an important food
source is not lost in the process of ecological conservation. BAB has
250 nests and each nest in the program releases 100-150 baby turtles
into the wild, of which only 1or 2 will survive to maturity to return
and breed on the beach at Jaque. Ana Maria is an
artist and musician who tells the Universe Story through paint and song.
Ana Maria was appointed to the EEI Board in 2005.
Dr. Mitzi Wood-Von
served as the director of
Narrow Ridge Earth
Literacy Center (NRELC) in Grainger County, Tennessee since 2008.
NRELC was established to study, teach and demonstrate sustainability and
has a mission of providing experiential learning of Earth literacy.
Mitzi earned a Doctorate of Psychology from Nova Southeastern University
in 1997 and practiced as a Clinical Psychologist until she became
Director of NRELC in 2008. She received Vision Fast training from Bill
Nickle as well as the School of Lost Borders and has served as Vision
Fast guide at NRELC since 2006. She currently serves as a member of the
Board of Directors of Just Connections which brings together people from
communities and colleges in Appalachia for service-learning, research,
and collaborative action that will empower communities for social,
economic and environmental justice. Mitzi is a singer and songwriter and
member of the east Tennessee trio, The Emancipators.
Wood-Von Mizener was appointed to the EEI Board in 2009.
Institute Elders - Previous Earth Ethics
Institute National Advisory Board Members
Ordenes began her environmental career as a Policy Representative for
The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter in Tallahassee working on
legislative appropriations and land management policy. She also held
the position of director of the Trust for
Public Land’s South Florida & Puerto Rico Office where she designed and
implemented a regional strategy to acquire and develop land for the
public to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, and natural areas by
raising capital, negotiating land deals, and securing public and private
She worked in the public sector as Lead Intergovernmental
Representative for the South Florida Water Management District where she
handled local government relations in Miami-Dade County on flood
mitigation, water supply, ecosystem conservation, and water quality
protection. While in the philanthropic sector, Ms. Ordenes played a
leadership role within the Turner Foundation in Atlanta to organize
multiple grantees and contractors, develop a marketing strategy, and
formulate policy objectives on a state-wide ballot initiative and
legislative campaign relating to land, water, and historic
Audrey Ordenes served on the EEI Board from 2003-2013.
Deena Blazejack is
Professor Emeritus of English at Miami Dade College
and helped found the Earth Ethics Institute’s EcoUrban program,
an interdisciplinary, residential honors program in downtown Miami for
which she was awarded Recognition for Innovation of the Year by the
League for Innovation in the Community College.
Blazejack served as the EcoUrban Program's residential faculty member.
In her retirement Deena is enjoying her organic kitchen
garden, meditative walks on the beach, riding her bike and devoting time
each day to writing. She is currently working on a novel and is Artist
in Residence at Deering Estate. She
Deena Blazejack served on the EEI Board from 2000 - 2011.
Linda Brady served on the EEI Board from 1997 - 2003.
(Dan) Daniels, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at
Southwestern College, served on the Earth Ethics Institute National
Advisory Board until his death in December 2009. Dan developed a strong
interest in the interconnectedness of fields of knowledge. In 1998, he
and a colleague co-founded the Southwestern College Bridges Conference
on connections between mathematics and art. Dr.
Daniels was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board members.
Dr. Daniels served on the EEI Board from 2000
Iannone served as the Dean of St. Thomas University’s School of
Theology and Ministry until his retirement in April 2010. A graduate of
the University of Notre Dame and St. Michael’s College, Dr. Joseph
Iannone has published a number of articles on family religious
education, parish theology issues and peacemaking.
His legacy at St. Thomas University includes adding an environmental
justice approach to the curriculum, relating it to economic and
social/human realities, and establishing the Center for Justice and
Peace, which has local, regional and international ramifications.
Dr. Iannone was one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board Members.
He resides in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Iannone served on the EEI Board from 1999-2010.
Historian; and the Founder of The Black Archives, History and Research,
Foundation of South Florida, Inc. She is a graduate of Booker T.
Washington Jr.-Sr. High School in Miami’s Overtown. She earned a
bachelor’s degree at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia; a master’s
degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern
Colorado, and a doctorate in Public History from The Union
Institute/University, Cincinnati, Ohio. A Woodrow Wilson Teacher’s
Fellow she studied at Princeton University. Formerly a school librarian,
reading teacher and educational specialist she was an educator with the
Miami-Dade County Public School System for forty years.
Jenkins-Fields served on the EEI Board from 2000-2001.
Miriam Therese MacGillis is the director of
Genesis Farm, which she
co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation in
Caldwell, NJ. In 2005 she received the
Thomas Berry Award. In 2007 Grist magazine named her one of the
world’s top 15 green religious leaders. She lectures extensively and has
conducted workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.
She resides at Genesis Farm in New Jersey. Miriam MacGillis was one of
the founding EEI National Advisory Board Members.
The Fate of the Earth
Miriam MacGillis served on the EEI Board from 1994 -
Emeritus, taught at Miami
Dade College and served collaboratively with Norma Watkins and Mac Smith
to establish and direct the original Environmental Ethics Institute
(EEI). In addition, Tim McGuirl served as one of the founding EEI National Advisory Board
Professor Tim McGuirl served on the EEI Board
from 1997 - 2005.
Dr. Ross McCluney is a research
physicist, writer, and consultant, who served
as Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC),
a research institute of the University of Central Florida, from 1976
through 2007. Before joining FSEC, McCluney worked as an oceanographer
for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His research has ranged from
ocean thermal energy conversion to solar water heating to assessing the
performance of daylighting systems, and his consulting has included
assessing the energy efficiency and illumination performance of windows
He has written more than 75 essays and technical papers and is the
author or editor of four books, including
Humanity's Environmental Future: Making Sense in a Troubled World, and
Getting To the Source: Readings on Sustainable Values, an anthology of essays by prominent
environmental writers on environmental values. His essays have appeared
in such publications as the International Journal of Energy,
Environment, Economics, Earth Literacy Link, Clearing, and The Florida
Naturalist. Dr. McCluney was one of the founding EEI
National Advisory Board members.
McCluney served on the EEI Board from 1997-2008.
has made it his goal in life to promote the importance of
environmental education and Earth literacy. Nickle received his
Bachelors of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College in 1961. Upon
graduation, he pursued and received a Masters of Divinity degree from
Duke University in 1964.
Nickle’s professional efforts in environmental education began in 1980.
From 1980—89, Nickle was the Director/Manager of Wesley Woods summer
camp in Townsend, Tennessee. During that time he expanded the camp
summer programs to include year-round environmental education serving
students from all socio-economic backgrounds, rural to inner city,
interracial, interdenominational, terminally ill, physically challenged,
kindergarten to high school seniors.
In 1991 Nickle founded
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center (NRELC) in Grainger County,
Tennessee. NRELC promotes Earth literacy and sustainability and
protects over 500 acres of Appalachian countryside. Nickle took three
years off from his work at NRELC from 2000 to 2003 and spearheaded The
Earth Lab at Gray Center in Mississippi. Bill Nickle
was one of the founding Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board
William Nickel served on the EEI Board from 1994 -
Perret is the Director of Communications & Network Relations for The
Natural Step International, where he is responsible for re-branding,
internal and external communications and organizational culture.
seeks to operationalize leverage points for the broader dissemination in
society of a proven framework to help organizations plan strategically
and systematically towards sustainability (known as the Framework for
Strategic Sustainable Development, or FSSD), and help facilitate the
growth and organization of an inclusive, global, networked community of
practice around the FSSD.
Perret served from 2013 - 2014.
is the director of the Miami
Dade College (MDC) Hialeah Learning Resource Centers. She served
Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) Council, a self-selecting group of MDC
faculty and staff who meet monthly and identify actions and activities
of the EEI, from 2007 - 2012. Ms. Phipps represented the MDC Administration as an
ex-officio member of the Earth Ethics Institute National Advisory Board
during her service in that capacity from 2008-2013.
Dr. Norma Watkins,
Professor emeritus, taught at Miami Dade
College for twenty-six years. She co-directed the Life Lab Division,
Mac Smith's innovative interdisciplinary program, a precursor to the
Environmental Demonstration Center (EDC), which she also
co-directed. She started programs at EDC such as The Owner Builder
Center, teaching sustainable building and remodeling. Out of the
Environmental Demonstration Center grew Earth Ethics Institute (EEI),
then called the Environmental Ethics Institute, which Watkins
directed before retiring and becoming a member of the Board. She now
teaches creative writing at College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg,
CA, and her memoir The Last Resort, Taking the Mississippi Cure, was
published in 2011.
Dr. Watkins served on the EEI Board from
Leslie Roberts was the Dean of Academic Affairs
at the Miami Dade
College InterAmerican Campus until 2007 when she became the Dean of Arts
and Sciences at Trinton College in River Grove, Illinois. She
represented the MDC administration on the Earth Ethics Institute
National Advisory Board as an ex-officio member until 2007. In 1997, Dr.
Leslie Roberts was chosen as the Earth
and served as resident faculty for the Eco-Urban program.
worked extensively with
Miami-Dade Community College’s Wolfson Campus from 1990 - 1997. . He was
the Associate Dean for the school of science, architecture, engineering,
and interior design; the Associate Dean for instructional resources; and
program and curriculum development director for the teaching/learning
John Villamil began his
serves on the EEI Board in1998.