I live in Colorado and enjoy frequent mountain hikes in the summer and skiing in the winter. After a long and successful career producing and directing a PBS series and then a series of business films for Fortune 500 companies, I decided to apply my filmmaking skills to making the world a better place. Since completion of the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, I’ve been devoting more time to writing, public speaking, launching the media monitoring website Growth Bias Busted in 2013, and the radio series Conversation Earth in 2015.
My commitment to working for a sustainable future is grounded in my love of my children and my desire for them to enjoy rewarding lives. Over the course of a varied career this commitment has found expression in:
These days my wife and I work toward a sustainable, local food system from our family farm in western Colorado. At Mesa Winds Farm we understand that healthy food begins with our stewardship of a healthy farm ecology. We are also committed to education: of ourselves, our helpers, and fellow farmers to better understand ways to work with nature and to grow the best fruit of which we are capable; of our customers, that they appreciate the importance of healthful foods in their lives and their role in this “revolution” in agriculture.
I wanted to become part of this project because of my passion for all things outdoors. I have an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth in Environmental Studies and a masters in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. I’m currently working on energy conservation programs for a utility in Boston. In my spare time I love to hike, backpack, camp, and snowboard. I’ve also tried caving, climbing, rafting, sea kayaking, waterskiing and wakeboarding. I also enjoy travel immensely. I’ve been to Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize in recent years.
I have been an overpopulation activist for decades because I see this issue as the most core and most ignored “upstream” issue which fuels so many local and global problems. I am on the advisory board of World Population Balance (WPB). Several years back I created a talk called, “Why 7 billion Matter, Putting Our Numbers Back on the Table”, and I am invited to speak to civic and church groups all over Minnesota. I have been a naturalist for over 30 years and direct the City of Richfield’s Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield Minnesota.
I am a writer and poet. A few titles include, “Lucy’s Hero, Remembering Paul Wellstone,” and “Grieving Outside the Box, Stories of Hope and Resilience”. My favorite past times include bird watching and kayaking.
I’ve spent most of my adult life as a vocal musician, in a sequence progressing from a primary love of singing, to a love of teaching and writing. I enjoyed a 37-year career on the School of Music voice faculty at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Throughout my musical life, my wife, Bettye, served as a faithful partner, including collaborations in performances, publication editing, and co-composing 13 Eco Songs, one of which is included on a GrowthBusters Earth Day Soundtrack CD.
Upon retirement in 2007, our long-postponed interests in environmental issues began receiving more attention, and soon led us to connect with Dave Paxson, a fellow board member and well-known population expert.
In 2013 we co-founded Citizens for Sustainability, a group of citizens residing mostly in St. Anthony Village, MN. Our son, Alan, who researches sustainability issues, was also a key founding member of CFS, and has assisted us in learning more about the series of converging crises the world is facing, mostly driven by over-population and over-consumption of natural resources.
In 2015, we formed Sustainability Education Forum, which is dedicated to providing occasional free educational forums that address topical sustainability issues. We also produce a free weekly e-newsletter titled SEF News-Views Digest. In sum, my major goal is to help educate more citizens about the interconnections of the 4 E’s: Environment, Energy, Economy, and Equity.
I’ve been a GrowthBusters enthusiastic supporter for several years, so I consider it an honor to serve with fellow board members under director Dave Gardner’s capable leadership.