Dr. David Orr

Dr. David Orr

Chair of the Environmental Studies Program
Oberlin College

Dr. David Orr

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont. He is the recipient of four Honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award and a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.”

Orr serves as a Trustee for several organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. In 1996, he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone Buildings in the 20th Century,” and by The New York Times as the most interesting of a new generation of college and university buildings.

Orr is the author of five books and co-editor of three others. Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992), described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin, is widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities. 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.

Current projects include work to define a 100 days plan for climate action for the incoming administration in 2009 (www.climateactionproject.com) and a project with prominent legal scholars across the U.S. to define the legal rights of posterity in cases where the actions of the present generation might deprive posterity of “life, liberty, and property.”