MAAEC Prof. Mitch Thomashow a Catalyst fellow

MAAEC prof Mitch Thomashow a Catalyst Fellow

Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, a new associate faculty member in the MA in Environmental Education and Communications program, is not new to the program. Since the first cohort began in 2003, we have used his book (now a classic!), Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist as a core text. Now, after having founded and been the chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England in the mid 1970s to 2006, and then spending five years as presdient of Unity College, a small liberal arts and environmentally-focus college in rural Maine, Mitch has now relocated to Seattle WA. We are very fortunate to have a professor and practitioner with his depth of knowledge and experience as a member of the MAEEC faculty team.

In January, Mitch was made Sustainability Catalyst Fellow at Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle, Washington.

"Our Catalyst Fellows are an experiment in network learning. They will forge connections between place and the multiple forms of capital that vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities require, including but not limited to: natural capital, civic capital and financial capital. Sustainabilityadvocacy and impact investing are familiar topics in the national philanthropic conversation, but there are big opportunities to better connect these national conversations to Northwest communities and to make these important ideas accessible and actionable at all scales.

Our Catalyst Fellows will deeply explore, write about and connect people across our six-state region around these three issue areas. Our hope is that their work will help ignite the fires of possibility and that philanthropy will become increasingly adept at "going beyond the grant" and wielding many forms of capital to fulfill our missions." (Philanthropy Northwest website)