David W. Orr
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe and has served as a Trustee for many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others. Orr is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his work in ecological design. In an influential article in the Chronicle of Higher Education 2000, Orr proposed the goal of carbon neutrality for colleges and universities and subsequently organized and funded an effort to define a carbon neutral plan for his own campus at Oberlin College. Seven years later, hundreds of colleges and universities, including Oberlin, have made that pledge. David now leads the efforts for this carbon neutral plan, now called the Oberlin Project.