Gregory E. Hitzhusen

hitzhusen-newGreg Hitzhusen is a Lecturer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (OSU); he was the founding Director and now serves as Board Chair of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. His work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities; his teaching focuses on environmental communications, sustainability projects, and religion and ecology. He is a member of the Faculty Learning Community on Sustainability Across the Curriculum at Ohio State, and serves as Faculty Fellow for the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholars program at OSU. His students’ research on sustainability projects at Ohio State has helped to establish the Campus as a Living Laboratory project and digital archive at OSU. He is Vice-Chair Nominee of the Environmental Justice Section of the Ecological Society of America, where he coordinates the Scientists Speakers Bureau for Earth Stewardship Outreach to Faith Communities.

Dr. Hitzhusen was previously the national Coordinator and co-founder of the NatureLink program at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF); co-founder of the Outings Club and Creation Spirituality groups at Yale Divinity School; Associate with the National Religious Partnership for the Environment; and Land Stewardship Specialist for the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs. Greg has a B.S. in ecology (Cornell, with honors), an M.Div. concentrating in ecotheology (Yale, cum laude), and a Ph.D. in faith-based environmental education (Cornell). He has taught courses on creation care and outdoor ministry at Yale Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary; he also spent many years teaching outdoor skills, aquatic ecology, and geology for NWF’s Wildlife Camp and Teen Adventure programs in North Carolina and Colorado, and developing and instructing outdoor leadership, fishing, and canoeing courses for Cornell Outdoor Education. He currently teaches courses at Ohio State on environmental communication (ENR 2367), assessing local sustainability projects (ENR/AEDE 4567), and religion and environmental values in America (ENR 3470). He lives with his wife, Erica, and two sons (ages 5 and 8 years) in Worthington, Ohio.

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