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Daniel Greenberg
Founder and CEO

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As founder and CEO of Earth Deeds, Daniel is passionate about new paradigms, worldviews and “stories” that can help humans live in greater harmony with each other and all life.  While a visionary and a “big thinker”, his organizational and interpersonal skills has enabled him to be a successful social entrepreneur, international educator, and sustainability consultant.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Psychology, Daniel received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on education within intentional communities.  In 1999, he founded the educational non-profit Living Routes, which partnered with UMass-Amherst to run study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world.  Over 1,500 students have been transformed by their experiences in sustainable communities such as Findhorn in Scotland and Auroville in south India.  

While leading Living Routes, Daniel set up a system where students measured their travel emissions and supported sustainability projects within their host communities.  It worked so well, Daniel left Living Routes in 2012 to start Earth Deeds and further develop these tools to help others similarly understand and respond to their impacts.

Daniel has been a leading advocate for sustainability within international education and the ecovillage movement.  He chaired Sustainability Task Forces for NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad and has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.  He is also the President of the Global Ecovillage Network and co-founder of Gaia Education, a UN-affiliated NGO which has run Ecovillage Design Education courses for over 6,000 students in 35 countries.

Selected Bibliography

“The Myth of Climate Neutrality: Carbon Onsetting as an Alternative to Carbon Offsetting” with Clara Changxin Fang. Sustainability: The Journal of Record. April 2015, Vol. 8, No. 2: 70-75.

“Ecovillages.” Chapter in Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, ed. Debra Rowe. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2014.

Academia’s Hidden Curriculum and Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education.  Chapter in J. Lockyer and J. R. Veteto, (Eds.) Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. New York: Berghahn Books, 2013.

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Child Development and School Psychology

B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Cornell University; Psychology

Personal Interests

Daniel recently moved from the Sirius Community, a Findhorn-inspired community in western Massachusetts to Kingston, Ontario with his wife, Monique, and their daughters, Pema and Simone.  Daniel’s interests include international and experiential education, carbon consciousness, leadership development, systems thinking, social media and networking, energy futures, new technologies, transition towns, nature, travel, eastern religions, meditation, conflict resolution, children and parenting, swimming, and archery.

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