Antioch University’s Strauss Honored as Sustainability Champion

048bd65c-8117-42cc-8e91-3ff4caeb0e7a Antioch University alumnus Dr. Donald Strauss was recently named the 2015 Private College Sustainability Champion. Strauss, who chairs the MA in Urban Sustainability program at AULA, was honored at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in July.

Presenter Lindsey Kalkbrenner (shown above with Strauss) said Strauss has consistently shown his commitment to sustainability and social justice in his career and personal life. His accomplishments include:

Giving over 50 presentations as a Climate Change Presenter with the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore.
Conducting research on “the spontaneous emergence of a bike culture that has played an unlikely role in the transformation of regional transportation policy and the cultural life of Los Angeles.”
Building, in collaboration with colleagues, a Master of Arts program from the ground up (AULA’s MA in Urban Sustainability) “with a mind to how the program can best serve the people of his region.”
A personal dedication to sustainability that extends to “sharing his land with neighbors and friends to join together in growing food within an urban landscape.”

Strauss has a BA and MFA from AULA and a PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. He was also profiled recently in Whole Terrain magazine – read the interview at

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