The EarthMatters Blog is your source for news and information about The Northwest Earth Institute. Here on the EarthMatters blog we communicate NWEI program updates,  post stories related to our work, offer relevant resources, and feature the writings of authors featured in our coursebooks and print newsletter.

Contributors to the EarthMatters Blog:

Kerry Lyles I am NWEI’s Development Director, and I handle our membership program, grant writing, events and the EcoChallenge.  I also manage the EarthMatters newsletter, and dabble in other NWEI communications.  I found my way to NWEI and Portland, in the summer of 2008 and love working with the NWEI team to inspire sustainable communities across North America. Outside of work I can be found running, hiking, gardening, playing hours of fetch with my mellow black lab, Stella Dog,  and planning our next backpacking adventure with my husband, Mark.

Deborah McNamara – I am the Director of Organizational Partnerships at the Northwest Earth Institute, where I have worked for over five and a half years.  I am a lifelong proponent of sustainability, having studied Environmental Policy at Boston University and then receiving my Masters Degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  I am currently working for the NW Earth Institute out of Boulder, where I also enjoy hiking in the foothills behind my house with my little son, Rowan.  I work with organizations and individuals in implementing NWEI’s discussion courses throughout North America and also offer workshops and presentations on sustainability, ecopsychology and grassroots community leadership.

Lacy Cagle – I’m the Director of Curriculum and Community Engagement for the Northwest Earth Institute. I lead the revision of our discussion guides and development of new curriculum offerings, collaborate with Carolyn in coordinating our volunteer community, and support and make new contacts in higher education and faith communities. I have a master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and have worked with college and faith communities on sustainability initiatives for the past seven years. A Portland resident since 2008, I enjoy biking, cooking and eating delicious food with friends, studying feminism and theology, and doing just about anything outdoors. This winter, I also discovered that I’m a big fan of cross country skiing on Mt. Hood!

Mike Mercer – I serve as the Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).  When I am not working with my co-workers and others to create a more sustainable and enriching future, I am living vibrantly by kayaking, cycling, backpacking and hanging out with my neighbors on the front porch. M

ike Mercer – I serve as the Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).  When I am not working with my co-workers and others to create a more sustainable and enriching future, I am living vibrantly by kayaking, cycling, backpacking and hanging out with my neighbors on the front porch.

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Rob Nathan is Director of Outreach and Technology for the Northwest Earth Institute and is working to expand the mission of NWEI to multiple sectors of the community by assisting individuals and organizations in utilizing NWEI discussion guides and taking sustainable action in their communities. He received a Masters in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and also holds a graduate certificate in Sustainability. Prior to NWEI, Rob developed waste minimization programs at schools, faith organizations and businesses throughout the Portland Metro area.

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Since 1993, The Northwest Earth Institute has been leading the curious and the motivated to take responsibility for Earth. Our proven process of connection, reflection and action changes you for good. Through discussion courses and the annual EcoChallenge, we help you engage your community in meaningful conversations that lead to “Aha!” moments about the way you live, work, create and consume. The result is a life that is simpler, richer, and better–for you and for Earth.

t on that commitment.

“The Northwest Earth Institute is playing such a critical role, not only in this country, but I believe internationally as well.  It is showing the world that a community like Portland can embrace sustainability and bring it home to a very practical level.” Carsten Henningsen,  Portfolio 21

Mike Mercer – I serve as the Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).  When I am not working with my co-workers and others to create a more sustainable and enriching future, I am living vibrantly by kayaking, cycling, backpacking and hanging out with my neighbors on the front porch.

Mike Mercer – I serve as the Executive Director of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).  When I am not

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