Meg Ferrigno has been working on educational development projects in India, Nepal and Tibet for the past decade. She is the founder and director of the Pureland Project, which supports the projects she manages with Tibetan Nomadic Communities. The Pureland Project is bridged to her U.S. home, Philadelphia, by way of the Ahimsa House, a center for nonviolence and sustainability. Meg has her Masters in International Educational Development Program and a PhD in Sustainability Education, that later focused on nomadic perceptions of climate change around the Mekong headwaters.

Sense of Place Community of Practice

Jeremy Solin is an educator, community sustainability organizer, gardener, father, and husband. He has worked in the sustainability and environmental education field for over 15 years in Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin. He has a PhD in sustainability education, master of education degree in environmental education and a Bachelor of Science degree in water resources. Jeremy is currently the Wisconsin ThinkWater Coordinator and National Program Manager with UW Extension Cooperative Extension.

Clare Hintz is the editor for the Journal of Sustainability Education.  She runs Elsewhere Farm, a production Permaculture farm in Wisconsin near the south shore of Lake Superior,  is part of the teacher’s guild of the Permaculture Research Institute in Minneapolis, and is the coordinator for the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association.  Clare has a M.S. in Sustainable Systems and a PhD in Sustainability Education with a focus on Regenerative Agriculture.  She has over a decade of experience teaching at area colleges.

"Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly."

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Sense of Place Team

The core Sense of Place Matters team is comprised of four members of the 2015 class of the Prescott College PhD Program in Sustainability Education.  Each of us actively explored the relationships between sense of place and sustainability in our academic research and continue to focus on this area in our professional work: fostering social and ecological well-being by connecting families with nearby nature (Chiara); nomadic perceptions of climate change around the Mekong headwaters in Tibet (Meg);  the experiences of women practicing regenerative agriculture (Clare);  and engagement with community food systems and place-based storytelling (Jeremy). 

Chiara D’Amore is a mother, educator, researcher, writer, community organizer, and environmental consultant.  She lives in Columbia, Maryland where she serves as the founder and director of Columbia Families in Nature and president of Trilogy Eco-Systems Solutions.  Her work is focused on understanding the effects of time spent in nature on personal, social, and ecological well-being. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering and a PhD in Sustainability Education.

This website serves as a foundation for fostering a community of practice related to the significance of sense of place for conservation projects and sustainability efforts.  Through this community of practice, we will support one another’s efforts by sharing of experiences, resources, and best practices.  

We invite you to be a part of this community by joining the dialogue on Facebook and contacting us to share your sense of place story and suggestions for shared resources.

The sense of place team has collaborated to turn  community of practice discussions into a concise resource guide that can be used by conservation and sustainability practioners to successfully leverage and integrate sense of place into their strategies and activities.  Check it out!

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