President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Dr. Rowe is a well recognized national and international leader in education for sustainability. She is President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (www.uspartnership.org). The U.S. Partnership convenes leaders within business, education, government, faith and youth sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (www.aashe.org/heasc), founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability (www.aashe.org/dans), and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.aashe.org). She helps higher education and K-12 faculty and staff, national associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula and training, fund raising, research, policy, culture, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.
Debra has also been professor of energy management and renewable energies for over 35 years at Oakland Community College near Detroit, Michigan. She also teaches Campus Sustainability and taught Corporate Sustainability for the University of Vermont. Dr Rowe chaired the Technical Advisory Group and the Community of Action to Grow Green Jobs through Policy and Civic Engagement for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In these roles, she convened energy and sustainability experts, reviews and selects resources, and co-authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Resource Center (www.theSeedCenter.org). This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership and civic engagement models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and funding resources. Dr. Rowe has also been staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project entitled “Sustainability Improves Student Learning” (http://serc.carleton.edu/sisl), working with thirteen STEM academic societies.
Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Vision, Principles and Practices.