Advisory Board

Gale works with a panel of global experts to create and maintain the GREENR experience. Read the biographies below to learn about GREENR's contributing advisors.


Glenn Adelson, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Department at Lake Forest University

Glenn Adelsonis the chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Lake Forest College.  He is also the Director of Science and Education for the Mamoní Valley Preserve in Panama, a project for both biological and cultural conservation and sustainability in partnership with the Kuna indigenous people.
Glenn is one of the editors of Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, recently published by Yale Univeristy Press.  He is co-author of Biodiversity: Exploring Values and Priorities in Conservation (Blackwell Science, 1997).  In all his writings, he has endeavored to bring the academic disciplines together under the aegis of environmental studies:  he has written on biology in conjunction with English literature, with law, with philosophy, and with history.


Richard B. Howarth, PhD, Pat and John Rosenwald Professor in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth University and Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Economics.

Richard B. Howarth is an economist who studies the theory of environmental policy analysis with applications to topics such as energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation. His research and teaching emphasize themes that include the role of discounting, sustainability, and intergenerational fairness in evaluating long-term environmental policies, mathematical models of the relationship between economic growth, the natural environment, and human well-being, the interplay between economics and ethics in valuing and managing environmental resources, and the role of public policies in promoting energy efficiency and the adoption of “clean” energy technologies. With C. Zografos, he is the author of Deliberative Ecological Economics and he is the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Economics.


R. Bruce Hull, IV, PhD, professor of Forestry in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech.

R. Bruce Hull, IV, Ph.D. is a professor in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech practicing social ecology. His work focuses on healing forests fractured by pressures of urbanization and globalization. He is author and editor of over 100 publications, including two books: Infinite Nature (Chicago 2006) and Restoring Nature (Island 2000).  He advises numerous community groups such as LandCare, the Model Forestry Policy Program, Chesapeake Watershed Alliance, and Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry, all of which promote sustainable living and land use.


Brian E. Langston, renewable energy consultant, former president of California Solar Energy Industries Association

Soon after graduating from Princeton University, Brian Langston began founding businesses in the field of renewable energy.  In 1976 he wrote the business plan and secured financing for Southwest Energy Management where he managed the marketing, publicity and sales for this respected renewable energy engineering and contracting firm.  Langston also raised financing from off-shore investors to fund a manufacturing operation to supply the then burgeoning solar energy industry.  He headed the marketing, sales, and new product development for this company, Urja Solar Manufacturing. 

Langston was a pioneering leader of the “first wave” of the renewable energy industry, being elected President of the California Solar Energy Industries Association in 1980 and to several terms on the Board of Directors of the national Solar Energy Industries Association.  From these positions he fostered adoption of the initial State and Federal Solar Tax Credit programs and various utility company energy rebate and loan programs.  He was retained by the US Dept. of Energy to develop and deliver a variety of training programs for solar entrepreneurs, salespeople and technicians.  Langston now consults with corporations and not-for-profit organizations on renewable energy development.


Ben A. Minteer, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University

Ben A. Minteer is an Associate Professor in the Human Dimensions Faculty in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, and a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. He is an environmental ethicist and policy scholar who studies issues at the intersection of environmental philosophy, environmental policy, and ecology. Dr. Minteer is especially interested in the ethical justification of environmental policy goals, including the value foundations of policies and practices relating to biological conservation, ecological management, and the search for environmental sustainability. His recent work with James P. Collins (ASU) has examined the ethical dimensions of ecological research and policy under planetary change, what Minteer and Collins call "ecological ethics". Dr. Minteer also studies the philosophical underpinnings and historical trajectory of American conservation and environmentalism. He teaches courses on environmental ethics and policy, and the human dimensions of conservation biology.

His work has appeared in Environmental Ethics, Conservation Biology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, PNAS, and Issues in Science & Technology, among other publications. Dr. Minteer is also author or editor of numerous books, including Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice (Temple University Press, 2011), Nature in Common? Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy (Temple University Press, 2009), and The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America (MIT Press, 2006). efore arriving at Arizona State University, Dr. Minteer held faculty positions at Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, and Columbia University.


Bryan G. Norton, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Specializing in environmental policy, Bryan Norton writes on inter-generational equity, sustainability theory, bio-diversity policy and on valuation methods. His current research is directed at clarifying spatio-temporal bounding in the formulation of environmental problems, while ongoing research addresses intergenerational ethics and sustainability, biodiversity policy, and environmental pragmatism.

Dr. Norton is author of Linguistic Frameworks and Ontology (Mouton Publishers, 1978); Why Preserve Natural Variety? (Princeton University Press, 1987); Toward Unity Among Environmentalists (Oxford University Press, 1991); Searching for Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Management (University of Chicago Press, 2005).  **He is editor of The Preservation of Species (Princeton University Press) and co-editor of  several volumes, including Ethics on the Ark (Smithsonian Press); he has contributed to journals in several fields, including philosophy, biology, ecology, economics, ecological economics, and environmental management.


Paul B. Thompson, PhD, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University

Paul B. Thompson holds the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural technoscience. This research focus has led him to undertake a series of projects on the application of recombinant DNA techniques to agricultural crops and food animals.

Thompson published the first booklength philosophical treatment of agricultural biotechnology in 1997 and revised in 2007, and has traveled the world speaking on the subject, delivering invited addresses in Egypt, Thailand, Taiwan, Mexico, Israel and Jamaica, as well as a number of European countries. His work on biotechnology has appeared in technical journals including Plant Physiology, The Journal of Animal Science, Bioscience, and Cahiers d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales. He serves on the United States National Research Council’s Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Council and on the Science and Industry Advisory Committee for Genome Canada. Thompson’s new work focuses on nanotechnology in the agrifood system.