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James Pittman, M.Sc., M.A. - Director of Sustainability

James  Pittman, M.Sc., M.A.

Academic Statement (Return to top)

James  Pittman is the Director of Sustainability at Prescott College, an alum, and also teaches in the BA, MA and PhD programs with a focus on sustainability science and practice, ecological economics and whole systems design. His personal mission is to engage with others in lifelong learning and applied practice healing the human-Earth relationship through creation of resilient, regenerative ecological, social and economic relationships.

For nearly two decades James has been an ecological economist and professional consultant serving government, business, industry, non-profit, tribal and other community stakeholders; past clients have included the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of Energy the City of  Washington D.C., the Washington State Department of Ecology, the EcoSage Corporation, a Fortune 50 software corporation and many others. Successful projects have included work on sustainable development planning and implementation, market research and economic valuation of ecosystem services, sustainability indicator assessment and stakeholder engagement process facilitation.

James is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.  He also has a strong business and entrepreneurship background, with over 6 years teaching in leading sustainable business MBA programs and many years of work with collaborators in founding and managing several businesses and non-profit organizations.

James is an internationally published author and accomplished public speaker supported by an extensive international network of advisors and allies, colleagues and collaborators.  James also fills his life with time kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, gardening and in spiritual practice.



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)

Glick, P., Kostyak, J., Briceno, T., Pittman, J., Wahlund, N., 2014. Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Preparing America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather. Arlington, VA: National Wildlife Federation.

Batker, D., Christin, Z., Cooley, C., Graf, W., Jones, B., Loomis, J., Pittman, J., 2014. Nature’s Value in the Colorado Basin. Seattle, WA: Earth Economics.

McCormick, R. J., J. Pittman, and T. F. H. Allen. 2010. Chapter 16: The Ecology of Economics from a Complex Systems Perspective. In Environmental Risk Assessment and Management from a Landscape Perspective, L. Kapustka and W. Landis (Eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

Pittman, J., and R. J. McCormick. 2010. Chapter 17: Ecosystem Service Valuation Concepts and Methods. In Environmental Risk Assessment and Management from a Landscape Perspective, L. Kapustka and W. Landis (Eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

Pittman, J., and Wilhelm, K., 2007. Creating Appropriate  Economic and Financial Indicators of Sustainability. In Litten, L., (ed.) New Directions in Institutional Research: The Sustainability  Challenge. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

Farley, J., Baker,  D., Batker, D., Koliba, C., Matteson, R., Mills, R., Pittman, J.,  2007. Opening the Policy Window for Ecological Economics: Hurricane  Katrina as a Focusing Event. Journal of Ecological Economics,  Special Section on Coastal Disasters. Vol. 63 Iss. 2-3. Elsevier:  New York.

Pittman, J., Batker, D., de la Torres, I., 2006. Special  Benefit from Ecosystem Services: An Economic Analysis of King Conservation District Activities. Earth Economics:  Seattle.

Batker, D., Pittman, J., Burgess, E., Patterson, T., 2005.  Ecosystem Services Valuation Study for the Tolt River Watershed: A General Technical Report to the United States Department of  Agriculture Forest Service.

Pittman, 2004. Living Sustainability Through Higher Education: A Whole Systems Design Approach to Organizational Change. In Corcoran, P. and Wals, A. (eds.) Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise and Practice. Kluwer Academic Press: Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Voices of  America’s Youth Roundtable, 1999. Report on Youth Vision  of Sustainable America delivered to the President’s Council  on Sustainable Development at the National Town Meeting for  a Sustainable America. (Editor)  

Education (Return to top)

M.Sc. with distinction, Ecological Economics - University of Edinburgh, 2004

M.A., Whole Systems Design - Antioch University Seattle,  2001

Certificate, Organization Systems Renewal - International Institute for the Study of Systems Renewal, 2001 

B.A., Ecopsychology and Sustainability Education - Prescott College, 1997

Certificate, Basic and Advanced Permaculture Design, 1996


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