Kimberly Byrd

Institute on the Environment Educator

Kimberly began her career in the study and celebration of linked human-nature systems as an undergraduate activist at Northwestern University in Chicago, and was eventually hired by Northwestern as their first Recycling Coordinator. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Conservation Biology, and has taught both lecture-based and experiential learning courses on sustainability, environmental ethics, resilience theory, adaptive management, social movement history, and research methods for transformational change at the University of Minnesota, The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas.

Kimberly is the author and designer of sustainability materials for the “Viewing Sustainability through an Economic Lens” project through the Department of Applied Economics at UMN. She is also the new coauthor of the most trusted environmental science textbook of the last 30 years, Cunningham & Cunningham’s Environmental Science: A Global Concern. She is the Vice-Chair of her local Environmental Commission, and is active and enthusiastic about TEDx organizing and coaching.

Course(s) taught

GCC 3043/5043

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