Dr Joanne Chu is the founding director of EcoEthos Solutions. Dr. Chu has been engaged in developing experiential and sustainability curriculum since 2002. Dr. Chu began her career in higher education as an assistant professor of Biology at Spelman College where she developed and taught field experiences in biology. Dr Chu was also Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Agnes Scott College, where she facilitated college-wide conversations about sustainability and the curriculum and co-directed its first education for sustainability faculty development program. Dr. Chu has taught neuroscience and psychology at Georgia State University and has worked with several Atlanta area colleges to encourage sustainability literacy. She has been awarded grants through the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to support her research and teaching interests. Dr. Chu was also the first director of Sustainability at Georgia Perimeter College, the largest 2-year public institution in Georgia. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Dr. Chu earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, received her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Texas, and was a postdoctoral fellow in Zoology at Oregon State University.


This organization was created to carry out a vision that our educational institutions can be transformed to meet our society’s current and future needs. We can provide our students the skills they need to thrive throughout their lifetime. They can begin to solve complex, real-world problems while considering social and economic issues and the ecological limits of the biosphere. EcoEthos can provide guidance and training to align your school’s stakeholders to work towards this common goal. Together we can provide the tools in our teaching and learning environments to help students begin solving real-world problems for themselves and, eventually, for all of us. Schools interested in meeting this social mandate need support to achieve their sustainability vision. We can help you realize that vision.


Oliver Ferrari is founder and managing partner of MarionEco, a sustainability services provider based in Atlanta, Georgia. Oliver works with educational institutions and other organizations to design and implement unique sustainability programs. He has a technical background in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas analysis, including LEED accreditation and experience as Technical Working Group member with the international GHG Protocol. He works with diverse teams and stakeholder groups to develop and implement effective sustainability programs that balance environmental, financial and human resource concerns. He is a contributing author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Business. He holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.