Pat Murphy is the Research Director for Community Solutions. Pat was Executive Director for the organization from 2003-2010. He is the author of Plan C – Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, The Green Tragedy &ndash LEED's Lost Decade, and Spinning Our Wheels: The Failures of the Auto Industry and Government in the Quest for Lower Carbon Emissions and What We Can Do – Right Now – to Change Our Transportation System. He was the co-writer of the films The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) and Passive House Revolution. Prior to working for Community Solutions, Pat was the founder of a software company that developed a "design for manufacturing" program for residential building, which greatly reduced waste in the construction process. His main interest is developing the techniques and strategies for a steady reduction in the per capita use of fossil fuels. He sees community as an important context for a low energy lifestyle.
Faith Morgan is a Board Trustee and Director of Films for Community Solutions. Faith was Executive Director of the organization from 2011-2014. She has been involved with CS for many decades and is the granddaughter of the organization's founder, Arthur E. Morgan. She helped plan and implement the first five U.S. conferences on Peak Oil and Community Solutions (2004-2008). In 2003 she made two trips to Cuba to study the effects of the USSR collapse on CUBA. A year later she led a Community Solutions documentary team back to Cuba to capture the story of Cuba's creative response to living without cheap, abundant oil when oil imports were cut in half. She directed and co-wrote the organization's award winning film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) and its second film, Passive House Revolution (2013). Faith is also a master gardener and an artist.
Susan Jennings became Executive Director of Community Solutions in 2014. She has a BA in English and Political Science from Washington and Jefferson College, and studied International Relations at the University of Keele in England. Her previous work includes six years as the Director of the Office of Campus and Community Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth, where she co-founded The Southeastern Massachusetts Time Exchange, a DOE-weatherization training center, and The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability. Susan will be researching and writing about lifestyle changes to lower CO2 emissions. Her specific interest is in individual and community responses to the challenge of Climate Change.
Jeanna Breza has been the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for Community Solutions since 2006. She grew up in a home-schooled environment and is a strong believer in alternatives to mainstream education. She has been avidly service oriented for much of her life. In 2004, she served as an AmeriCorps*NCCC volunteer in various cities across the country and had the opportunity to work with many non-profits including Austin Habitat for Humanity and Red Cross Disaster Relief. She also works with medical students to help them improve on their interpersonal and social skills, giving them detailed feedback after performing a patient role. Jeanna and her husband reside in a 450-square-foot apartment, do not own a car, and maintain a vegetarian diet. Jeanna manages a wide variety of CS tasks, including bookkeeping, editing, database management, and general office support.
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The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, founded in 1940 as Community Service, Inc., is a non-profit organization that advocates for small communities and the benefits of face-to-face relationships in a particular place. The organization envisions a world where people live sustainably and cooperatively in smaller communities which are diverse, equitable, and just.

The Community Solutions (CS) program, started in 2003, provides knowledge and practices for low-energy living and self-reliant communities. CS focuses on the coming global oil production peak, climate change and increasing inequity.  The organization designs or locates solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil-fuel based, overly centralized way of living.

Community Solutions seek alternatives to both non-renewable energies (hydrogen, large scale coal/gas-to-liquids, carbon sequestration, tar sands, etc.) and renewable energies (large-scale wind systems, biofuels, solar, etc.) that are intended to maintain the current high levels of energy consumption. Lifestyle changes that use less energy are emphasized over new technologies.

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Peter BanePeter Bane is an experienced permaculture site designer and teacher and has provided consulting advice and design for 26 years. He has taught permaculture extensively from Canada to Chile for 15 years, and was recognized in 2005 with the Diploma of Permaculture Design for his 18 years of publishing, teaching, design, and community work. Peter is the editor of Permaculture Activist magazine. He has transformed his home into an active permaculture homestead.

Nick BoutisNick Boutis is the Executive Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute in Yellow Springs, Ohio and has two decades of experience as a conservation professional, including work with the National Audubon Society, Endangered Species Coalition, and Population Connection. He is currently doing extensive energy retrofitting on his organization’s buildings.

Jason ClarkJason Clark is an engineer for the Air Force and a complexity researcher. He previously worked for NASA and produces the blog PeakOilDesign. Along with his wife and two kids, he is working to build their small property outside Yellow Springs into a sustainable farm and develop aspects of a sustainable community.

Saul GreenbergSaul Greenberg, PhD, is a core faculty member in the School of Education and Director of Education Partnerships Development at Antioch University-Midwest. He provided input into the new program at that institute on energy sustainability. Saul has completed the first phase of retrofitting on his own house. He and his wife are developing a “food forest” at their home.

Faith MorganFaith Morgan has been associated with Community Service for many years and has served on the board since 2003. She has an eclectic background in sales, marketing, home inspecting, remodeling, gardening, ceramics and beekeeping and was the director of Community Solutions’ filmThe Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006). She completed a deep energy retrofit of a small home and is in the process of retrofitting the office building that houses Community Solutions.

Kirk RoweKirk Rowe received his bachelor's degree from Lincoln University in 1987 and did graduate and post-graduate work at the University of North Texas and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Kirk has had a distinguished career in clinical neuropsychology. He has served as a psychology residency training director in the Air Force. In 2009 he became concerned about climate change. He has spoken with Administration, base-leadership, and active-duty individuals about climate change, energy and energy dependence, and culture change. In 2013 he guest-lectured at Purdue and University of Dayton on the subject of climate change. Kirk, his wife Christina, and their two children live near Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Dave WestneatDave Westneat is a long time resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Community Solutions. He received a BS in Chemistry from Allegheny College and a PhD in Chemistry from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. He worked for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, DE and for the University of Akron in Ohio. In 1965 he joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he taught for over 25 years. He has been a past President and also a Trustee of the Glen Helen Association’s Board in Yellow Springs. Dave is a longtime member of Community Solutions.

Linda WigingtonLinda M. Wigington is involved in initiatives to evaluate and redefine the process, scope, and value of residential energy reductions. She is demonstrating the feasibility of achieving deep reductions (beyond 70%) in existing dwellings through North American Thousand Home Challenge. Linda is the founder of and has been associated with the ACI (Affordable Comfort Inc) Conference since its inception in 1986 and served as director, deep energy reduction initiatives until May 2013. She has been a technical consultant for residential utility programs throughout the country. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International's Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. Her specialties: residential deep reductions & energy efficiency, development of training events and conferences.



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