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.
Board of Trustees
Peter 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 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 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 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 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.
Richard Olson is Director of Berea College’s Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, Chair of Sustainable Berea and head of the Transition Town Berea project. Richard was responsible for one of the nation’s first eco villages in the United States. The buildings were super- insulated, sewage processing was set up to use a “Living Machine,” gardens were incorporated, and transportation energy was minimized.
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