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 and co-producer of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006). 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 a necessary context for a low energy lifestyle.
Faith Morgan became Executive Director of Community Solutions in 2011. 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. 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. She directed, co-produced and co-wrote the organization's award winning film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006). She and her husband, Pat Murphy, are making a new film on the German Passive House. Faith is also a master gardener and artist.
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.

Richard OlsonRichard 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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