Pam Puntenney (1983) is a human dimensions specialist and environmental educator by training. As a student she was a strong activist of environmental protection and multi-stakeholder dialogue. For over 30 years beginning as a young professional she has integrated community involvement, sustainable development, engagement of stakeholders and action-oriented alternatives, working with local, national and international NGOs, government agencies, academia, and the UN(UNEP, UNESCO, CSD).
Since the UNEP, UNESCO Environmental Education intergovernmental meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia [then Russia] in 1977 she is focusing her work on engaging people in sustainability and eco-effectiveness. She published the book Global Ecosystems: Creating Options Through Anthropological Perspectivess, (American Anthropological Association, 1995). Founder and executive director of Environmental & Human Systems Management, she continues to integrate Awareness, Action, and Advocacyy working as a senior advisor, lecturer, researcher, consultant, in the areas of sustainable systems and issues of engagement, and has contributed a wide range of publications, assessments, and presentations on these topics.
Since the Rio Conference she has been closely involved in the work of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as a member and lead Co-Chair of the UN CSD Education Community and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and other environmental organizations. She is the architect of the The Lourdes Arizpe Award highlighting the critical need for integrating the cultural dimension in addressing environmental issues with larger implications for matters of global concern. Presently she is head of her firm, senior advisor to countries national strategies, lecturer, and has served as a board member of several environmental NGOs.
She draws her inspiration from the youth and ordinary people who are committed to building a better world through a sustainable future, and the beauty of natural systems. Though her work she brings people together who inspire each other as co-creators giving voice to a vision of hope based upon action.
P.J. (Pam) Puntenney 1989 W. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI 'United States of America '