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Dr. Debra Rowe

  • Dr Deb RoweDr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, Senior Fellow at Second Nature ( and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( She helps the private sector catalyze successful business models for the triple bottom line of sustainability. She also helps higher education faculty and staff, K-12 associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula and training, research, policy, culture, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.

    Dr. Rowe is staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project entitled “Sustainability Improves Student Learning." She has been professor of energy management and renewable energy for over 30 years at Oakland Community College ( She has developed curricula in sustainable development and sustainable living. These courses are used by students and businesses, and as professional development for K-12 and college faculty. Dr. Rowe helps other colleges and universities create their energy management, renewable energies and sustainability programs with U.S. National Science Foundation support.

    Dr. Rowe is presently chairing the Technical Advisory Group and the Green Jobs Policy Community of Action for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In these roles, she convenes energy and sustainability experts, collects and reviews resources, and authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Resource Center ( This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership and civic engagement models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and more resources relating to sustainability and green energy. Through the American Association of Community Colleges, she is also a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ for their international sustainability group.

    Dr. Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications.

    Formal education:

    Ph.D. in Business, University of Michigan 
    M.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan
    M.B.A. in Business, University of Michigan 
    B.A., Yale University