Bio

Robert “Robin” Gottfried, Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Environment and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Sewanee: The University of the South, is known for his passion for the environment and sustainable development, including their spiritual and religious dimensions. While teaching in the college, he helped spearhead the establishment of the environmental studies program at Sewanee, the landscape analysis (GIS) laboratory, and the Sustainable Development in Costa Rica program. Author of “Economics, Ecology and the Roots of Western Faith: Perspectives from the Garden” and numerous articles on land use change, forest policy, and sustainable development, as well as articles addressing the interface of social science, ecotheology and spirituality, Robin facilitates “Opening the Book of Nature” programs and speaks on the relationship between the Christian faith and sustainable development. Robin also blogs on religion and environment for the Huffington Post. He loves walking and working outside with his wonderful wife in the woods and fields of the Cumberland Plateau where he lives, and singing and playing Latin American, Appalachian and classical music.