Dr. Greg Hitzhusen
Dr. Greg Hitzhusen
Greg Hitzhusen is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Religion, Ecology and Sustainability in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University (OSU); he was the founding Director and then Board Chair of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. His work and research center on the intersection of faith and the environment and on developing partnerships between scientific and faith communities; his teaching focuses on religion and ecology, environmental communications, and community sustainability projects. He sits on the Sustainability Education and Learning Committee and is a former member of the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability at OSU; he serves as Faculty Fellow for the Environment and Natural Resources Scholars program, advises Students for a Sustainable Campus and the Au Sable Graduate Fellows chapter at OSU, and is a member of the faculty steering committee for the Center for Ethics and Human Values. His students’ research on sustainability projects at Ohio State has helped to establish the Campus as a Living Laboratory project and digital archive, and he is currently completing an online textbook titled: Religion and Environmental Values in America (forthcoming, 2019). Dr. Hitzhusen completed his B.S. at Cornell University (biological sciences/ecology, with honors), his MDiv (eco-theology focus, cum laude) at Yale Divinity School while jointly studying at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and his PhD at Cornell focusing on environmental education and ethics in North American faith communities. He has previously worked for the National Wildlife Federation, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, and the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs. He is past Vice-Chair of the Environmental Justice Section of the Ecological Society of America, where he coordinated the Scientists Speakers Bureau for Earth Stewardship Outreach to Faith Communities. He lives with his wife, Erica, and two sons in Worthington, Ohio.