This paper documents the intentions and outcomes of a collaborative permaculture design training within Tibetan refugee settlements and examines its relevance to sustainable community development initiatives with at-risk populations.
|Keywords:||Permaculture, Sustainable Development, Refugees, At-Risk Populations, Organic Agriculture, Environment, Social Work, Ecological Design, Education, Tibetans|
I bring to my work various writing, teaching, research, and leadership experiences. Having served as Chair of the Graduate Programs in Environment and Community from 1998 to 2002 at Antioch University Seattle, I am presently a Core Faculty member within Antioch's emerging Center for Creative Change. I hold a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and an M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. My professional interests include social and environmental change processes, low-impact and ecological (permaculture) design methodologies, growing non-profit and for-profit partnerships, sustainable food systems and agriculture, international bamboo cultures, appropriate technology transfer, integrated biosystems and zero-emission business ecologies. A returned United States Peace Corps volunteer (Kingston, Jamaica, 1991-93), I am actively involved in community organizing and sustainable development initiatives. Two of my recent publications are: Scherch, J. (2005). Models of Sustainability. In John Nolt's (Ed.) A Land Imperiled: The Declining Ecological Health of Southern Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. Scherch, J. (2004). Riverton: Envisioning a Sustainable Community. In D. Fauri, S. Wernet & F.E. Netting's (Eds.) Cases in Social Work Macro Practice, 2nd Edition. New York: Allyn & Bacon.
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