Green Institute Senior Fellow – Charlene Spretnak




     Charlene Spretnak was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a B.A. magna cum laude, with appointment to Phi Beta Kappa, from St. Louis University (Jesuit) and an M.A. in English and American literature from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her work is internationally recognized in Green political thought, social criticism, and cultural history. 
She was recently voted onto a list of the 100 most influential
"campaigners for the planet" by a group of British experts; she placed
65 out of 100.


     Ms. Spretnak is author of Green Politics: The Global Promise (with Fritjof Capra; 1984), which was a major catalyst for the Green Party movement in the United States and was voted the best political book of l984 by the readers of New Options.  She also wrote The Spiritual Dimension of Green Politics (l986), which was the annual lecture to the E. F. Schumacher Society of America
in 1984. In August 1984, she co-founded the initial Green Politics
organization in this country, which subsequently become the Green Party
of the United States.


     She continued the development of her Green political thought in The Resurgence of the Real:  Body, Nature, and Place in a Hypermodern World (1997), which was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Books of 1997.  According to Publishers Weekly,
“In her far-ranging, in-depth study of the structure of contemporary
alienation, Spretnak joins the ranks of gifted writers qua intellectual
social analysts like Lewis Mumford.”   In this
book she develops an analysis of the crises of modernity and a
eco-social vision by which we might re-ground the human project in the
dynamic processes of the Earth community.  A Chinese translation was published in Beijing in 2001.


March 1989 Charlene Spretnak was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of
Fame by Gov. Richard F. Celeste in recognition of her writings on
social justice.  She lectures widely in the U.S. and Europe.  She was Scholar-in-Residence at Schumacher College, in England, in 1992, 1997, and 2003.


    She has been a senior fellow with the Green Institute since January 2005.  She is working on a book on the many eco-social solutions to the crises of modernity that are moving successfully into the mainstream.