ECOPA Intersections for Sustainable Living

Connecting human needs with human skills for sustainable community transformation

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Who We Are

a network of pragmatically passionate people committed to sustainable communities

ECOPA is a diverse network of graduate students, researchers and educators, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, sustainable farmers and fishermen, landscape architects and urban planners, diplomats, and peace and poverty alleviation advocates - collaborating to support the integrated development strategies of our grassroots partner communities.

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What We Do

Public Spaces

This initiative is ECOPA's first-ever collaborative endeavor among community members, landscape architects, urban design graduate students, and professors from the Universities of Washington - Seattle and Buenos Aires to rehabilitate and redesign communities for locally-empowered economic development, environmental stewardship and social cohesiveness.

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Farmer Exchange

This initiative focuses on developing small-scale farmer-to-farmer exchanges to connect the experience and best practices of U.S. and Salvadoran farmers to address their shared challenges. Along with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador, these dialogues aim to build resilient and food sovereign communities in the rural Lower Lempa region.

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Clean Fishing

This initiative brings together community leaders and fisherfolk, Salvadoran and U.S. marine scientists and experts, academic researchers, social entrepreneurs and government officials to evaluate and strengthen scientific, environmental and commercial viability of the sustainable fishing model in the biodiverse and fragile Bay of Jiquilisco coastal area.

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WHERE WE WORK

supporting local communities in El Salvador and beyond

ECOPA's multi-year programmatic work serves the identified needs of its grassroots partner organizations in the rural Lower Lempa River region of the Department of Usulután and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador: a Ramsar Wetlands Site of International Importance and a UNESCO-designated Protected Biosphere Reserve. ECOPA's vision is to expand this work in El Salvador, with plans to replicate and adapt it in countries like Argentina, Colombia and México.

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Becoming ECOPA

While serving as Assistant Dean in the former Graduate School of International Studies (GSIPS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), I had the honor of reporting to Dr. Edward Laurance, who at the time was the Dean of GSIPS. With a new Fall semester just around the corner there was a slight sense of panic in the air...

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Founder's Welcome

ECOPA: Intersections for Sustainable Living, whose website we are delighted to launch here, has been many years in the making. Both the website and ECOPA as an organization are the creative handiwork of a group of talented and committed people, for whom my gratitude and appreciation are unsparing...

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Measuring Our Success

As the newly-appointed Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, I came to the job with many ideas regarding moving GSIPS forward - especially in the area of immersive learning utilizing skills in actual development projects...

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Becoming ECOPA

While serving as Assistant Dean in the former Graduate School of International Studies (GSIPS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), I had the honor of reporting to Dr. Edward Laurance, who at the time was the Dean of GSIPS. With a new Fall semester just around the corner there was a slight sense of panic in the air...

Read More »

Measuring Our Success

As the newly-appointed Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, I came to the job with many ideas regarding moving GSIPS forward - especially in the area of immersive learning utilizing skills in actual development projects...

Read More »

Founder's Welcome

ECOPA: Intersections for Sustainable Living, whose website we are delighted to launch here, has been many years in the making. Both the website and ECOPA as an organization are the creative handiwork of a group of talented and committed people, for whom my gratitude and appreciation are unsparing...

Read More »

Becoming ECOPA

While serving as Assistant Dean in the former Graduate School of International Studies (GSIPS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), I had the honor of reporting to Dr. Edward Laurance, who at the time was the Dean of GSIPS. With a new Fall semester just around the corner there was a slight sense of panic in the air...

Read More »

Founder's Welcome

ECOPA: Intersections for Sustainable Living, whose website we are delighted to launch here, has been many years in the making. Both the website and ECOPA as an organization are the creative handiwork of a group of talented and committed people, for whom my gratitude and appreciation are unsparing...

Read More »

Measuring Our Success

As the newly-appointed Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, I came to the job with many ideas regarding moving GSIPS forward - especially in the area of immersive learning utilizing skills in actual development projects...

Read More »