Professor Emeritus Dr. Stephen R. Kellert


I have been increasingly concerned by the disconnection of people from nature. We have chosen in recent times to design and develop our buildings and our communities separate from the natural world. By contrast, communities that live and work as an integral part of the land offer multiple reinforcing experiences that enhance people’s social and economic prosperity derived from their beneficial relationship to nature.

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Global Movement Leader, Biophilian, Environmental Conservationist & Environmentalist

Dr. Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as he was a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector. His work focuses on understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development. “Biophilia” is the term coined by Edward Wilson and developed together with Stephen Kellert to describe what they believe is humanity’s innate affinity for the natural world. His awards include: the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Connecticut Outdoor and Environmental Educators Association; the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; the 2009 George B. Hartzog Award for Environmental Conservation; the 2008 American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Best Book of Year Award in Architecture and Urban Planning for the book Biophilic Design; the 2005 Outstanding Research Award for contributions to theory and science, from the North American Association for Environmental Education; the 1997 National Conservation Achievement Award, from the National Wildlife Federation; the 1990 Distinguished Individual Achievement Award, from the Society for Conservation Biology; the 1985 Best Publication of Year Award, from the International Foundation for Environmental Conservation; and, the 1983 Special Achievement Award, from the National Wildlife Federation.

Dr. Kellert is also listed and described in “American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present.” He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations. He has co-authored more than 150 publications, including the following books: Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World (Yale University Press); Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (MIT Press); The Coming Transformation: Values to Sustain Natural and Human Communities (Yale FES); Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life (John Wiley); Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press); Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development (Island Press); The Value of Life: Biological Diversity and Human Society (Island Press); The Biophilia Hypothesis (Island Press); The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World (Island Press); Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Foundations (MIT Press); and Ecology, Economics, Ethics: The Broken Circle (Yale University Press). He produced a 60-minute documentary video with Bill Finnegan, “Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life” in 2011.