Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
Gus Medina, Ph.D.
Dr. Medina is an independent consultant specializing in environmental education. His areas of proficiency include program design, project management, proposal writing and review, professional development, cultural competency and inclusiveness, strategic planning, and facilitation. Dr. Medina has worked extensively at both the national and international levels. Until early 2014 he was Project Manager of the Cornell University led Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) Project funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education. Between 1995 and 2010 he managed the National Environmental Education Training Program (EETAP). Within the last few years, he has facilitated professional level environmental education courses and workshops in Thailand, India, and Chile.
Dr. Medina has played a leadership role in making environmental education more culturally relevant. He served on the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Diversity Committee and chaired its sub-task force to ensure diversity is infused throughout the Association. Dr. Medina was the first instructor for the online course, Making Environmental Education Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences, offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition, he served as project leader for the publication, What's Fair Got To Do With It: Diversity Cases from Environmental Educators. Dr. Medina helped design and facilitate workshops that use cases to promote discussion about how to make environmental education organizations and programs more inclusive.
Dr. Medina was with World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US and WWF Canada) for over 10 years. As a program officer, he worked with numerous government and private conservation groups throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to design and implement conservation, sustainable use, and environmental education projects. During his tenure with WWF, he designed environmental education programs, public awareness campaigns, education resources and conducted environmental education professional development workshops throughout Latin America the Caribbean.
Dr. Medina serves on the editorial board of the journal, Applied Environmental Education and Communication. He is also on the board of Environmental Education and Conservation Global. He is a former President of North American Association for Environmental Education and served on its Board of Directors for five years. Dr. Medina has also served as a consulting editor for the Journal of Environmental Education.
Dr. Medina holds a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York, Brockport, an M.S. in Outdoor Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management with a specialization in environmental education from the University of Michigan. He has written on environmental education and presented at state, provincial, and national conferences.