Steven D. Chase (PhD)

Core Faculty, Director of Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability Concentration
Department of Environmental Studies

Current Activities

Besides teaching and directing the Environmental Studies master’s concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Chase is currently active in the international Transition movement and a co-founder of the Transition Keene Task Force—the 56th transition initiative in the United States and the first in New Hampshire. He is the web editor of Relocalization: The Keene Transition Movement’s Community Webpage and Blog and The Well-Trained Activist blog. Chase is also involved in progressive community radio and coordinates the WKNH Pacifica Programming Committee (and he is always looking for new volunteers to train.)

Chase gives talks and interviews around the country on topics as wide-ranging as environmental justice, activist training, faith-based activism, corporate globalization, relocalization, the Transition movement, and social movement history. He has also written frequently on these topics for a number of publications, including Friends Journal; Orion; Terra Nova; The Trumpeter; Whole Terrain; Z Magazine; Race, Poverty, and Environment; Environment, Place, and Ethics; Synthesis; and The Journal of Multicultural Environmental Education. He is currently working on a book manuscript on The Politics of Relocalization: Assessing the Analysis, Vision, and Strategy of the International Transition Movement.

Chase is a member of the National Organizers Alliance, a trained facilitator of the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Initiative, and a Visiting Instructor at Pendle Hill, a Quaker Study and Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Putney Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.