Melissa Everett's Professional Site

A sustainability maven explains what she actually does for a living…


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I’m a multifaceted communications and community development professional, working at the intersection of climate and energy action and sustainable economic development.  Colleagues in New York know me as the Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, and yes that is a big focus.  However, many of the projects that have been hatched at SHV are broader than any region – for example, the 10% Challenge campaign to cut energy waste and build community leadership.  SHV has also hatched a Resource Center for Sustainable Communities to connect local communities with helpful experts and each other – a program we are bringing online this fall and see as a model for anyplace.

So about me… my talents include counseling and coaching, marketing communications, collaborative leadership, and strategy – oh yes, and public speaking on the good days.  I’m passionate about helping people come to terms with the climate crisis and the enormous opportunity it brings, to reinvent our world.

My career path has been somewhat nontraditional, with a lot of self-teaching and experimentation, then a midcareer Ph.D. … 3 books, and 3 editions of #3, Making a Living While Making a Difference, my fave.  Underlying much of my work is an exploration of the “self-in-relation,” the subtle and powerful ways that our social and environmental surroundings shape our sense of identity and possibility. This has implications galore. First, we really come into our own when we choose working lives that make the world a better place; that isn’t a fringe idea but a fundamental aspect of human development.  Secondly, it’s a challenge to chart a course that breaks ranks with groups you have established patterns of interaction with.  It can be harder to be a vegetarian at family Thanksgiving if they’re not, and it can be difficult to be the first one in your social network to open up the conversation if you think climate change has gone over the top…. you wouldn’t want to be considered hysterical, now would you? With this perspective, I work with communities and individuals to help them close the gap between their sometimes quietly held personal concerns, and their capacity to take action, and to do so in a way that brings others along.

This blog is my professional platform to share programs, products, projects and ideas.  I hope that collaborators, friends, clients and the interested public will find it enjoyable and useful.


Written by melissaeverett

August 22, 2011 at 4:06 am

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  1. Very exciting. There is much to be enthusiastic about. You’re awake and creative at 4:06 am. I am interested in what you think about the “difficulty of Dissent in groups”, as well as “creative citizenship”. Joy

    joy collins

    August 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  2. Congratulations on launching your cyber-self! I’m looking forward to many exchanges on this site from the network of fascinating people you know.

    JudiPiggott (@JudiPiggott)

    August 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  3. Great new site, Melissa! Congratulations! Your writing style matches both your experience and your hopeful vision for what we can all accomplish together!

    Keep blogging. Keep moving forward.

    Let me know how I can help.


    Harvey Stone

    August 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    • Harvey,

      I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a review of your novel on this site pretty soon. I’ll send a smoke signal.

      Thanks for the validation. This will be a platform for lots of our collaboration.



      August 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  4. I am so proud of you Melissa, I had no idea you were into so many wonderful things. Keep up the good work. I try to stay “green” even when it’s not so convenient here in “right wing” Idaho. I got your email last month but this is the first time I have sat down all summer. Tell your Mom & Lucy we Said hello. Peace, Love, & Happiness.

    Lew & Yvonne Frye

    Lew Frye

    August 25, 2011 at 2:03 am

  5. Melissa,
    I am a fellow Balatoner and have so enjoyed your Balaton posts. I’m particularly interested in your work around “Placemaking in a Changing Climate”. Will you be writing more about that impact of that course in your blog?

    My best,
    Linda Booth Sweeney

    Linda Booth Sweeney

    September 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

  6. I definitely appreciate your writing style. This is a good post! Thanks!
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    October 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

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