Dr. Maren Leyla Cooke

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Education
Occupation Independent environmental educator, urban microfarmer
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Introduction Maren Cooke is a planetary scientist by training, but now concentrates on science and environmental education and activism on climate change, air quality, land use, energy, and sustainability. She serves on the board of the Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP), and works closely with other organizations including the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Sierra Club, Grow Pittsburgh, Transition Pittsburgh, the Green Education Movement, CMU’s Institute for Green Science, and the City of Pittsburgh. She volunteers as an Urban Ecosteward, a Tree Tender, and a Master Gardener, and co-founded a nature education program and a school garden at a local school. She has helped create science curricula and train teachers, and has taught physics, astronomy, environmental science, and permaculture to people of all ages. She operates an urban microfarm, supplying organic produce to a local restaurant and garden plants to the surrounding community, and has been rebuilding her family’s home as a demonstration site for green building and green living. Maren also organizes and hosts Sustainability Salons, a monthly environmental education forum and community gathering now six years running.