Dr. Maren Leyla Cooke

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Occupation Independent environmental educator, urban microfarmer
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Introduction Maren Cooke is a planetary scientist by training, but now concentrates on environmental education and activism on climate, air quality, land use, energy, and sustainability. She serves on the board of GASP, and works closely with other organizations including 350 Pgh, CCL, Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Pittsburghers Against Single-Use Plastic, Sierra Club, Grow Pgh, Transition Pgh, 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 K-8. 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 a food pantry 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 eight years running.