Greg Watson is an environmentalist, economist, and policymaker who specializes in sustainable agriculture and a “new economics” that supports both people and planet. As the Director of Policy and Systems Design for the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, Greg founded the Center’s Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network, linking sustainable farm organizations in both countries to share information and provide mutual support. His current focus is community food systems.
A mentee of Buckminster Fuller, Greg has spent the last 40 years designing and promulgating programs to improve economic conditions and protect natural resources around the world. From 1990-1993 and again from 2012-2015, he served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, where he helped enact innovative groundwater protection regulations, integrated pest management techniques, and other progressive agricultural systems. He also oversaw the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market, a year-round marketplace for locally sourced groceries and a dynamic civic and educational space in the city. In 2008, Greg served on President-elect Obama’s transition team for the U.S. Department of Energy, and he was recently engaged as a Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he helped assess the nation’s first proposed offshore wind project.
A veteran of pioneering environmental and community-building organizations like the New Alchemy Institute and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Greg has incorporated ecological design and urban agriculture into communities across Massachusetts and beyond.
In 2006, The Boston Globe Magazine named Greg one of 11 “Bostonians Changing the World.”
Co-Founder, Biomimcry 3.8
Film Director and Producer, Carbon Nation
Professor, ASU Schools of Sustainability and Journalism
Founder, Fazenda da Toca and Instituto Toca
Executive Director, Project Drawdown
Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Founder, Lear Family Foundation & Lyn Lear Productions
Former Governor of Maryland
Director of Policy and Systems Design, The Schumacher Center for a New Economics
Co-Founder, Marin Carbon Project
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