About

We believe that the secret to sustainability is you!

The tools for creating a healthier environment and quality of life are already with all of us. Red Eft is a determined catalyst for partnerships, innovative ideas, and projects from simple to complex.

You know what needs to be done–and we can provide the missing pieces.

Red Eft is a nonprofit organization fostering conservation and environmental action through research, education, and opportunities to explore and connect with nature. To accomplish this, we act as an incubator for new projects with environmental goals. Red Eft also creates conservation action lead by the environmental professionals that make up its board of directors and advisory council.

Why Red Eft?

Events transform us, people transform us, creativity transforms us.
The red eft is a symbol of change, exploration, new approaches – emergence.
It is a tiny red salamander found in the forest that began its life as an aquatic, green newt. Science can’t agree on why it makes this dramatic change, or even when it does, and some newts never do.

We hold a vision of great ideas emerging into action, spreading out into the world like so many red efts from the pond.

Board of Directors

The Red Eft Project began as the answer to one very large and growing question for a group of doctoral students:  How can we possibly bring about the level of change that needs to happen for global sustainability?

The answer is: by ourselves, we can’t. And yet the paradox to the answer is that great change starts with the individual.  So, we put together Red Eft to serve as a vehicle for change–one that supports and promotes the efforts of individuals so that together we might accomplish something for the world.

H. Courtney White, Chair
Bronx, New York

H. Courtney White applies her strong vision, leadership skills, education background, and love of wildlife and the natural world in her professional work as an environmental leader in New York. She is passionate about engaging communities in learning and is compelled by the urgent need to increase pro-conservation behavior, innovation and sustainable practices.

“Connecting individuals to sustainable practices and collective action that improves care of the environment is critical. As the Chair for Red Eft, I am delighted to work with a brilliant team who is committed to bringing their wide variety of expertise and skills to make positive changes in the world. ”

Courtney has spoken at numerous conferences about education locally, nationally and internationally. She actively supports the efforts of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and the UN’s Decade of Education of Sustainable Development (2005-2014). In September 2010, she was invited to participate in a working meeting mandated by Congress, Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy. This summit was hosted by the US Department of Education in coordination with other federal agencies and resulted in a proposed agenda and recommended action steps for the nation. She was also invited by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to review grant applications in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and made recommendations regarding awardees of the largest federal grants available to cultural institutions. She served as a Technical Advisory Committee Member of the New York Metropolitan Transit Council Hudson River Valley Greenway Link Study from 2008-2010, assessing the feasibility of extending the Hudson River Greenway from Manhattan to the Bronx and Westchester.

Courtney held previous positions at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, and with Sony Corporation as the Director of Sony Wonder Technology Lab, a free technology and science museum in mid-town Manhattan.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies with focus on education for sustainability at Antioch University New England, Courtney holds a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MSEd in Museum Education with a specialization in Special Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Doug Fisher,  Vice Chair: Education
Jackson, Wyoming

Doug is an environmental education instructor at Teton Science Schools. He spends his days exploring the Teton National Park, teaching natural history and scientific inquiry skills to his students. He also involves his students in team building and outdoor traveling skills such as canoeing, GPS, map and compass, and hiking safely in bear country.  When not leading youth, Doug is participating in ecotourism activities with families throughout Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, and collaborating with Native American communities in the region.

Doug has professional experience as a public school teacher, wildlife and biological science technician, EMT and forester. He spent many summers in Alaska working in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge studying plant succession, moose and snowshoe hare populations, wetlands succession, and live capture of wolf and lynx. He holds an M.S. in botany from the University of Manitoba, and is focusing his doctoral studies on developing field-based environmental education and outreach programming.

Dyanna I. Smith,  President
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Inspired by the insights and enthusiasm of her PhD colleagues, Dyanna stepped down from her recent position of Director of Development and Special Projects at New Hampshire Lakes Association to organize and establish the Red Eft Project. She brings to Red Eft an extensive background in the environmental field including international wildlife and botanical field work, care and rehabilitation of injured birds, and development of multi-million dollar land protection campaigns.

“I’ve done everything from flight training bald eagles with a fishing rod to clocking the speed of funnel web spiders with a stop watch. I’ve counted and identified plants so tiny we had to mark them with monofilament line because a toothpick covered them with too much shade. I know the breadth of possibility available to advance the study of the environment and our conservation of it. I’m thrilled to be part of a group of independent thinkers who know how to get things done, and have faith that solutions exist.”

Throughout her career, Dyanna has worked with a number of organizations in a seasonal capacity and as a nonprofit consultant. Some of these include: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA), National Trust for Scotland, Quebec-Labrador Foundation (MA), Seacoast Science Center (NH), National Fish and Wildlife Service (SD), Sweet Water Trust (ME), and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK).  She received her M.S. from Antioch New England in Resource Management and Administration, and her B.S. in Environmental Science from Westminster College.

Dyanna is focusing her PhD on the ways that film can promote conservation behaviors and solve urgent environmental problems. She is active in her community, serving on the steering committee for Sustainable Portsmouth, an internationally recognized model for citizen participation and deliberative democracy. She also keeps busy as a musician and glass artist when she is not working on conservation issues.

Enid Kumin,  Vice Chair: Sustainability
Boston, Massachusetts

Enid holds an M.A. in marine affairs, and an M.S. in environmental economics. Among her longest lasting fascinations are U.S. environmental policy and all sciences ocean. Her interest in the ocean was intensified by a few stints on an oceanographic vessel, courtesy of a geology professor with an oceanographer friend looking for lackeys. (She has always viewed making the lackey list as an accomplishment.)  Fast forward some years.  Enid did some other things, but came back to a concern with environmental issues.  She picked up some additional training to go with that concern, and eventually got a job that actually used her training.  That’s essentially Enid’s situation now.  She works for a government agency where she has many opportunities to think about energy projects and what they might do for and to the environment – the good, the mixed bag, and the ugly.

“I am delighted to serve on the Red Eft Project Board where I hope to do more thinking about the environment, and — through support of the work of others — some good for it as well.”

Enid is focusing her doctoral work on renewable energy, marine based ecosystem management and issues like Cape Wind.

Molly Hicks,  Treasurer, Secretary
Dublin, Ohio

Molly’s professional experience includes horticulture, communications, social justice issues and animal welfare. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, public policy and information, and is currently looking at local food production and consumption issues, women’s empowerment studies, and sustainable regional food networks as a part of her PhD research.

Advisory Council:

We are fortunate to have some amazing minds participating on our special advisory council.  Together they represent a vibrant resource available to help guide and inform our projects, lending their expertise on a broad array of sustainability, environmental and related professional issues.

If you are interested in participating in Red Eft’s Advisory Council, please contact us.

Get involved with Red Eft and bring about more conservation action in your community and beyond.