Anthony D. Cortese, ScD is co-coordinator of the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN
- http://www.intentionalendowments.org/) IEN supports colleges, universities, and other
mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment
practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals.
He was the founder, along with U.S. Senator John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry, of Second Nature (http://www.secondnature.org/), the Boston-based organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. He served as president from 1993- 2012. He was the organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium.
Dr. Cortese was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first dean of environmental programs at Tufts University and founded the award-winning Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in over 175 courses. He also organized the effort that resulted in the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990 now signed by over 350 presidents and chancellors in over 50 countries.
Dr. Cortese is a trustee of Green Mountain College, a former trustee of Tufts University and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a founder of the Natural Step U.S., the Environmental Business Council and has been a trustee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America. He has been a member of the USEPA Science Advisory Board, the Education Task Force of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development and Dow Chemical’s Corporate Environmental Advisory Board. He has been actively engaged in dealing with large system sustainability challenges for 40 years.
Dr. Cortese is a frequent consultant and presenter to higher education, industry and non- profit organizations on institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs. His essays on education for sustainability serve as foundational reading for transforming the education and practice of higher education.
Dr. Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a doctor of science in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health, an honorary doctor of humane letters from Allegheny College and the University of Maine Presque Isle and an honorary doctor of science from SUNY Oswego.