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Updated:January 16, 2018

The 9th Inductees

Miguel A. Altieri (Born in 1950, USA)
(Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley) 

Dr. Altieri studied agronomy at the University of Chile. He received a Master Scientiae from the Universridad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida.
In 1981 he became Professor of agroecology at the University of California, Berkley and has been teaching for over 30 years. He became Professor Emeritus of Agroecology in July of 2017.
He was the General Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Sustainable Agriculture project and is also serving as advisor to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems program.
As the author of more than 230 research papers, 20 books translated into various languages and through his practice in Latin America, Dr. Altieri continues to contribute to the establishment of agroecology as a specialized field.
In Latin America, he supports resource-poor small-scale farmers through the application of agroecological principles to enhance sustainable agriculture. 

Dr. Altieri advocates and practices agroecology, the discipline that provides the basic ecological principles for how to study, design, manage and evaluate sustainable agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource-conserving. He has contributed to the preservation of the environment with his innovative academic research into active global environment conservation and solutions to global environmental problems.


Margaret Anne McKean (Born in 1946, USA)
(Professor Emeritus at the Duke University)
Dr. McKean is a political economist specializing in property rights. She is a leader in commons research, which includes the study of the management of common-pool resources.
She received her Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of California at Berkley, USA.
During her time at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, Dr. McKean studied “iriaiken”, common rights in Japan, and introduced the findings of her research to the West. As a result of this, she became a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Common Property, where she helped to build the global Common Property research network.
The work of the late Dr. Elinor Ostrom (one of the 2nd Inductees into the Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 for her commons research, is said to have been greatly stimulated by “iriaichi”, the commons in Japan.
Along with Dr. Ostrom and others, Dr. McKean co-founded the International Association for the Study of Common Property in 1989, and later also served as its president.

As a leading expert in commons research, Dr. McKean expands “iriaiken” Japan's traditional commons (shared resources), to the world, and greatly influences many commons researchers, including the late Dr. Elinor Ostrom (member of the Second Hall of Fame). She has contributed to the preservation of the environment with her innovative academic research into sustainable resource management for solving global environmental problems.



Dennis L. Meadows (Born in 1942, USA)
(Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire)
Dr. Meadows graduated from Carleton College with a BA in chemistry and received a doctorate in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He served as the project leader of a 1972 report to the Club of Rome entitled "The Limits to Growth", and sounded a warning as to damage caused to the environment by economic growth. He was a professor over a period of 35 years, at three universities. He has so far lived in four countries as a visiting research scholar and visited over 40 countries as a speaker and consultant. In addition, he has four honorary doctorates for his contributions to environmental education.
He designs sophisticated computer simulations and operational games on issues related to energy, environment, and sustainable development. These are used in training programs around the world by corporate, university, and other institutions.
His major publications include "The Limits to Growth (1972) "and "Beyond the Limits (1992)". 

[Major Awards]
2005 EURONATUR prize for Environmental Communication
2006 Order of Honor from the President of the Hungarian Republic
2007 UNESCO Berlin Peace Clock Award
2009 Japan Prize 

Predicting early on the negative impact of economic growth on the environment, Dr. Meadows designs models that guide policies for the sustainable use of resources. He has contributed to the preservation of the environment with his pioneering academic research into sustainable resource use, and works towards solving global environmental problems.