Courtney White is the director of the Rainforest Alliance’s education program, which aims to catalyze today’s generation of students to be socially responsible, globally aware, and actively engaged in actions for a more prosperous planet. She is passionate about engaging school systems in learning that fosters local-to-global learning, sustainable practices and civic engagement while fulfilling mandated learning standards.
Courtney has spoken at numerous conferences about education locally, nationally and internationally. She has been actively involved in supporting 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 for the first Sustainability Education Summit, “Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy”, hosted by the US Department of Education in coordination with other federal agencies. 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.
Courtney held previous positions at the Greenburg Nature Center in Scarsdale, New York; Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx; and Sony Corporation of America’s Wonder Technology Lab, a free technology and science museum in midtown Manhattan. Currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies with focus on complex adaptive systems, climate change, resilience and education reform at Antioch University New England, Courtney holds a B.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a MSEd in Museum Education with a specialization in Special Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.