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William R. Godfrey
Bill Godfrey serves as president of the Environic Foundation International® (EFI®). EFI a US-based, non-profit research and education foundation begun in 1970. Since 2002, Bill has specialized in the development and delivery of sustainability education programs that mobilize students of all disciplines in the pursuit of solutions for regional and global social, economic and environmental challenges.
The first version of this program methodology was born while working with the United Nations Environment Programme in Africa creating an interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum for use in universities throughout the continent. The result was Sustainable Societies in Africa: Modules on Education for Sustainable Development, a twenty-eight module, on-line curriculum launched in 2009 and is still in use. Subsequent versions of the Sustainable SocietiesTM methodology that he developed include Global Sustainable SocietiesTM, Sustainable Societies for BusinessTM and Sustainable Societies – James River BasinTM. For his innovations in sustainability education, he has received awards from the African Association of Universities, the Southern African Development Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations University.
Bill is adjunct faculty and teaches at the Center for Environmental Studies and the Center for Corporate Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Richmond. He also serves as Vice Chair of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, and is a member of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Education Caucus. Prior to his work at EFI, Bill was an architect for twenty years, responsible for development projects in the United States, Middle East, Pacific Islands and China. His work received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Council of Civil Engineers, and the United States Department of Defense.