Our Board of Directors...


Earthos is seeking additional board members, especially in fields related to our research. This includes global sciences, economics, construction, business, and other expertise. Sustainable design, new business development, and various real estate skills are also desirable.

Positions are unpaid. Contributions to the operations of the institute are, of course, very welcome. 

Meetings of the board are scheduled every two months in the Somerville office.

If you would like more information, please contact
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Antje Danielson PhD is a Director of Earthos. Educated at Free University in Berlin (Diploma in Geology, 1985 and PhD in Geochemistry, 1989), she did postdoctoral work at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg on Transvaal sediments affected by mining and ore processing. Antje is currently the Director of the Tufts University Institute of the Environment. She has worked tirelessly for environmental responsibility through teaching at MIT (1995-2000); Harvard University (1991-1998); then became the Program Manager for Harvard’s Committee on Environment and later the Harvard Green Campus Initiative (1998-2005). She also taught Environmental Geology as an Adjunct Lecturer at Boston University (2001-2002) After a period as Deputy Director for Sustainability at Durham University in UK; she joined Tufts in 2008. Antje is also a Founder (former Vice President and Director of Business Development) of Zipcar Inc. Taking the company through its start-up phase, she designed its business strategy, directed technology development, oversaw operations, and directed expansion into new cities—resulting in substantial reduction in reliance on cars in neighborhoods and campuses using the service. Earthos’ mission is closely aligned with many of Antje’s ideas and her current work. The potential for collaboration between academic researchers and applied researchers is of particular interest, and as a social entrepreneur Antje expresses appreciation for the cutting edge nature of Earthos’ work and the societal need for the Institute.

Allen W. Fletcher is a Director of Earthos. Educated at Harvard (B.A., 1969) and University of California at Berkley (Master of Architecture, 1984) Allen worked in Senegal for three years in the Peace Corps. Later he founded Allen W. Fletcher Construction which he operated for several years in Northern California. Returning to his hometown in Massachusetts, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, then founded Worcester Publishing, Ltd., publishers of the Worcester Business Journal, Hartford Business Journal, Mainebiz and Worcester Magazine. Through his concern for urban design affairs, social justice and youth programs, Allen has become a leader in many non profit and civic activities. These have included co-founding the Worcester Land Trust, and serving as President of Worcester Youth Center, Blackstone Canal Taskforce, Bijou Community Cinema, and Union Station Alliance. In recent years he has also collaborated with Phil Loheed in teaching The Art of Settlement design studio at the Boston Architectural College.  Allen's grounding in fundamental principles of human society, general familiarity with macroscopic planning principles and experienced, common sense notion of how to live simply upon the earth are highly valued contributions to his work with Earthos.

Sarah Howard, LEED AP, is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Earthos, and a staff designer/sustainable design researcher of BTA+Architects. Howard work has focused on creating healthy environments and communities. She began her professional career teaching environmental science and outdoor education in urban communities; then founded community learning centers in the Boston area; worked for well-recognized cultural institutions such as the New England Aquarium, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the YMCA to help them better serve their diverse communities; worked to expand affordable housing in Massachusetts; and studied/practiced sustainable design. She led Team Boston’s Solar Decathlon Initiative to design, build and deliver a net-zero energy house to the National Mall in D.C. She has also served on numerous community organization boards including Urban Edge, Blackstone Academy Charter School, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music. Inc. (President), Westport Housing Partnership (Vice Chair), and Westport Housing Authority (elected Commissioner). She is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) Accredited Professional of the US Green Building Council. She studied geology at Tufts, architecture at the Boston Architectural college, and is currently studying public policy at Tufts Urban Environmental Policy and Planning program (UEP).

Philip Norton Loheed, AIA, NCARB, Assoc ASLA, is a co-founder and President of Earthos, and an award winning practicing architect, educator, and researcher. His experience with design has taken him to many countries and cultures; where he has master planned, designed and built hundreds of projects over the last forty years. He is particularly skilled in natural systems analysis for land planning, and in creation of many people places and transportation centers. Projects include Union Station in Washington; Grand Central Terminal in NYC; numerous residential projects; and many mixed use waterfront urban designs and projects worldwide. He is a principal of Design Partnership Plus / Loheed Design Partnership; and a member of the academic and practice faculties of the Boston Architectural College, where he has taught since 1972. Beginning with a course called Natural Systems Phil has employed his training in architecture, landscape architecture and cultural anthropology in teaching; all of which are incorporated in his current design studio course, The Art of Settlement. He has contributed core principles and concepts to the development of Earthos’ Bioregional Urbanist methodology, and worked actively to apply it to community projects. With Sarah Howard and Ninian Stein, he is authoring a book on the method.

Patricia Schroeder Loheed, FASLA is a co-founder and Director of Earthos, and an award winning practicing landscape architect, educator, and researcher. At the Boston Architectural College she has organized and staffed the School of Landscape Architecture since its inception, and  served until recently as its Head. She has had prior research collaborations with the Yale School of Forestry, the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics, the GSD’s Urban Field Service, Massachusetts Audubon’s EIP, and landscape architecture programs at Cornell, SUNY Syracuse, Rutgers University, and the Conway School of Landscape Design.  She is the principal of Pat Loheed/Landscape Architect, and a Distinguished Faculty member of the Boston Architectural College.  Her firm, founded in 1976, has planned, designed and built hundreds of projects—frequently for public and non-profit organizations. Current projects under construction include a $400 million dollar bridge, roadway, bike way and parks project in Somerset/Fall River, MA.  Completed landscapes range from  four completed Central Artery contracts to restoration of historic landscapes. The firm client base includes public, non-profit, housing and corporate entities.

Kimberly Martin-Epstein, Esq. is a Director of Earthos. Kim is a lawyer with thirteen years of legal experience in Boston, MA and NYC and is currently an Associate at Bartlett Hackett Feinberg P.C. working on, among other things, affordable housing financing and development, zoning, non-profit and for-profit corporate and governance matters, condominium development and condominium association governance issues.  Current clients include community development corporations, state and quasi public lenders, and yes, even banks.  Kim has also worked as in-house counsel to Boston Community Capital, a non-profit financial institution committed to financing affordable housing and community development.  Kim has served non-profit organizations in the past as a board member for a daytime shelter for poor and homeless women, a board member for a community development corporation, and the chairperson for the human rights committee of a Department of Mental Health service provider.

Ninian R. Stein, PhD, is a Director of Earthos. With a Doctorate in Anthropology-Archaeology from Brown University as well as masters degrees in Environmental Science and Anthropology from Yale School of Forestry and Harvard University respectively, Ninian taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston for two years before moving to a post-doctoral fellowship at Wheaton College in Norton MA. Following a year as Assistant Professor at San Jose State University, Ninian is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Smith College in Northhampton, MA. Teaching in both Environmental Sciences and Anthropology gives Ninian a broad perspective on interdisciplinaity and environmental issues. From her environmental and anthropological background Ninian has contributed materially to Earthos projects. Having taught a course in Environmental Policy with an emphasis on communication between policy and science, she is familiar with some of the disciplinary barriers to creating change at local, regional and national levels—and strategies for getting beyond them. Ninian's collaboration with paleo-ecologists, ecologists, geochemists, geophysicists, geologists, and marine scientists on previous projects brings perspectives on interdisciplinary scientific inquiry and disciplinary conventions to Earthos. Through teaching, research and her work with Earthos, Ninian is committed to using interdisciplinary tools to address the environmental challenges of our times.