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Since its founding Telluride Institute has been active in educating people both near and far about the world in which we live, and how to become more sustainable in this changing world. Art, literature, science, business, environment, and culture all are important factors in this movement towards a more sustainable society. We've been a leading force in both introducing these different components to each other, and fostering a working relationship among them.
Please tour our website and investigate the various projects, festivals, events, and curricula which we have developed and sustained over the past 28 years. Telluride Institute is dynamic. We have partnered with many other non-profits, government entities, and people to adapt our programs to our changing world. The world continues to change, and Telluride Institute is excited about the future.
A prime example of the Telluride Institute acting as a catalyst to create new forums for discussion and implementation of ideas, is the San Miguel Watershed Coalition (SMWC). The Telluride Institute started and promoted the SMWC, and the organization grew with such strength and fervor that the SMWC is now its own entity. Because of the Institute the mayor of Nucla had an opportunity to speak with a vice president from the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. A guide for a Telluride-based rafting company had a chance to meet a fourth generation rancher from
The Telluride Institute has indeed been successful in bringing organizations together to accomplish a variety of goals. The core of this success has always been the people associated with the Institute. Founders Pamela Zoline and John Lifton have had an active roll in shaping the Institute programs in the past twenty-eight years, and Pamela and John have been responsible in large part for invigorating the personnel working with the Institute.
Today our organization is stronger than ever. Laura Kudo is director of the Watershed Education Program, and isresponsible for developing and coordinating all of its components. Alessandra Jacobson is the Director of the Bridal Veil Living Classroom and is in charge of this Summer/Fall course which grants college science credits to participating watershed high school students. Art Goodtimes organizes our Mushroom Festival and Ideas Festival, and assists with sustainability instruction. Jonathan Barfield is a WEP instructor and coordinates our Ideas Festival. Teresa Frank helps plan and run our Mushroom and Ideas Festivals. Suzan Beraza produces, films, and edits our video work. Ellen Metrick is a WEP instructor and assists with our River Scouts program. Sally Davis heads up the puppet theater component of WEP which regularly features performances by Jeb Berrier and Ashley Boling.
The staff of the Telluride Institute