Partnerships and Affiliations

Partnerships and Affiliations

Institutional Relationships

Home Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

In 2015, Viridis Graduate Institute was granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations platform on economic and social issues.

ECOSOC is responsible for:

  • promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress,
  • identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems,
  • facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation,
  • encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Functional commissions of ECOSOC which Viridis Graduate Institute participates include:

Commission for Social Development,
Commission on the Status of Women,
Commission for Population and Development,
Commission on Sustainable Development,
UN Forum on Forests, and
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


Viridis Graduate Institute is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34), which includes Ecopsychology.

Viridis Graduate Institute is a member of the United States Sustainable Development Solutions Network (US-SDSN) that promotes integrated approaches to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through education, research, policy analysis, and global cooperation. Viridis Graduate Institute’s interest is to bring forward an ecological psychology education, a critical missing component to this enterprise.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature

President Pye is a member of IUCN’s Committee for Education and Communication (CEC).

American Library Association

The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Viridis Graduate Institute is an institutional member of the American Library Association. Visit the American Library Association website.

Flagstaff College

Flagstaff College offers a B.A. degree in Sustainability and Social Change. A leader in the Micro College movement. Dr. Marcus Ford, a co-founder of Flagstaff College serves on Viridis Graduate Institute Advisory Council.

Harrison Middleton University

Harrison Middleton University is a not-for-profit private distance-learning university offering Master of Arts, Doctor of Arts, and Doctor of Education programs in the humanities. Rebecca Fisher, Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education serves on the Advisory Council for VGI. Dr. Pye sits on the Advisory Council for HMU.

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