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Herman Greene is the founder and president of the Center for Ecozoic Studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a thought, imagination, dialogue, and action center for an ecological age. The center began in 2000 and among other things publishes The Ecozoic Journal and The New Ecozoic Reader. He is Thomas Berry Scholar-in-Residence of the Earth Law Center and is co-author and co-editor of the legal textbook Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law—A Guide for Practitioners (2021). He was a friend and colleague of Thomas Berry. From 2006 to 2009 he was a consultant to the Earth Jurisprudence Centers at the law schools of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida and Barry University in Orlando, Florida.
He was the founding Executive Director of the International Process Network, an association for process-relational philosophy and served on its Governing Boad from 2001 until 2023. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Ecological Civilization, and on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Process Studies and the Center for the Post-Modern Development of China. From 1979 until 2019, Herman practiced law. He began his practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York City where he did international tax law and later a business transactional practice. From 1983 to 1990, he practiced with Mayer Brown, first in Denver where he did oil and gas finance, and later in New York City where he did bank finance and regulation of international banks in the United States. From 1990 to 1991 he served as Director of Public Responsibility at the headquarters of the American Express Company in New York City where he worked on life after middle age. From 1992 until his retirement he represented technology-based startup and emerging growth companies in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina in corporate, tax, and securities law matters.
He began his career in 1967 with the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago (EI), which was located in the inner city of Chicago. EI worked on a community development project called “Fifth City” and led educational programs for and did consulting with churches on how they could address social issues. He led regional offices for EI in Cleveland, Indianapolis, and New Orleans before returning to Chicago to work on a project to lead community town halls during the American Bicentennial beginning in 1976. Thousands of town meetings were ultimately held. He holds graduate degrees in law (University of North Carolina-JD), theology (University of Chicago-MTh & MDiv, and United Theological Seminary-DMin), and political science (Stanford University-MA). His undergraduate degree in political science was from the University of Florida. He was first in his class in his high school in Gainesville, Florida. He was in the Invitational Honors Program at the University of Florida and graduated with honors. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford University. In Law School he was the Notes Editor of The University of North Carolina Law Review and became a member of the Order of the Coif.
He has lectured widely and published many book chapters and journal articles. He has edited hundreds of articles for the Center for Ecozoic Studies and has written many articles for its publications as well.
He lives with his wife in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and his two sons and their families live in Denver, Colorado.