Michael Edelstein – An Environmental Psychologist, Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D. (Social Psychology, SUNY Buffalo, 1975) is a sustainability theorist and practitioner. He heads the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he has taught for 37 years. For the undergraduate program, he regularly teaches courses on Sustainable Communities, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Psychology and World Sustainability. He is also a core faculty member in the new Masters in Sustainable Studies. He has also conducted a study abroad program in Environmental Psychology in Venice, Italy.
Dr. Edelstein has frequently been called upon to give his expert opinion in toxic tort litigation and environmental administrative hearings. Recent work has been on the community impacts of oil and gas development in Alberta, Canada and environmental justice impacts from reauthorizing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. He has traveled extensively to study sustainability issues, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Projects currently under application for funding involve studies of the impacts of the Central Asian Aral Sea disaster and of cultural adaptation of Swedish Saami to the Chernobyl disaster as a model for future climate adaptations.