Michael Lerner (environmentalist)

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Michael Lerner (born 1943, New York City) is co-founder and president of Commonweal, a nonprofit institute in Bolinas, California and co-founder and president emeritus of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C.[1][2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1943 in New York City, Lerner is the eldest son of the political philosopher Max Lerner, author of America as a Civilization and psychologist Edna Albers Lerner. He received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1965 and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1971.[citation needed]


Lerner taught political science and psychology at Yale before moving to Bolinas, California and co-founding Full Circle, a residential treatment center for children with learning and behavior disorders. In 1976, Lerner co-founded Commonweal, a self-described "educational center," located in Bolinas.[citation needed]




  1. ^ http://www.shiftinaction.com/discover/luminaries/dr_michael_lerner
  2. ^ Dance, Betsy; Williams, Kitty (2000). First aid yourself: essential breast cancer websites. Essential Websites. Hope Springs Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-9639531-8-4. 
  3. ^ Guenther, Robin; Vittori, Gail (2008). Sustainable healthcare architecture. John Wiley and Sons. p. 419. ISBN 0-471-78404-4. 
  4. ^ http://www.commonweal.org/about/
  5. ^ http://www.cleanmed.org/2009/awards/ehha.htm
  6. ^ http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.php?mode2=detail&origin=ibids_references&therow=730699
  7. ^ "Michael Lerner, PhD. Medicine and the environment. Interview by Bonnie Horrigan". Altern Ther Health Med. 9 (2): 80–8. 2003. PMID 12652887. 

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