Keith McDade


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • MCRP, Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon
  • M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan

Keith McDade is an associate professor of sustainability studies at the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, a director of the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program and a director of the Reese Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources. In 2019, McDade received the Raymond Morris Bost Distinguished Professor Award, given annually to honor an LR faculty member for outstanding teaching and mentorship.

Before joining the faculty, McDade worked as a waste prevention manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, a field representative for American Farmland Trust in California and an archives and historic preservation planner in the Federated States of Micronesia and a park planner in Oregon.

He also has experience as an environmental educator, an agroforestry extension volunteer with the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa and an advisor to Village Focus International in Laos, where he is now a board member.

Locally, McDade is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment for the City of Asheville, an advisory committee representative on the City of Asheville's Comprehensive Plan process, a representative on the City's Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Plan and a member of Leadership Asheville.