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Wolfson Campus (Main Office)
300 NE 2nd Avenue Room #1201
Miami, FL 33132

Kendall Campus
11011 SW 104 Street Room #8201-4
Miami, FL 33176

Padrón Campus

627 SW 27th Avenue Room #612100
Miami, FL 33135

North Campus
11380 NW 27 Avenue Room #1256
Miami, FL 33167



Mike Matthews
EEI Collegewide Director

Wolfson Campus
Room #1201

Mike Matthews is an environmental educator interested in how human society and culture interface with and affect the natural world.  He has an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Florida International University and his thesis research looked at the efficacy of experiential teaching techniques as used in environmental education.  Other areas of study include deep ecology, environmental ethics, South Florida ecology, environmental policy, and sustainable development. Matthews has held a visiting instructor position at Florida Gulf Coast University where he taught Environmental Biology, Global Environment and Society, Deep Ecology, and FGCU’s University Colloquium (which focuses on sustainability issues, educational reform, and the Earth Charter).  He has also taught for Florida International University’s Department of Earth and Environment, Johnson & Wales University, and has worked as a naturalist at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center in Crandon Park.  Matthews currently serves as director of Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College where he oversees the institute’s programming and operations across all eight Miami Dade College campuses. 
 Words from the Director
The Call for Earth Literacy


Ms. Kolitz holds a B.S. degree and completed graduate course work both in Environmental Studies and Education. She has more than ten years of professional experience in program coordination, environmental education, and public outreach, and has served as the Earth Ethics Institute’s Kendall Campus Program Professional since 2012.


Netiva Kolitz
Program Professional
Kendall Campus
Room 8201-4




Stephen Nesvacil
Program Professional
North Campus
Room 1254-9

Stephen Nesvacil is an environmental educator interested in co-creating community building aligned in nature. He graduated from Florida International University with BA’s in Religious Studies and Liberal Studies with certificates in Environmental Studies and Spirituality. His Bachelor Thesis for Honors focused on a critique of modern industrial agriculture, which informed ongoing interests in agro-ecology and sustainable food systems, eco-spirituality, and biomimicry. Interested in eco-spirituality, Stephen uses his experience as a chaplain to a spiritual community as inspiration in relying on Nature as primary reality and spiritual home. His belief that Nature is our primary teacher informs how he connects students and Earth through mindfulness and nature reflection.



Mark Tirpak has a background in urban planning and research as well as community and youth development, project management, and service design. He is passionate about frugal innovation -- or creative problem-solving in the face of limited resources and other constraints. Mark's environmental sustainability interests include but are not limited to:  built form and public health, active transport, design with nature, voluntary simplicity, waste (including food waste) reduction, disaster risk reduction, distributed energy production and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investing and organizational management.

 Mark Tirpak

Dr. Mark Tirpak
Program Professional

Padrón Campus
Room 3210




Kristen Nieves
Administrative Assistant

EEI Wolfson Campus

Kristen is a recent graduate of the University of Florida as well as a 2018 graduate of the MDC Honors College. Her studies focus on international and sustainability studies, with minor focus on Chinese language and culture. Kristen hopes to continue on the path toward advancing sustainability efforts both locally and internationally. Her major interests lie in climate education, conservation, climate adaptation and resilience, renewable energy innovation, sustainable development, and global studies.




 Chandra links pulsar to historic supernova 


Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
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