About the authors:
This Environmental Audit for Benedictine Communities in Central and South America was prepared under the direction of members of the Benedictine Sistersof Erie, PA whose work with Earth Force, Inc. gives expression to theCommunity’s commitment to Ecological Stewardship.Principal author, William L. Bartlett, graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics; he hasbeen an advocate for environmental protection and human rights through his work with various non-profit making organisations. Presently he is preparing tospend a year serving as an Americorps volunteer working with Lake Erie- Allegheny Earth Force, where he will continue to work with groups of youthtrying to implement sustainable changes in their communities. He remains verygrateful for the Benedictine community of Erie, and for his beautiful son who was born during the preparation of this manual. Annette Marshall, OSB has served as Director of Administration for theWestern Pennsylvania (USA) branch of Earth Force* since 1997. After twenty-five years as teacher and school administrator in Catholic elementary and highschools, she now enjoys sharing her love for nature and her commitment todeveloping the next generation of civic leaders with school teachersand youth leaders.Pat Lupo, OSB has served as Program Director for the Western Pennsylvania(USA) branch of Earth Force since 1997. Daily through the education of teachers and students and in her personal commitment to local, state, nationaland bi-national boards, Pat models responsible citizenshipand environmental stewardship.Margarita Dangel, OSB has served as Education Director for the WesternPennsylvania (USA) branch of Earth Force since 1997. Her position as asummer camp director and assistant for environmental education at theBenedictine owned center prepared her in many ways to guide youth andeducators to become actively involved in their community. Her goal is to help young people realize that they are really needed in their community and thatthey can contribute to finding solutions to environmental problems.* www.earthforce.org/section/offices/leaCover image: “Web of Life” painting by Daniel Fallshaw www.artofcreation.co.uk.