Robyn Morton is the associate director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

Robyn Morton has been the associate director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) since Feb. 1, 2011, but she’s lived the goals and values of the center for years.

“It’s important to my husband and me to find ways of living that are environmentally friendly, low energy, and with low or no consumption.

For a long time, that meant my being a stay-at-home mom because I could manage the home that way,” she said. “Everything I do with a passion I am now doing as a job. It’s just incredible!”

Robyn thinks the work of White Violet Center is vital. “I’m so happy with what the White Violet Center and other entities like this do and, alternately, so scared of what’s happening with our food systems, agriculture and our complete lack of understanding of what it would really take to become a sustainable culture,” she said.

“I think that trying hard to help introduce people to ways of living that are more sustainable is some of the most important work that’s being done right now.”

One of Robyn’s primary duties is managing WVC finances. “There are different kinds of sustainability and one of these is economic. I’ll be working with the rest of the staff to learn ways of making this not only environmentally, culturally, and societally sustainable, but economically sustainable so that it becomes a viable business practice.”

Robyn sees WVC as an example of what others can do. “This is almost a test lab for discovering how to do this well,” she said. “We want to show other people they can make a living at it and bring people back to agriculture and farming.”

This St. Louis native has a master’s in philosophy from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and has done some doctoral study at the University of Washington in philosophy of language and metaphysics.
She has degrees in philosophy and French from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Robyn can be reached at 812-535-2932 or rmorton@spsmw.org.