Andrew Willner

Andrew Willner has been a leader, organizer, and advocate for the New York/New Jersey Bioregion for 25 years.  He was an early proponent of the Waterkeeper model of water and habitat protection as the founder of NY/NJ Baykeeper.

Andrew is principal of the consulting firm, Sustainability Solutions, and from 2008 to 2014 was the Principal Professional Consultant for energy, transportation, and the environment to the Hugo Neu Corporation

Andrew  has been a city planner, furniture designer, sculptor, boat builder, environmentalist, PermaculturistTransition advocate, story teller, blogger, and he exhibits his photographs taken while patrolling the New York/ New Jersey Harbor for 20 years on the Baykeeper skiff. He is writing a book, Fish and Ships, a photo narrative of the people, places, and environment of one of the most beautiful and vulnerable estuaries in the world.

Andrew  is a sought after speaker on a wide variety of subjects including environmental advocacy, habitat restoration, sustainability, Permaculture and Transition, and is often asked to read  from his fiction and non-fiction writing.

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Rondout Riverport 2040: Part 2

Rondout Riverport 2040 will serve as an empowering example to our bioregion and our country – demonstrating the viability of ethical livelihoods and teaching beneficial sustainable technologies that do minimal socio-environmental harm; methodologies that foster self-reliance and promote Slow Tech hands-on work practices.

January 29, 2021

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Rondout Riverport 2040: Part 1

Rondout Riverport 2040 offers the communities of Kingston and Esopus, New York, a visionary template and extraordinary opportunity for remaking and transforming the Rondout Creek and Hudson River Working Waterfront over the next 20 years.

January 26, 2021

View of the Hudson by Robert Havell

Wellbeing Farm, a “Slow Tech Living Laboratory” for the Hudson Valley Bioregion

Wellbeing Farm will explore an array of innovative heritage and leading-edge technologies by which individuals, communities, and the Hudson Valley Bioregion can thrive in decades ahead – designing and realizing pragmatic, environmentally and economically sound tools for peacefully, equitably, and intelligently transitioning away from fossil fuels.

September 4, 2020

Titanic lifeboat

Building Lifeboats – Building Community: Navigating Uncharted Territory

We need to change the narrative now, embrace a new story truer to circumstance — a storyline in which we heroically face adversity together, creating abundance out of crisis together, moving with agility through chaos toward new community values that will sustain us in the unsettled years ahead.

June 11, 2020

Reinvigorating Mid-Atlantic Waterways: Traditional and Artisanal Fishing

For centuries before and after the European colonization of the Mid-Atlantic region of North America, fishing and shell fishing using traditional methods fed the people of our Bio-region.

May 31, 2017


Preserving the Past to Serve the Future: Using Pre-fossil Fuel Technology on Regional Waterways

Transitioning includes reinvigoration of heirloom technologies and traditional skills needed to thrive in a carbon-constrained future.

August 27, 2013

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