about Us

Dan Blessing and I met co-instructing a 3 week Outward Bound course (Weasel Scat) in northern Minnesota in 2007 with an exceptional group of students and a mutual interest in big adventures.  We agreed to partner in the future on an epic paddling trip across the North American continent.  Inspired by the educational efforts of expeditionary educators like Will Steger and Michael Fay, I began to build and propose a plan of study to various colleges, finding support with John Miles, and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment in Bellingham, Washington.  With the help of friends, family, and faculty, the beginning of Paddle For Sustainability took shape.                                                           


The vision and mission statement of

Paddle For Sustainability:

Through personal challenges and commitments, we, and with everyone we encounter, will strive to educate and facilitate behaviors that will renew environmental respect and sustainable citizenship.

Goals of

Paddle For Sustainability:

To promote the education, practice, and social integration of sustainability concepts in the 21st century.

Improve the ecological literacy of the human population.

Provide a link between educators, communities, and organizations pursuing a sustainable future.

Be a source of resources for people and projects aiming to

develop sustainability in their community.


Paddle For Sustainability is a

Environmental Education

graduate field project by

Marc Van Grinsven at

Western Washington University

Why Paddle For SustainabilitY ?

Marc Van Grinsven

Dan Blessing