Scholarship Activities


  • Scherch, J. (2011). Getting the Word Out on Sustainability Innovations – via Amateur Radio Communications. In Christopher Mare & Max Lindegger’s (Eds.) Designing Ecological Habitats: Creating A Sense of Place. Hampshire, UK: Permanent Publications. (ISBN: 978-185623-061-2).
  • Scherch, J. (2007, 2004, 2000). Riverton: Envisioning a Sustainable Community. In D. Fauri, S. Wernet & F.E. Netting’s (Eds.) Cases in Social Work Macro Practice, New York: Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0-205-49847-5).
  • Scherch, J., Fraser, T., Lee Bradley, A. & Nolt, J. (2005). Models of Sustainability. In John Nolt’s (Ed.) A Land Imperiled: The Declining Ecological Health of Southern Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. (ISBN: 157233326X).
  • Scherch, J. (1998). Eco-village Development: A Report from Southern Appalachia. In Marie D. Hoff’s (Ed.). Sustainable Community Development: Studies in Environmental, Economic, and Cultural Revitalization. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press LLC. (ISBN: 1574441299)
  • Nolt, J.; Bradley, A.L.; Knapp, M.; Lampard, D.E. & Scherch, J. (1997). What Have We Done? The Foundation for Global Sustainability’s State of the Bioregion Report for the Upper Tennessee Valley & Southern Appalachian Mountains. Washburn, TN: Earth Knows Publications. (ISBN: 0964465922).
  • Scherch, J. (1997). Living Responsibly: A Study of Sustainable Living in East Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian Bioregion. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Tennessee). Dissertation Abstracts International, 59 (1998):325A.


  • Scherch, J. (2015). Rural Community Transition and Resilience: What now for social work? Invited. Invited submission for Special Issue on “Promoting Environmental Justice in Rural Communities” in Contemporary Rural Social Work, 7(1), 56-70.
  • Scherch, J. (2014). New Roots for Sustainable Development: Bamboo Resources and Triple Bottom Line Performance in Alabama’s Black Belt Region. The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, 9(2), 61-78. Presented at the Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan January, 2013.
  • Scherch, J. (2013). There’s Something in the Air: Amateur Radio and its Contributions to International Sustainable Community Development. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. 8(1).
  • Scherch, J. (2009). Whither Our Embrace of Bamboo: Observations from Forest, Farm and Factory. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5(4), 163-178.
  • Scherch, J. (2008). Repointing the Ivory Tower: Designing for Relevancy, Efficacy, Humility in view of The Great Turning. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 1(5), 7-15.
  • Scherch, J. (2006). From Rhizome to Renaissance: Engaging Integral Bamboo Systems for Sustainable Development. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2(4). Paper presented at Second International Conference on Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Hanoi, Vietnam, January.
  • Scherch, J. (2005). Sustainability in Exile: Envisioning Permanent Culture in Tibetan Refugee Settlements. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 1(2). Paper presented at First International Conference on Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Honolulu, Hawaii, February. Runner-up, Annual Prize for Excellence on the basis of its contribution to new thinking in the field.


  • Scherch, J. (2012). Sustainability in Exile: Tibetan Farmers Cultivating Compassion. Video documentary portraying collaboration on sustainable agriculture innovations with Tibetan government-in-exile and refugee settlement communities. Online:
  • Scherch, J. (2011). Invited Film Review for Burning in the Sun. Bullfrog Films,
    DVD ISBN:1-59458-911-9.
  • Scherch, J. (2010). Invited Film Review for The Age of Stupid. Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, DVD ISBN: 1-59458-945-3.
  • Scherch, J. (2010). Invited Book Review for Sustainability: An Introduction for Business. Scott T. Young & Kathy Dhanda. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Scherch, J. (2008). Poverty Alleviation and Urban/Rural Reciprocities: Designing, Learning, Collaborating for Eco-City Dhaka, Bangladesh. Paper presented and published for EcoCity World Summit 2008, San Francisco, CA, April.
  • Scherch, J. (2007). Creating a Cool School: 10 Activities to Transform your School, Better your Budgets, Inspire Hope & Teach Solutions to Global Warming. Unpublished material.
  • Scherch, J., Tsering, L. & Hall, M. (2004). Outcome Report. Unpublished paper for 2004 Permaculture Design Workshop, Tibetan Central Authority, Bylakuppe Settlement, Karnataka State, India.
  • Scherch, J. (2003). Washington’s Future: No Time or Resources to Waste. An abridged version appeared in the July 17 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce.
  • Scherch, J. (2003). Surfaces for Salmon: Integrating Roofscapes, Hardscapes and Landscapes for Effective Stormwater Management. Poster accepted for Green Rooftops for Sustainable Development, The First North American Green Roof Infrastructure Conference, Chicago.
  • Scherch, J. (1999). Sustainable Business Principles: New Approaches for a New Era. An abridged version appeared in the March 22 edition of the Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • Scherch, J. (1999). LED There Be Light. Home Power Magazine. 73, Oct. / Nov., 88-90.
  • Scherch, J. (1998). Environmental Problems and Vulnerable Populations: Developing a Social Work Response Grounded in Bioregionalism. Unpublished paper for the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, April.
  • Scherch, J. (1997). Invited Book Review for The Global Environmental Crisis: Implications for social welfare and social work. Marie D. Hoff & John G. McNutt, Editors, Ashgate Publishers, Brookfield, VT (ISBN: 1856285855). Journal of Community Practice, 4(1), 137-140.


  • Master of Ceremonies (2010). Eat Local Now northwest harvest celebration, 350+ participants, Seattle, September.
  • Presenter, (2010). Collaborative International Permaculture Design within Tibetan Refugee Settlements. For Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Seattle, September.
  • Panel Member (2008). Northwest Food, Northwest Gardens: learning from one another as we go. For Seattle Bioneers, October, Seattle, WA.
  • Co-Presenter with Davis, G., Fox, M., Garfunkel, J. (2008). A Journey Towards Becoming a Sustainable School. For Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW) Annual Conference. November, Wenatchee, WA.
  • Presenter (2008). Designing for Abundance: Exploring Opportunities for Northwest Integrated Resource Systems. For Snohomish County Sustainable Development Taskforce, February.
  • Invited Lecturer, (2008). Living Sustainably: Strategies of Consumption & Collaboration. For the Dynamic Sustainability Summer Series of The McGregor Institute for INtellectual Development (MIIND). Yellow Springs, Ohio, August.
  • Presenter (2008). Designing for Abundance: Exploring Opportunities for Northwest Integrated Resource Systems. For Snohomish County Sustainable Development Taskforce, February.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, 2008.
  • Presenter (2007). People, Places, Permaculture: Revealing patterns of resources, relationships & realities. For Northwest Ecobuilding Guild Annual Retreat, October.
  • Presenter (2007). Bamboo for Sustainable Development in China & Beyond. For Global Issues & Perspectives Series, Antioch University Seattle, April 11.
  • Co-Presenter with Bullert, B.J. & Keller, J. (2007). Green Dreaming: Envisioning Sustainability around You. For the Seattle Bioneers Conference, October.
  • Panelist, Toward an Ecology of Sustainable Schools and Community. For Food, Farming, Culture and Education Summer Institute, Bainbridge Island, WA, July, 2007 & 2008.
  • Presenter, Sustainable Schools Project inaugural training event, Breidablik Elementary School, North Kitsap School District, Poulsbo, WA, July, 2008.
  • Participant, E3 Washington Regional Summit for Environmental Education, June, 2008.
  • Keynote Presenter (2007). Integrated Bamboo Resource Systems: Teaching for Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability in China. For 3rd China National Symposium on Bamboo & International Conference. Zhejiang Forestry University, Zhejiang Province, November.
  • Participant, International Training Certification & Workshop on Bamboo Industrial Processing Technologies and Machines, September, 2006. Zhejiang Province, China.
  • Co-Presenter with Stark, T. (2005). The Joys of Rainwater Harvesting: An Appreciative Inquiry of Northwest Practices and Benefits. For American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) Annual Conference, July, Seattle.
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volumes 1 & 2 (2005-2006).
  • Panelist (2004). What’s Missing Here: A Look at Green Design Integration. For Ecological Design Forum, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Washington, December.
  • Co-Presenter with Phelan, T. & Broili, M. (2003). Teamwork on a Sensitive Site: The Markley Residence (a strawbale home project, on a wetland border, featuring ecological design attributes). For Northwest Ecobuilding Guild Annual Retreat, October.
  • Co-Presenter with O’Brien, K. & Stieg, C. (2002). Ecological Footprinting of Green Buildings. For Environ Design 6, Seattle, April.


  • Founding Director, Pacific Bamboo Resources, (2004-Present).
  • Program Vice President, Northwest Chapter of the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SERNW), representing programs and membership in states of: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Oregon & Washington, (2008-2011).
  • Member, Advisory Board, Community Energy Solutions, Bainbridge Island, WA. (2007-present).
  • Sustainable Development Consultant, OASIS International, Dhaka, Bangladesh, August, (2007).
  • Member, Solar Washington.
  • Member and former Board Member, Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.
  • Member, American Bamboo Society (ABS), Pacific Northwest Chapter.
  • Affiliate, International Network for Bamboo & Rattan (INBAR).
  • Member, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.
  • Member, Curriculum for the Bioregion Think Tank, a project of the Washington Center for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, The Evergreen State College, Washington. (2005-06).
  • Sustainable Community Development Consultant: Bylakuppe & Kollegal Tibetan Settlements, Karnataka State, India. At invitation of Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Government in Exile. (July/August, 2004; February/March, 2006; August/September, 2009).
  • Conference Program Organizer, Profitable Sustainability: The Future of Business. Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS), Seattle (2004).
  • Advisory Board Member, Village Volunteers, Seattle (2003-Present).
  • Panel Moderator, Salmon Recovery, North American Wilderness Conference, Seattle (2002).
  • Member, Outreach Program, USA/PNW: Internet Conference on EcoCity Development (2002).
  • Member, Steering Committee, Cascade People’s Center Eco-Renovation Project, Seattle (2002).
  • Panel Moderator, Sustainable Food Systems, Co-opportunities Northwest, Seattle (2001).
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northwest Ecobuilding Guild (1999-2001).
  • Member, Seattle / King County Livable Communities Fair Committee (1999).
  • President, Board of Directors, Sustainable Pierce County (1998-2000).
  • President, Board of Directors, Tahoma Food System (1998-2000).
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Climate Solutions (1998-2000).
  • Member, Advisory Board, Foundation for Global Sustainability (1998-Present).
  • Member, Board of Directors, Foundation for Global Sustainability (1995-1997).
  • President, Peace Corps Jamaica Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) (1992-1993).
  • Chair, Special Administrative Consulting Committee, Jamaica 4-H Clubs (1992).
  • Coach / Staff, Jamaica Special Olympics National Games (1992).

Disaster Preparedness & Amateur Radio Communications:

  • Volunteer, Disaster Services – Communications Team, American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, (2011-Present).
  • Licensed Extra-Class amateur radio operator (KK7PW, 1990-Present).
  • Certified Washington State Emergency Worker & Member, City of Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service, Emergency Management (2004-Present).
  • Emergency Communications (EmComm) Training Courses I & II (completed 2005).
  • Certified ARRL Volunteer Examiner (2010-Present). Co-Director: Seattle Amateur Radio Training, 2010 Technician Class license course, October-December, Seattle.
  • Member, Board of Directors, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (2011-Present).


  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL) (current).
  • Jamaican Amateur Radio Association (JARA), (1991-1993).
  • China Radio Sport Association, (2006-2008).
  • Panther Amateur Radio Club (University of Pittsburgh, 1989-1991).
  • UT Amateur Radio Club (University of Tennessee, 1994-1997).
  • Western Washington DX Club (current).
  • West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (current).

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