Kelly Cain, Ph.D.

Executive Director, St. Croix Institute Emeritus Professor, UW-River Falls

Board of Directors

Kelly joined WECC’s Board of Directors in 2011. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis in Resource Management, conducting groundbreaking research and developing strategic plans in regards to energy and food self-sufficiency, re-localization of community economics, and the relevance of these issues to the general public. He has spent a wealth of time consulting with nonprofits, campuses, communities, small businesses, government agencies, and multi-national corporations, allowing Kelly to provide a holistic systems approach to sustainability-based design, management, and business development opportunities for WECC.

At the University of Wisconsin—River Falls for nearly 30 years, Kelly was Director of Sustainability, Founding Director of the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, and Professor of Environmental Science and Management. Major recent accomplishments include the conceptualization and ushering of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity Eco Village project, which includes 18 LEED Platinum, net-zero homes. Kelly is also responsible for completing the only campus-based carbon-negative climate action plan currently in place in the United States. He recently shifted the St. Croix Institute into private consulting, where he champions a carbon-negative, quadruple-bottom-line (4XBL) approach to going “beyond sustainability.”