Stephen Polk

Core Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
BA Environmental Studies
(303) 245-4671
MA, Political Science University of Colorado Denver; BA, Political Science University of Colorado Denver; Diplomat of Permaculture Design in the fields of Education and Human Rights from the Permaculture Institute.
BA Environmental Studies
ENV260, Introduction to Permaculture / ENV342, Permaculture Design / ENV207, History of the Environmental Movement / COR440, Capstone II / Courses previously offered COR220, Community Based Learning and Action / ENV625, Human Rights & Global Justice

Stephen Polk, MA. Stephen has been active politically, socially, and ecologically for the last two decades. Based in the Denver Metro area, he received his MA from the University of Colorado Denver in Political Science. His Master’s thesis analyzed the political and practical dimensions of permaculture within Denver’s cooperative housing community, the community in which he has called home since 2004. Stephen has worked primarily on a community level addressing issues ranging from anti-oppression and truly affordable housing, to the construction of regenerative systems in communal settings. Stephen is an Assistant Professor in the BA Environmental Studies Program.

  • Polk, S. (2020) “Food Justice, Permaculture, and Global Urban Strategy”, in Globalism and Localization: Emergent Solutions to our Ecological and Social Crises. Canty, J. ed. London, New York: Routledge Press.
  • “Stephen Polk: A City by and for the People.” (2017) Pilot Light, The Official Blog Of Naropa University.
  • “Germinate: A beginning” (2018) -Co-founder of the podcast and featured in numerous episodes on how to design and build a permaculture paradise in an urban setting

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

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