As publisher of Revitalization News Storm perceives the latest trends in urban / rural regeneration, natural resource restoration, and economic
resilience worldwide.  As a speaker, he helps places overcome lethargy, pessimism, partisanship, and silos when launching renewal efforts.
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Storm Cunningham: Biography

 

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  • Publisher, Revitalization News The global journal of news, research, and opportunities related to social, economic, and environmental renewal. Published twice monthly.
  • Process Planner for urban. rural, and regional revitalization.
    Storm helps ensure that places have a comprehensive revitalization process, not just a vision, project, or plan. He helps clients enhance their economy, boost quality of life, and increase climate resilience by repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting their natural, built, and socioeconomic assets.
  • Author, The Restoration Economy (Berrett Koehler, 2002)
  • Author, reWealth (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008)
  • Author, Revitalizing Education (coming November 2017)

About Storm
As publisher of Revitalization News, Storm is abreast of the latest trends, tools, and techniques in urban/rural regeneration, natural resource restoration, and economic resilience worldwide. As a speaker and workshop leader for communities, he often serves as a “public motivator“: raising awareness of local revitalization potential to reduce lethargy, pessimism, partisanship, and professional/organizational “silo thinking”.

Storm has also been called an EcoSocioEconomic Turnaround Specialist. As a trainer and educator, he helps places and organizations understand and apply the dynamics of creating effective, resilient, holistic revitalization strategies that get well-funded and effectively implemented.

Storm has also helped colleges and universities raise millions of public and private dollars to endow new chairs and launch institutes related to community redevelopment, natural resource restoration, and climate adaptation. His upcoming 3rd book, Revitalizing Education (November, 2017), will show academic institutions how to grow by researching and teaching regenerative disciplines. Given the $16 trillion that’s about to be unleashed by the Paris Agreement on climate change, this new book is well-timed. Much of that investment will be focused on redesigning and retrofitting cities, and on restoring green infrastructure.

Storm has been called “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” by George L. Ochs, Managing Director, Global Real Assets, JP Morgan. Ochs calls Cunningham’s 2008 book, reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.” He works worldwide as a strategy and policy consultant to local, regional, and national governments.

Cunningham is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary“, “Remarkable“, “A modern classic“, “A landmark work“, “Required reading“, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Foreword was written by legendary 4-term Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut, now a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Bill Leary, former Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality, says of reWealth: “This is the book world leaders should be talking about! In reWealth they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives.

Storm’s third book, Revitalizing Education: Research & curricula for Careers in the Global Restoration Economy will be published in November of 2017.

Storm also writes chapters for the books of other authors, such as Project Management Circa 2025 on the future of the project management profession (Project Management Institute, 2009) and Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes (CRC Press, June 2010).

Storm might be the only revitalization facilitator who addresses all aspects of renewal; natural and cultural resources, urban and rural communities, industrialized and lesser-developed countries, etc. On any given day, he might be working with educators, fishery biologists, city planners, agronomists, watershed managers, transportation engineers, environmentalists, economic development organizations, real estate developers, GIS software firms, project managers, mayors, ecosystem restorers, brownfields experts, historic preservationists, or catastrophe recovery agencies.

He is retained on a regular basis to speak or consult with federal agencies (such as Environment Canada), state/provincial governments, metropolitan areas & rural communities, and Fortune 500 companies. [Just two examples: The U.S. State Department (through the American Embassy in Warsaw) sponsored Storm’s Polish speaking tour (and series of meetings with mayors) in 2006. In November of 2007, Storm was a keynoter (as was Bill Clinton) the Ontario Economic Summit, an invitation-only event for the province’s most influential public and private leaders.] Storm also lectures at leading academic institutions worldwide on a regular basis.

Storm was contracted by the U.S. State Department to provide sustainability training for public leaders in dozens of countries. He was hired by the U.S. Embassy in Poland to train mayors and city leaders. He provided regional revitalization training for Danish government. He has done revitalization talks and workshops in Italy, Belgium, UK, Mexico, Canada, and more. From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada’s largest college) in Toronto.

Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to 2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 16,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers. They provide training and certification for construction specifiers and document specialists, and their formats are the standard for quality commercial construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. During this time, he was CSI’s staff liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.

He was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. His passion for integrating economics and nature goes back to his undergraduate business major and biology minor at Windham College in Vermont. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Abbreviated Bio

Storm Cunningham is publisher of Revitalization News, the global journal of news, research, and original articles related to urban/rural revitalization, environmental restoration, and economic/social resilience. He works worldwide as a Renewal Process Planner for non-profits, foundations, and local/national government agencies.

Storm is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary”, “Remarkable”, “A modern classic”, “A landmark work”, “Required reading”, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.”

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. George Ochs, Director of Real Asset Investment at JP Morgan calls Storm “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” and calls reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.”

Storm’s third book, Revitalizing Education: Research & curricula for Careers in the Global Restoration Economy will be published in November of 2017.

From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada’s largest college) in Toronto. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 60+ year-old association of 18,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

"Storm is the world's Renewal Process Planner, helping places revitalize and regenerate their economic, social, heritage, built, and natural realms together."