Beth Jones is a writer, researcher, and project manager with over twenty years' experience working on environmental issues.
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With a primary focus on urban transportation, Jones has spearheaded a range of projects to promote and improve sustainable mobility and urban form. She holds an M.A. in Adult Education and her expertise in social marketing has also recently contributed to the success of community gardening, renewable energy, and energy efficiency intitiatives.
Clients have included Green Communities Canada, the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Greenest City, Greening Sacred Spaces, and the Province of Ontario's Growth Secretariat at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal.
In 1989, Beth Jones fled a PhD program in Psychology to become an environmentalist and never looked back. In her early years she worked for Greenpeace, where her responsibilities ranged from managing direct mail campaigns to blocking rail shipments. Later she returned to school to study Adult Education, with a focus on Green Economics and Social Marketing. She received an M.A. from OISE/UofT in 1996. It was in 1997 that Jones's efforts shifted urban transportation, when she co-founded Moving the Economy, an organization that promotes the economic benefits of shifting to sustainable transportation systems. She acted as Manager of Research and Program Development there until 2006.
In her spare time, Jones chairs the Board of Directors of Transportation Options, fixes up her century old house, and is one of 427 co-owners of North America's first urban wind turbine, located at Toronto's Exhibition Place. She is also an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction.