Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science

Specialty:Sustainability Education and Ecological Design
Phone:(607) 339-1153
Office:106 Rothschild Place
Ithaca, NY 14850


  • Masters of Public Affairs, Indiana University, 1994: International Comparative Affairs and Natural Resource Management

  • Certificate in Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Reporting, Fall 2011, online through the Sustainability Learning Centre, Toronto, Canada

  • The Natural Step: a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, Level 2, June - Sept 2011, Banff, Canada, and online

  • The Natural Step: a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, Level 1,  Summer 2011, Toronto, Canada, and online

  • Advanced Permaculture Design Consultant Training, Summer 2009, Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas, California

  • Permaculture Design Certification for Tropical Climates, 1998, Permaculture Institute, Tiruvannamalai, India                                                                                                          

Currently Teaching:

"Gardens, Ecological Design and Practice" A 1-credit course taught during Block I of Fall semesters, and Block II in Spring semesters. In this course, students work with Karryn, as well as student Course Assistants, to get hands-on experience in the organic gardens and the Permaculture Garden near Williams Hall. We also cover the basics of gardening and permaculture with content varying depending on the season and tasks at hand. See more info about the Permaculture Garden in the sidebar.

ENVS 22500 "Fundamentals of Permaculture" This is the first of a two-semester course series that will lead to students earning a Permaculture Design Certificate through the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, which Karryn co-founded. Karryn is supporting curriculum development of this course, which will be taught by another lecturer.

Other Courses I've taught:

Professional Development Online Courses

"Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum" online course, which was an elective in the Sustainability Leadership professional certificate available through Graduate and Professional Studies. 

"Topics in Sustainability" courses:

ENVS 20200 Practical Strategies for Sustainable Water Management (Fall 2010)

ENVS 20200 Foundations of Permaculture (Spring 2009)

Other past courses:

ENVS 11200 Sustainability Practices and Principles (Fall 2009)

BIOL 12000 Fundamentals of Biology Labs (Spring 2010)

Additional professional roles at Ithaca College:

In 2008, Karryn became the coordinator of the Partnerships in Sustainability Education between Ecovillage (where Karryn and her family reside) and Ithaca College; and she subsequently co-led the Community Partners aspect of the Committed to Change initiative until 2012. During this time, she also co-coordinated the Finger Lakes Project­—a workshop that supported professionals in higher education in taking on the challenging, interdisciplinary task of incorporating sustainability into their courses or institutions.

Outside of Ithaca College:

Karryn co-founded the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute in 2005. 

Karryn is the principal of SEED Sustainability Consulting.

Karryn supports the leadership of women in permaculture through her thought leadership and online Thrivelihood courses.

Karryn presented at the Finger Lakes Bioneers in 2009; and in 2016, is the keynote speaker for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network's annual conference, which is themed Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land.