Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science

Specialty:Sustainability Education and Ecological Design (2008-2019)
Phone:(607) 339-1153
Office:106 Rothschild Place
Ithaca, NY 14850

New Beginnings:

After working as Adjunct Faculty and Sustainability Educator at Ithaca College since 2008 through the Environmental Studies and Sciences Department, Karryn resigned from IC in December of 2019 to focus on her entrepreneurial endeavors and help move the Green New Deal forward:

Regenepreneurs offers courses and a network to support women who are “allergic to business as usual” but want to learn to use the tools of entrepreneurship to thrive while offering services that regenerate our ecosystems and communities. Contact her at karryn@regenepreneurs.com

Karryn takes on a few clients per year for permaculture design consulting and coaching through SEED Sustainability Consulting. Inquire at karryn@seedsustainabilityconsulting.

Karryn is also the co-founder of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, where you can learn about local permaculture happenings.


Karryn presented

  • at the Association for Baha'i Studies conference in August 2019 on "Cultivating a Regenerative World Order: The Pivotal Roles of Agriculture and Women" 

  • as the keynote speaker for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network's annual conference, which was themed Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land, in the Fall of 2016

  • at the Finger Lakes Bioneers in 2009


  • Change Agent Development Community with Carol Sanford, learning and practicing Regenerative Entrepreneurship

  • Passenger to Pilot a year-long Women Entrepreneurs cohort through REV Ithaca (2016-2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courses I've taught at IC:

ENVS 104 "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 worked 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 covered 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. 

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 22500 "Fundamentals of Permaculture" This was 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 supported curriculum development of this course.

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 Ithaca College and Ecovillage at Ithaca (Karryn and her family lived there for 15 years); 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.