Forrest Eugene (Gene) Dunaway is the sole owner of Sustainable Strategies, Inc. He is a trainer, designer and coach in the field of adult transformational education. He has worked in the field for 29 years in the United States, Mexico, Russia, Canada and extensively in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. He has working relationships with an extensive group of individuals and organizations he calls on as needed by clients.
In 1992, he founded Sustainable Strategies, Inc. (SSI), with the help and generous support of friends. SSI uses an “integral” approach in its work with individuals and organizations, incorporating perspectives from diverse fields such as business, ecology, psychology, philosophy, economics, governance, ontological coaching, and spirituality.
Gene grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, and received a degree in Psychology with a Business Minor in 1970 from Hendrix College and a Law Degree (JD) from the University of Arkansas in 1973. He practiced general trial law for 13 years also serving as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Izard and Fulton Counties, as well as City Attorney for Horseshoe Bend and Oxford. He opened and operated a branch of Ozark Legal Services in Mountain View from 1980-1988 before moving to California to pursue adult education, coaching and training. He was an associate with ParaComm and worked on sustainable thinking, primarily with Canadian clients before founding SSI in 1992.
After returning to Mountain View, Arkansas in 1996, Gene became involved in river and water conservation. He was a founding member of Friends of the North Fork & White Rivers, Inc., a watershed conservation group in North Central Arkansas. He served on the Board for 9 years and was President for 5 terms. In 2005 he was recognized as Arkansas Water Conservationist of the Year by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in association with the National Wildlife Association. In 2008 he received the Environmental Leadership Award from the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and Citizens First Congress.
Gene also served on the Board of Ozark Regional Land Trust (ORLT) as Vice President. He served on the Board of Alford Forest, Inc. (Treasurer), focused on sustainable forestry and One Garden, which focused on the preservation of heritage seed collections as the foundation for locally grown food economies.