• Sustainability Education Director, Sustainability Office
  • Professor (Lecturer), Environmental & Sustainability

Research Summary

My scholarship centers on the related areas of critical sustainability pedagogy and environmental justice. Using a critical participatory action framework to understand and ameliorate environmental injustices with community, I am able to integrate community-based scholarship as pedagogy.


  • Ph.D. , Parks, Recreation, & Tourism , University of Utah . Project: The Impact of Language Framing on Critical Elaboration in Sustainability Education
  • M. Ed. , Educational Studies, University of Utah
  • B.A., Environmental Studies/Political Science, University of Vermont


Adrienne Cachelin is an Associate Professor/Lecturer with the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at the University of Utah. Her research and teaching interests are rooted in environmental justice and community participatory action research.

Adrienne also serves as the Sustainability Education Director for the University of Utah's Sustainability Office. In this role she facilitates transdisciplinary sustainability education and research through her work on initiatives including faculty workshops and learning communities, development of learning outcomes, and interdisciplinary scholars initiatives.

Selected Publications


*Cachelin, A., Ivkovich, L., Jensen. P., & Neild, M., (2019). Leveraging Foodways for Health and Justice. Local Environment.

Cachelin, A., & Rose, J. (2019). Guiding questions for critical sustainabilities. Journal of Environmental Studies and    Sciences 8(4) 570-572.

Rose, J., & Cachelin, A. (2019). Critical sustainability: Incorporating critical theories into contested sustainabilities. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8(4) 581-525.

*Schott, W. & Cachelin, A. (2017). Promotion vs. education in choosing Real Food. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development 17(1) 182-195.

   Cachelin, A., Rose, J., & Rumore, D. (2016) Leveraging place for critical sustainability education: The promise of participatory action research. Journal of Sustainability Education 11 (February) 1-20.

Cachelin, A. (Ed.). (2015). Savor: Stories of Community, Culture, & Food. Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Education Foundation.

Cachelin, A., Paisley, K., & Rose, J. (2015). Disrupting neoliberal discourse in environmental education: A qualitative analysis of intentional framing. Environmental Education Research 25(8), 1127-1142.

Rose, J., & Cachelin, A. (2014). Critical sustainability in outdoor education: Place as a means to social justice and ecological integrity. Taproot Journal of Outdoor Education 23(1), 7-16.

Rose, J., & Cachelin, A. (2013). Critical sustainability: Promoting pedagogies of placefulness in outdoor education. The Journal of Sustainability Education 5(May) 2-29.

Cachelin, A., & Ruddell, E. (2013). The impact of language framing on sustainability education. Journal for Environmental Studies and Sciences 3(3), 306-315.

Cachelin, A., Paisley, K., & Dustin, D. (2009).  Obligation and opportunity: A role for outdoor educators in the sustainability revolution. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, & Leadership 1(2), 141-150.