• Professor Tracy Fredin

    Tracy Fredin

    Assistant Professor in Advanced Degrees and Administrative Licensure
    Director of the Center for Global Environmental Education


    Tracy Fredin holds a BS in Biology and environmental education from the University of Minnesota and an MA in public administration from Hamline University. He has been the director of Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) since 1995. In this position, he provides vision and leadership, managing all aspects of CGEE’s programs. As a member of the Hamline School of Education faculty, Fredin teaches graduate-level courses in CGEE’s Master of Arts Program in Natural Science and Environmental Education. He is also a founding member of the Watershed Partners --an award-winning consortium of 60 organizations that provide watershed education in the Twin Cities metro area, a member of the National Association of Environmental Educators, and a board member of the SciMath Minnesota. Mr. Fredin also serves as the executive producer of CGEE’s multimedia learning programs.

    Teaching Style

    In Tracy’s classes the emphasis is thinking about systems and getting out and experiencing the environment. Tying theory to practice is a critical aspect of the learning environment that is established in these experiences. Typically students are taught to think in terms of problem identification, systems thinking, and moving to action. Fredin has served on many boards and recently served on the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework at the University of Minnesota. Engaging all citizens is a critical part of his teaching philosophy.

    “If future water supplies are to be healthy and sustainable, they will need the support of a well informed public that cares about water and takes personal responsibility for ensuring that policies and practices are in place to take care of it in the long term. This means ensuring that all [Americans] from children to adults, learn about water and its role in supporting human activity and environmental quality.”

    Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework,
    Water Resource Center, University of Minnesota 2011