Susan Ask

Susan Ask works with University of Illinois Extension as a community liaison, connecting the scholarship of the University with environmental programs in the Chicago area.  She focuses on energy efficiency, ecology, green building, and water issues. For more than 20 years, Ask has been exploring the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment. Ask has a master’s degree in Ecosystem Science and Management from the Yale University School of Forestry—her master’s work provided an ecological critique of five decades of green architecture in the United States—and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas. She has done field research on soils, rare mammals and ecosystem processes in urban, suburban and wild places from coastal Maine to the Texas Gulf Coast to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.