Focus your work. Create connections. Change the world.


Strategic Communications

Crafting messages, language, strategy and products to prompt action from targeted audiences

Network Development

Connecting allies to accelerate progress in education, sustainability, and the public good.

Work Management Systems

Designing efficient work systems and supporting team communications

Research and Analysis

Conducting interviews, data scans and more to analyze trends of success and challenge

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Education Expertise

Applying expertise in PreK-12 education programs and policy, specializing in environmental literacy and nature-based connections

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Coaching and Facilitation

Leading workshops, facilitating strategic meetings, and communications coaching

Clients and Collaborators

Melanie focuses on creating effective work systems and clear, strategic communications. She is a Network Strategist connecting the people, entities, and ideas that promote nature and environmental sustainability as the vehicle for learning, living, and leadership.

Melanie Meren

The process person.


Defender of all things good and fun.


A force of – and for – nature.

Featured Articles

Three Thoughts For Motivating Your School To Go Green

If you’re focused on making your school more sustainable and green, you may also have your own list of ideas and goals for the year. Rock on!
Yet, while you might be energized and ready to go green, others around you might be swimming in the sea of settling into school.
So how do you help others motivate to make the space in the full days to focus on school sustainability?

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Get Started with a Green Intention

The universe WANTS you to green your school! When you put an intention out into the universe, the universe responds. Well, I'm not saying that intergalactic aliens are going to come help you green your school! But when you are excited about your idea and start sharing...

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Why write From the Edge of the School Yard?

Since 2009 I've been a network strategist focused on creating effective work systems and clear, strategic communications. I've honed my skills to be wickedly efficient in work management and communications. At the same time, I've accumulated knowledge in Pre-K to 12...

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"Melanie brings calm to chaos with a strategic, professional and kind approach... She made our work possible."

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"She brings her heart, brain and full energy to every project."

"Her talents and vision have taken our organization to the next level. I highly recommend her."

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