Keith A. Wheeler is an author and has served in key management roles in environmental science. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Syracuse University and graduate degrees in Environmental Science and Soil and Water Conservation from Cornell University; his M.S. thesis was on "Morphological and chemical changes induced by refuse disposal leachate on soils" He is the author of numerous peer reviewed and popular publications, including a book titled Education for Sustainability: a Paradigm for Hope, published by Kluwer Academic (ISBN 9780306464201).
He has over 35 years of professional experience in the fields of sustainability, conservation, technology and the environment. Presently, he is Chairman and CEO of ZedX Inc., an international knowledge management and IT company that focuses on sustainable resource management through an interactive, web-based, decision-support systems designed for the agricultural, water and energy sectors. He is also the current Chairman of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication and serves as a director on the IUCN global board.
Wheeler is a Director of , an international sustainability and CSR consultancy that has advised numerous companies and governmental organizations including General Motors and the US Dept of Energy. As co-founder of the Foundation for Our Future he created a non-governmental R&D organization focused on sustainable development, knowledge management, organizational change management, and capacity development. He served as President of CFix LLC, a conservation carbon sequestration fund engaged in developing forest based carbon offset projects in South America; he was the first Executive Director for the  (GREEN), with 46 coordinating offices and programs in over 55,000 communities in 135 nations worldwide. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Director of New York States Adirondack Park Agency directing education and outreach efforts in the 6-million-acre (24,000 km2) protected area, and a Soil Scientist for the USDA-SCS working in the areas of resource interpretation and geographic information system development.
Wheeler was appointed to the President Clinton’s Council for Sustainable Development: , served as Co-Chairman of the White House Conference on Partnerships for Education about the Environment and as Co-Chairman of Education for Sustainability: An Agenda for Action, a White House Initiative to establish a national framework for education and capacity development for sustainability. Keith also served on the White House OSTP National Environmental Technology Strategy working group. In addition, he is a Director on the boards of IUCN-US , the Cornell Technology Farm , the Foundation for Our Future , the Paul F-Brandwein Institute , and Sweet Spring Salmon .