Kristine Anastasio Manning, an environmentalist and author died April 29th in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was 46 years old.

The cause was neuroendocrine cancer.

In her work and her life, Kristy sought to create an unspoiled place filled with the possibility and promise of peace and harmony.

Her book “The Ecology of Place” described a world in which land is consumed sparingly, cities and towns are vibrant and green, local economies thrive, and citizens work together to create places of enduring value.


After graduating from Princeton Day School in 1981 and Harvard University, Kristy discovered the place she was meant to be while working at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. She continued her education at Duke University where she earned Masters’ degrees in Environmental Management and Public Policy.

As Director and VP for Programs at Island Press in Washington DC, she focused on finding ways to protect the oceans she so loved and discovering ways to conserve functioning ecosystems around fast developing cities and towns.

As a result of her tireless work and vision in the development of COMPASS, the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, scientists, journalists, policy makers, and the public now have access to the latest information about the state of the oceans and ways to discover scientific solutions for the cumulative impacts of global climate change, pollution, overfishing, coastal development, and other activities that threaten our seas.

Her enthusiastic work as president of the Haw River Assembly near her home in North Carolina made it possible for neighbors and visitors to continue to experience the beauty of this clean and healthy river.

In recent years, Kristy helped create and oversee her brother Trey Anastasio’s non-profit endeavor, the Seven Below Arts Initiative- an Artist-in-Residence Program established to foster artistic development and support arts education in the state of Vermont.

For the past several years, Kristy has devoted much of her time and energy to her son Jason’s school- the Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC, discovering in that peaceful and harmonious community the satisfaction of citizens working together to create a place of enduring value.

Kristy is survived by her loving husband Michael Manning and son Jason of Chapel Hill, NC, and her mother, father, stepmother, and brother.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Kristine Manning to your choice of the following:

The Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinic at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Please indicate the name Kristine Manning and that funds should be allocated to Fund # 33438.

Send to:
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

The Carolina Friends School/Afghan Sister School Project
Carolina Friends School
4809 Friends School Road,
Durham NC 27705.
(Please include Kristy’s name and mention the Afghan Sister School on the memo line of your check.)
For more information on this project:

The Seven Below Arts Initiative.
For more information:
To make a donation:

After the line Enter a description below of how you would like your donation to be used please indicate that monies should be allocated to the Seven Below Arts Initiative. After As a Memorial please type in Kristine Manning.