Earlier this month, I submitted my dissertation and finished all of my requirements for earning my PhD from UC Berkeley! The commencement ceremony was last weekend, and fortunately it didn’t get rained on. It was a little long, but everyone was in a celebratory mood, and the keynote speaker Amory Lovins provided a good send-off to the graduates. It was a nice completion to a multi-year process that is finally complete!
This fall I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics at Davidson College, which is just north of Charlotte, NC. It is a joint position in Political Science and Environmental Studies, and will allow me to teach a broad range of courses directly related to my interests. It will also enable to continue my research on corporate sustainability, product eco-labels, and the interfaces between government, civil society, business, and the environment. I am very much looking forward to getting started at Davidson — if you are in the area and have overlapping interests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
I recently served on a panel on sustainability at the Sterling Rice Group (SRG)’s second annual forum on innovation in Boulder, CO. I shared some of my research on consumer preferences for different forms of eco-labels, and also talked briefly about GoodGuide. I was joined on the panel by Ivan Barkhorn, Managing Director of Redstone Strategy Group and Catherine Greener, Co-Founder and Principal of Cleargreen Advisors, who shared some of their perspectives and experiences related to corporate sustainability.
I participated in the rest of the event as well, and very much enjoyed the other speaker’s perspectives on innovation, which came from a wide range of both business and academic backgrounds. The talk about Galileo and innovation by an astronomy professor was particularly memorable. SRG is also doing a lot of interesting work itself on understanding the factors that drive consumer demand and society’s evolution, and did a great job of organizing the forum — it was implemented very professionally and creatively.
To learn more about the Forum, visit http://www.bolderinnovation.com/.