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Andrew  Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman

Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources & Environment

  Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Professor Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over a dozen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001) and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation. Andy serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Climate Change and the Napa Valley Wine Industry
Jon-Mark Chappellet, Director of Operations at Clos Du Val Winery in Napa Valley, is developing a 50-year plan. The effects of climate change are forcing Chappellet and other ...
Publication Date: 04/25/2017 Product ID: 1-430-510
How Do We Get There? EDF Manages a New Diversity Plan
Emily Reyna, the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Director of Diversity, has been in the newly formed position for under a year and has been tasked with implementing the organization ...
Publication Date: 04/25/2017 Product ID: 1-430-503
Ending the Woes of Short-Termism: Eric Ries and the Long-Term Stock Exchange
Eric Ries, one of the most prominent entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, is launching the Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), a new stock exchange for companies and investors that want to ...
Publication Date: 04/21/2017 Product ID: 1-430-504
The Challenges of Transparency: Communicating the Pebble Mine Project to the Public
Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd holds the rights to the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The mine is the largest copper, gold, and molybdenum deposit in the world. However, the ...
Publication Date: 04/20/2017 Product ID: 1-430-511
Cracking the Egg Industry: Hampton Creek Tries a Vegan Take on Classic Mayo
In 2013, Hampton Creek entered the mayonnaise marketplace with the world’s first plant-based, vegan mayonnaise “Just Mayo”.  The creation of an egg-free version of mayonnaise ...
Publication Date: 04/18/2017 Product ID: 1-430-509
Cargill: The Risky Business of Integrating Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
The complex and fragmented agribusiness sector has been resistant to legislation surrounding greenhouse gas emissions and other climate change regulations. Cargill, one of the largest agribusiness companies and the largest ...
Publication Date: 04/18/2017 Product ID: 1-430-506
Breaking Ground: Method and the Brownfield vs. Greenfield Debate
Method’s environmentally friendly cleaning products were rapidly gaining market share, both domestically and overseas. Due to its 2012 acquisition by Belgian cleaning brand Ecover, Method now had access to ...
Publication Date: 04/12/2017 Product ID: 1-430-508
Seventh Generation and Unilever: Would an Acquisition Affect Sustainability?
Seventh Generation, a sustainable cleaning and personal care products company, has received a purchase offer from Unilever. Seventh Generation’s CEO is deciding whether to accept the offer and ...
Publication Date: 04/10/2017 Product ID: 1-430-507
Sustainability and Post-Merger Integration: The Dow Chemical Company’s 2009 Acquisition of Rohm & Haas
In 2009 Mark Weick, Director of Sustainability at The Dow Chemical Company, faced a difficult decision. Dow had spent three years working steadily toward meeting its 2015 sustainability goals, but ...
Publication Date: 03/31/2017 Product ID: 1-430-512
The Hershey Trust: Managing Conflicts of Interest in Corporate Governance
The Hershey Company has just received a purchase offer from Mondelez, another confectionery company, and students are thrust into the role of Layla Dylan, one of Hershey’s board ...
Publication Date: 03/31/2017 Product ID: 1-430-505

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