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On The Economics of Green Buildings

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Assistant Professor, Maastricht University Buildings and their associated construction activities account for almost a third of world greenhouse gas emissions. The construction and operation of buildings accounts for about forty percent of worldwide consumption of raw materials and energy. For this reason, important analyses of climate mitigation policies have identified the […]

Of Signals and Stakeholders

In my last post, I reported on the story of one LEED building that wasn’t actually so good for the world, and I noted that despite this it garnered a lot of “good will” from the local government. In my classes, I often hear such good will used as the justification for a company’s actions. […]

LEED Certification = Greenwashing?

A few weeks ago, my students and I discussed a local drug company’s new LEED platinum building. The building was the first to be given the highest level of certification for environmental performance by the US Green Business Council. By building it, the drug company received voluminous and tremendously positive press coverage. And yet, the […]

What Do We Really Know: The Effect Of Reporting Thresholds

What Do We Really Know: The Effect Of Reporting Thresholds On Inference Using Environmental Right-To-Know Data, Regulation and Governance, vol. 2 no. 3 (2008), pp. 293-315. Environmental right-to-know data such as the Toxics Releases Inventory (TRI) are used by regulators, NGOs and other organizations to prioritize their efforts to protect communities and natural systems. However, […]

Research on Business and the Environment Has Come a Long Way

Research in the area of Business and the Environment (B&E) has come a long way in the nearly twenty years I have been at it. It is hard to believe, but this was a very new area when I first started my PhD in the early 1990s. And in my pursuit of doctoral advisors, more […]

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