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An Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Well Sitting in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Boom

Hydraulic fracturing has rapidly emerged as a game changing technology for extracting oil and gas from unconventional shale formations. Wells developed with this technology necessitate only a small footprint, and can therefore be sited virtually anywhere, including in close proximity to homes and civic areas. With its ascendance, critics of the technology have emphasized the […]

How Some Businesses Misrepresent Their Environmental Record

By ANDREW CLULEY (Originally reported by WEMU on 1/19/15: http://wemu.org/post/how-some-businesses-misrepresent-their-environmental-record) ‘Brownwashing’, as it is called, isn’t what one would expect. A University of Michigan studied has identified a new way some businesses misrepresent their environmental track record. The method might come as a surprise. Environmentalists often worry that companies are greenwashing, or overstating their environmentally-friendly practices. […]

Trade-offs in the Adoption of Sustainability Standards

The issue of social and environmental sustainability is arguably highly relevant today, as forward-looking, self-interested companies have broadly shown they understand. Adherence to the principles underlying standards to pursue sustainability can, however, deliver unintended consequences. How sustainable is sustainability? Some people might ask this question ironically, drawing attention to the lack of a standard definition […]

Starbucks’ “Race Together” Campaign and the Upside of CEO Activism

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has faced intense criticism for asking his baristas to engage customers in a discussion about race in America. But this kind of “CEO activism” is actually a step forward for corporate involvement in the public square. As researchers who study the intersection between business and public policy, we’ve noticed the rise […]

Corporate Transparency

Firms are under increasing pressure to be transparent along a host of dimensions.  Mandatory information disclosure programs abound, forcing firms to disclose the caloric content of foods they sell, the chemicals they use and emit, and of course, a host of financial information.  Meanwhile, ‘voluntary’ information disclosure efforts are growing as well, as a multitude […]

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