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The Politics of Precaution: Explaining the Shift in U.S. and European Approaches to Risk Regulation

Beginning around 1990, a significant transatlantic shift in the relative stringency of risk regulations of the United States and the European Union occurred. Between 1960 and 1990, the health, safety, and environmental standards issued by the United States were likely to be more risk-averse, stringent, innovative, and precautionary than those adopted by both individual European […]

Thirty-Five Years of Research on Business and the Natural Environment

In his recent blog for Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE), a community of scholars within the Academy of Management, Andrew Hoffman (University of Michigan) offers a 3-part commentary on Thirty-Five Years of Research on Business and the Natural Environment (B&NE). In it he discusses “the boundaries, historical trajectory and seminal papers of this field […]

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 […]

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