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Should the federal government invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure?

The transportation sector is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. By displacing gasoline and diesel fuels, electric vehicles (EV) offer important public health benefits from reduced air pollution and tailpipe emissions. One fundamental barrier to EV adoption is consumer confidence in the availability of public charging points. Public charging […]

Eco-Audits during Covid-19 Retain Credibility, Exacerbate Inequities

COVID-19 has significantly disrupted global economic output and transnational supply chains. While the direct impacts on production and trade are widely discussed, less attention has been given to the impacts on other practices that ensure the functioning of global markets.  One example of such practices are private regulatory efforts that over the past three decades have emerged in response to environmental and ethical concerns with practices in global production processes […]

Millennials drive for 8% fewer trips than older generations

Millennials – typically defined as those born between 1981 and 1996 – have gotten a lot of press, both positive and negative. Some argue that they are more public-spirited and less materialistic than baby boomers. Others say they are spoiled and entitled. Still others write that they are the same as earlier generations, but younger and with lower incomes. Understanding how millennials behave […]

There Are No Easy Answers for Our Biggest Global Problems

If ever there was a time to remind us of the futility of magical thinking, this is it.  In real time, we watched the hopeful promise of easy solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic evaporate when confronted by unforgiving reality. Thinking the virus will “just go away” didn’t work, nor did a travel ban, warm weather, […]

Why do companies as diverse as oil producers and retailers enter moral markets?

What do Tesla and British Petroleum have in common? And how are Walmart and Patagonia similar? On most dimensions, these pairs of firms have little in common with one another—Tesla is widely recognized as a pioneering sustainability company while BP has long been a target of environmental activism. Yet both companies have had a strong […]

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