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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. […]

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 […]

Report from the 2014 IVEY/ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy

I was really thrilled to participate in the 7th IVEY/ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy held in October, organized by Professor Oana Branzei from the Ivey School of Business. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the research of a very diverse group of 14 talented students representing 8 different countries. I really enjoyed discussing this […]

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