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Andrew J. Hoffman

Andrew J. Hoffman

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, with joint appointments in the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as the Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute.

Professor Hoffman has written extensively about corporate responses to climate change; how the interconnected networks of NGOs and corporations influence change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. His research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues.

He has published twelve books, which have been translated into five languages. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation.

Andy has worked with organizations in both the public and private sectors. This includes projects with: Accenture LLP, Dow Chemical Co., Environmental Defense Fund, Exxon-Mobil Corp., Holcim (US) Inc., International Finance Corp., Novartis, The Conference Board, The Nature Conservancy, The Southern Company, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and Yellowstone National Park.

When politicians cherry-pick data and disregard facts, what should we academics do?

Jun 13, 2017 16:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

When politicians distort science, academics and scientists tend to watch in shock from the sidelines rather than speak out. But in an age of fake news and alternative facts, we need to step into the breach and inject...

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

Nov 23, 2016 00:00 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

We are a divided nation; that is an understatement. Whats more, we increasingly hear we are living in our own bubble or echo chamber that differing views cannot penetrate. To correct the problem, many are calling for...

Climate Change Series

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Climate change and the presidential race: Lessons from the Reagan years

Sep 28, 2016 16:47 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Climate change did not come up in the first presidential debate well, not in any real sense. Hillary Clinton jabbed at Donald Trump for claiming that The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in...

Climate Change Series

The limits of intellectual reason in our understanding of the natural world

Jun 02, 2016 07:58 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Ability to see the cultural value of wilderness boils down, in the last analysis, to a question of intellectual humility. Author and conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote these words in 1949, and they are all the more...

Electric Car Series

How driverless vehicles will redefine mobility and change car culture

Feb 24, 2016 16:12 pm UTC| Technology

My grandmother, Christine Johanna Hoffman, was born in 1894 and died in 1990. In the course of her lifetime, she witnessed the advent of indoor plumbing and home electrification, the Wright Brothers first flight, the debut...

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Economy

MSCI is removing five Chinese firms from its global index due to Trump’s EO 13959

MSCI Inc. revealed this week that it will be pulling out five Chinese companies from its global equity index. The American finance company headquartered in New York City stated that the removal will begin on Jan. 27 since...

S. Korea fines 7 local steelmakers 300 billion won over price collusion

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined Hyundai Steel Co. and six other steelmakers a combined 300 billion won for colluding to fix the purchase price of steel scrap. It marked the fourth-largest amount of fines...

Starbucks suffers 5% dip in quarterly sales

Starbucks Corp. reported a 5 percent drop in sales in the first quarter ending Dec. 27, more than analysts estimates of a 3.4 percent decline, as the soaring number of coronavirus cases in the United States kept customers...

S. Koreans spend 12.2 trillion won on top food delivery services in 2020

South Koreans spent 12.2 trillion won on the countrys top two food delivery services, Baedal Minjok and Yogiyo, last year, up 75 percent from 6.95 trillion won in 2019, according to the data from industry tracker...

Politics

Ivanka Trump may be backed for a 2024 presidential bid by father Donald Trump if ex-POTUS cannot run

Of all of Donald Trumps adult children, Ivanka Trump is the one who has worked closely with him as his adviser during his term. Should Trump be unable to run for president in the 2024 elections, Ivanka is predicted to be...

Joe Biden climate policy: Executives pen open letter to POTUS in support of climate change fight

Joe Biden has reiterated the importance of fighting the ongoing issue that is climate change, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement shortly after his inauguration. Executives from major companies have now signed on to...

Joe Biden reaffirms alliance in phone call with Angela Merkel

Since becoming the new president, Joe Biden has been busy contacting fellow world leaders to reaffirm ties while also pressing on some issues at hand. One of his most recent calls was with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,...

Melania Trump career: Ex-FLOTUS reportedly plans to 'disappear' from public in preparation for new venture

It remains to be seen what former first lady Melania Trump plans to do now that she is out of the White House. But, Melania may be looking to pursue a new venture but not before shying away from the public eye for a...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch ECG, blood pressure monitoring availability expands to 31 countries

Fans of wearable devices in more countries might start considering using the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 or Watch Active 2 as their vital health monitoring features will be available soon. The tech company acquired the...

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ players still demand the return of Brewster and The Roost

Every video game franchise has beloved characters that fans always hope to see in new installments, and that is arguably Brewster for the Animal Crossing series. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons close to celebrating its...

Amazon launches $5/month Alexa Guard Plus service that makes speakers bark like a dog

People now live in a world of subscription-based services, and Amazon has just introduced its new offering to pair with its Echo speakers. The company just launched the Alexa Guard Plus that, as the name suggests, presents...

Apple Watch Series 7 is reportedly launching with a non-invasive blood sugar level monitoring feature

The Apple Watch Series 7 could be a vital gadget for smartwatch users with diabetes. The upcoming wearable device is reportedly launching with a new medical monitoring feature later this year. Apple Watch Series 7 is...
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