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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

US Election Series

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

Balenciaga just released its newest creation, but it is getting mixed reactions of disgust and amusement.

Balenciaga, one of the luxury fashion houses today, just debuted its newest fashion item, which has now been dubbed the most expensive garbage bag in the world. The company created a buzz online after unveiling its Trash...

KT Telecom and Turk Telekom expand their partnership through a new deal that follows their agreement in March.

KT Telecom and Turk Telekom, a Turkish company, signed a partnership deal to work together in the area of media content. They are looking to foster collaboration for the said field through a private fifth-generation...

Eli Lilly is setting up an extension HQ outside of its home ground in Indiana after the state signed the new abortion law.

Eli Lilly, the American pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, said it would expand its headquarters outside of its home state. The decision was mainly due to the abortion law that was recently...

Woori Bank will choose 10 startups to invest in through a contest.

Woori Bank is reportedly investing in promising startup companies and will pick 10 through a competition. The South Korean banking company based in Seoul will be spending KRW10 billion or around $7.7 million to support...

Amazon will expand its consumer robot unit through its acquisition of iRobot.

Amazon Inc. is acquiring iRobot, an American technology company that designs and builds consumer robots. It was reported that the deal involves an all-cash agreement worth around $1.7 billion, and this was announced on...

Politics

A bombing in the western district in Kabul led to eight dead and 22 wounded, with Islamic State claiming responsibility.

Another attack occurred in Afghanistan over the weekend as a bomb detonated in the capital Kabul. Authorities said eight were killed and 22 were wounded from the blast. Hospital officials and witnesses in Afghanistan...

Pyongyang is holding two meetings of its parliament, with the recent meeting reviewing its anti-epidemic policy.

North Korea is set to hold two key meetings in the coming weeks. A review of the countrys anti-epidemic policy is expected to be on the agenda for one of the meetings, even as Pyongyang claimed no new COVID-19 cases since...

The British defense ministry said in its bulletin that Russian forces are likely using anti-personnel mines in the Donbas region, which would lead to many casualties.

In the fifth month of Russias invasion of Ukraine, its forces are seeking to take complete control of Ukraines eastern territory of Donbas. The UKs defense ministry said Russian forces are likely setting anti-personnel...

Ukraine accused Russia of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant again over the weekend.

Russia continues to bombard Ukraine in the war Moscow has waged for more than five months already. In the latest escalation of the war, Kyiv accused Moscow of once again shelling its nuclear power plant in...

Science

When compared to the current approach of extracting methane gas from organic waste resources and then reforming it into hydrogen, the technology SK ecoplant is developing can cut the time needed for the manufacture of hydrogen by more than 20 times.

SK ecoplant Co. plans to develop a technology to produce hydrogen through a fermentation process where microorganisms eat and decompose organic matter in the absence of light When compared to the current approach of...

The research team completed a patent application, trademark application, and vegan certification for the research findings.

A Keimyung University research team has reproduced the taste and fragrance of civet coffee, known as kopi luwak, by scientifically identifying the digestion and fermentation conditions where civets live. Consequently,...

What do molecules look like?

What do molecules look like? Justice B., age 6, Wimberley, Texas A molecule is a group of atoms bonded together. Molecules make up nearly everything around you your skin, your chair, even your food. They vary...

What science says about the best ways to cool down

We spend most of the year complaining that Britain is too cold and wet but gripe with just as much enthusiasm about the heat. Although moaning about the weather is satisfying, its better to take action and cool yourself...

Higgs boson: 10 years after its discovery, why this particle could unlock new physics beyond the standard model

Ten years ago, scientists announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, which helps explain why elementary particles (the smallest building blocks of nature) have mass. For particle physicists, this was the end of a...

Technology

Twitter confirms security incident that possibly exposed owners of ‘pseudonymous accounts’

Twitter recently confirmed that its systems suffered a security breach that primarily affected pseudonymous accounts. The exploit, first found last January, reportedly allowed the hacker to figure out if an email address...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ is getting a two-week open beta test in September

Infinity Ward confirmed the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II open beta will kick off next month. Aside from the chance to play the game early, the developer will also release the official preview of its multiplayer gameplay...

The Bundesliga champions aim to create personalized digital experiences in managing relationships with supporters globally to secure their long-term loyalty.

Bayern Munich has signed a multi-year agreement to use Adobes suite of creative and customer management software to accelerate its digital transformation and help grow its fanbase. The Bundesliga champions aim to create...

Report: Tencent aims to increase its stakes in Ubisoft by purchasing shares from the Guillemot family

Tencent is reportedly planning to expand its foreign investments, particularly in Ubisoft. The Chinese firm is eyeing to increase its stakes in the French game publisher to become its largest shareholder. Reuters...
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