#106: Michael Vandenbergh

Beyond Politics-The Private Sector Steps Up on Climate Change: A Conversation with Michael Vandenbergh

Michael Vandenbergh points out that 70% of us think that companies should be doing more on climate change. The good news, as he also points in his new book, is that the private sector is rising to that challenge.

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change makes the case that the private sector can fill the environmental gap created by partisan politics. Vandenbergh and co-author Jonathan Gilligan highlight the emissions reduction initiatives of prominent firms like Hewlett Packard and Mars, Inc., and they call for further corporate action on a low-carbon future.

Vandenbergh, the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University and director of its Climate Change Research Network, figures that the private sector can eliminate a billion tons of carbon emissions each year over the next decade. As he says, it’s a number that would matter.

The Bard MBA’s Sarah Hutcherson spoke with Vandenbergh about his his work and Beyond Politics for the Impact Report.

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