Andrew Pattison

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Andrew Pattison

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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Environmental Studies


My research and teaching interests include subnational sustainability and climate action planning, U.S. environmental politics and policy, policy learning, adaptive management of social-ecological systems, the role of science and technical information in the policy process, and issues of urban environmental justice and social equity. I endeavor to integrate community-based research into my classes whenever possible. Previously, I worked both in the public and private sectors as a sustainability and climate change consultant. I have also served in City Council and Governor appointed government positions, and multiple NGO governing boards related to sustainability and environmental policy, affordable housing, and civic engagement. I am part of The Scholars Strategy Network which works to connect journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders to America’s scholars and their research. The goals are to provide jargon-free research, inform news outlets, help solve the nation’s toughest policy problems, and strengthen democracy.

Ph.D. Public Affairs, Concentration: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs

M.P.A., Concentration: Environmental Policy, Management, and Law
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs

B.A. Biology, Minor: Environmental Studies
Skidmore College

Carbon Emissions and Climate Policy Support by Local Governments in California: A Qualitative Comparison Analysis at the County Level. Robert Habans, Matthew Clement and Andrew Pattison. 2019. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 9(3): 255-269.

Factors Shaping Policy Learning: A Study of Policy Actors in Subnational Climate and Energy IssuesAndrew Pattison. 2018. Review of Policy Research. 35(4): 535-565. 

Equitable Local Climate Action Planning: Sustainable & Affordable Housing. 2018. Andrew Pattison and Jason Kawall. Ethics, Policy & Environment. 20(4): 17-20. 

Scaling down the 'Netherlands Fallacy': a local-level quantitative study of the effect of affluence on the carbon footprint across the United States. 2017. Matthew Thomas Clement, Andrew Pattison and Robby Habans. Environmental Science & Policy. 78: 1-8. 

"The Pitfalls and Promises of Climate Action Plans: Transformative Resilience Strategy in U.S. Cities". 2017. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison. In Resilience, Environmental Justice and the CityEdited by B. S. Caniglia, M. Vallée, and B. F. Frank. New York, NY : Routledge. 

"Climate Action Planning: The Urban Equity Dilemma. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison". 2016. In Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender. Edited by P. Godfrey & D. Torres. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Ecological Modernization or Aristocratic Conservation: Examining the Impact of Affluence on Carbon Emissions at the Local Level. 2014. Andrew Pattison, Robert Habans and Matthew Thomas Clement. Society and Natural Resources. 27(8): 850-866. 

Social Construction and Policy Design: A Review of Past Applications. 2014. Jonathan J. Pierce, Saba Siddiki, Michael D. Jones, Kristin Schumacher, Andrew Pattison and Holly Peterson. Policy Studies Journal. 42(1): 1-29. 

A Social-Ecological Infrastructural Systems (SEIS) Framework for Interdisciplinary Study of Sustainable City Systems: An Integrative Curriculum Across Seven Major Disciplines. 2012. Anu Ramaswami, Christopher Weible, Deborah Main, Tanya Heikkila, Saba Siddiki, Andrew Duvall, Andrew Pattison and Meghan Bernard. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 16(6): 801-813. 

Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Issues. 2012. Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison and Christopher M. Weible. Canadian Political Science Review.6(1): 101-116. 

Policy Analytical Capacity and Policy Activities. 2012. Christopher Weible, Dallas Elgin and Andrew PattisonCanadian Political Science Review. 6(1): 125-137. 

Harnessing Expert-Based Information for Learning and the Sustainable Management of Complex Socio-Ecological Systems. 2010. Christopher M. Weible, Andrew Pattison and Paul Sabatier. Environmental Science & Policy. 13(6): 522-534.

“Fracking Twitter: Applying the Narrative Policy Framework to Fracking Debates in New York and Pennsylvania”. With Jose Marishal and Will Cippoli. Presented at the 2019 Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. Currently in revision

“The Weight of Carbon on Policy: Towards a Framework for Understanding How Greenhouse Gas Inventories Can Inform Equitable Climate Policy Design”. With Matthew Clement and Robby Habans. Presented at the 2018 Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. Currently in revision.

2016 – Present

Colgate University, Environmental Studies Program 

  • ENST 232: Environmental Justice 
  • ENST 241: Sustainability & Climate Action Planning
  • ENST 250: Environmental Policy Analysis
  • ENST/POSC 335: U.S. Environmental Politics (Political Science Dept.)
  • ENST 389: Conservation Biology & Policy (Co-taught with Biology Prof. Cardelús)
  • ENST 390: Community-based Study of Environmental Issues
  • ENST 490: Seminar in Environmental Studies 


2012 – 2016

California Lutheran University, Department of Policy Studies (MPPA Program)

  • Implementation & Analysis of Public Policy
  • Sustainable Development Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Climate & Energy Policy
  • Organizational Theory
  • Introduction to Public Administration



University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs (MPA Program)

  • Introduction to Public Administration & Public Service

"Social Equity & Local Climate Action Planning". Andrew Pattison. Presented for The New York State Climate Smart Communities Program & New York Department of Environmental Conservation. October 12, 2017.   

 "The Importance of Sustainable Affordable Housing: A Story from San Buenaventura" (2016). Nicholas Birck and Andrew PattisonJournal of Housing & Community Development. 72(3): 18-23.

"Expand Public-private Partnerships to Increase Affordable Housing" (2016). Andrew Pattison. Pacific Coast Business Times. January 22.

"The Nexus of Climate Change and Affordable Housing" (2015). Nicholas Birck and Andrew Pattison. Ventura County Star. January 5.

"A Review of Green Job Estimations for Colorado" (2009). Andrew Pattison, Abel Chavez, Anu Ramaswami, and Blair Gifford. The Colorado Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council Summit. 

Conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Andrew Pattison. The Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. February, 2009.

 "Energy Management and Conservation: Municipal Best Practices" (2007). Andrew Pattison. A publication of the Colorado Municipal League and the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development.

Library Committee, Colgate University, 2019 – present.

Upstate Institute Executive Board, Colgate University, 2017 – present.

Udall Scholarship Selection Committee, Colgate University, 2017 – present.

Faculty Affiliate Hancock Commons, Colgate University, 2017 – present.

Sustainability Council: Carbon Offsets Subcommittee, Colgate University, 2017 – 2019.

Sustainability Council, Colgate University, 2016 – 2019.

Environmental Studies Steering Committee, Colgate University, 2016 – present.

Grants & Fellowships

Colgate University Research Council Discretionary Grant. $1,400 in support of project “Fracking Twitter: Applying the Narrative Policy Framework to Fracking Debates in New York and Pennsylvania”. 2019.

Colgate University Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute & Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs Faculty Scholarship. $10,000 in support of project “The Impact of Land-Use Policy on Biodiversity in Baja California Mexico”. 2018.

California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association Grant. $2,500 to support community-based student research in local sustainability-related policy. Awarded twice, in 2016 and 2014.

California Lutheran University Hewlett Grant. $1,000 in support of “Policy Learning & Local Government Sustainability Efforts”. 2013.

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship. Three-year, $100,000 grant by the NSF’s interdisciplinary Integrative Graduate Education and Research Trainee program to pursue a PhD in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure. 2007.


Professional Organizations

Scholar Strategy Network, Member. 2018 – present.

Association for Environmental Science and Sciences, Member. 2018 – present.

Midwest Political Science Association, Member. 2012 – present.


Editorial Activity

Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2019 – present.

Article Reviewer for: Nature Sustainability (2019), Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2018), Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning (2018), Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (2018), ­Urban Planning (2018), Publius the Journal of Federalism (2018), Policy & Society (2017), Policy Design & Practice (2017), Policy Sciences (2015), Policy Studies Journal (2013 & 2014).


Honors & Awards

Best Poster in Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver Research and Creative Activities Symposium. With Jonathan Pierce, Saba Siddiki & Kristin Schumacher. 2009.

Outstanding MPA Graduate, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, 2007.

Dowd-Lester Award: Skidmore College award for outstanding Biology major, 1999.

Joseph Garrison Parker Prize: Skidmore College award for work in science & arts, 1998.

2015 - 2016       Visiting Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University 

2013 - 2015       Visiting Instructor, California Lutheran University 

2012 - Present   Principal, Andrew Pattison Sustainability Consulting

2011 - 2012        Senior Planner & Project Manager, Pacific Municipal Consultants

2010 - 2011        Sustainability Officer, Auraria Higher Education Center

2005                   Public Policy Assistant, Colorado Nonprofit Association

2013      Ventura County Leadership Academy, United Way of Ventura County

2011      LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Council

2009      Denver Community Leadership Forum, University of Colorado Denver

2009      State Political Leaders Fellowship, Center for Progressive Leadership

2014 – 2016      Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of the City of Ventura (City Council Appointed)

2014 – 2016      Steering Committee, Ventura County Leadership Academy

2012 – 2013      Vice President, UC Santa Barbara Tenants’ Association (Elected)

2010 – 2011      Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board (Governor Appointed)

2010 – 2011      Board of Directors, New Era Colorado Foundation 

2010 – 2011      Board of Directors, Colorado Conservation Voters

2009 – 2010      Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (Elected)

2007 – 2010      Energy & Sustainability Committee, Colorado Municipal League