Andrew Pattison

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Andrew Pattison

Assistant Professor of 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, University of Colorado Denver

M.P.A. Environmental Policy, Management, and Law, University of Colorado Denver

B.A. Biology, Environmental Studies minor, Skidmore College

The Uneven Weight of Carbon on Policy: Towards a Framework for Understanding How Greenhouse Gas Inventories Can Inform Equitable Climate Policy Design. Andrew Pattison, Matthew T. Clement, and Robert Habans. 2021. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Community-based Climate Action Planning as An Act of Advocacy: A Case Study of Liberal Arts Education in A Rural Community. 2021. Andrew Pattison, Christopher R. Henke, and John Pumilio. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 11(2): 183-193.   

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

Factors Shaping Policy Learning: A Study of Policy Actors in Subnational Climate and Energy Issues. 2018. Andrew PattisonReview 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.

Condors over Cattle: Conservation, Policy, and History in Northern Baja. With Bryan Rasmussen. Presented at The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference Low-Carbon conference. Zoom. July 15, 2020. 

Devil-shifting and Down-shifting: An NPF Examination of the Fracking 'Debates' on Twitter. With Jose Marichal and William Cipolli. Accepted for presentation at The New York State Political Science Association annual conference. Purchase, NY. April 4, 2020, and Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. Chicago, IL. April 18, 2020. Both conferences canceled due to Coronavirus. Currently under review. 

2016 – Present

Colgate University, Environmental Studies Program 

  • ENST 232: Environmental Justice – Showcase of Student Projects 
  • ENST 241: Sustainability & Climate Action Planning – Showcase of Student Projects
  • ENST 250: Environmental Policy Analysis
  • ENST/POSC 335: U.S. Environmental Politics
  • 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.

2017 - present   Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colgate University

2016 - 2017       Burke Endowed Chair in Regional Studies & Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colgate University

2015 - 2016       Visiting Assistant Professor, California Lutheran University 

2013 - 2015       Visiting Instructor, California Lutheran University 

2012 - 2017        Principal, Andrew Pattison Sustainability Consulting

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

2010 - 2011        Sustainability Officer, Auraria Higher Education Center