Andy Pattison - Environmental Studies Faculty

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Andy Pattison

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Gretchen Hoadley Burke '81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies
Environmental Studies, 244 Ho Science Center
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In addition to my role as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department I am also currently the Burke Endowed Chair in Regional Studies. My research and teaching interests include environmental and public policy, subnational sustainability and climate action planning, climate and energy politics, policy process theories, the role of science and technical information in policymaking, and issues of urban social equity. I endeavor to integrate community-based research into my classes whenever possible.  

Previously, I have worked as a climate planning consultant with communities and organizations, and as a sustainability director for the state of Colorado. I have also served in City Council and Governor appointed positions in local government, and multiple NGO governing boards related to sustainability and environmental policy, affordable housing and civic engagement.

Education

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

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"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 City. Edited 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 Pattison. Canadian 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.

Works in Progress

Factors Shaping Policy Learning: A Study of Policy Actors in Subnational Climate and Energy Issues. Andrew Pattison. Under revision for publication in Review of Policy Research.  

Teaching Experience/Courses

2016 – Present

Colgate University, Environmental Studies Program
  • Sustainability & Climate Action Planning for Local Government
  • Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • U.S. Environmental Politics (Political Science Department)

2012 – 2016

California Lutheran University, Department of Policy Studies
  • Implementation & Analysis of Public Policy
  • Sustainable Development Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Climate & Energy Policy
  • Organizational Theory
  • Introduction to Public Administration

2010-2011

University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs
  • Introduction to Public Administration & Public Service
  • Governance and Institutions

Selected Recent Conference Papers & Presentations

"Exploring Political Learning Among State Climate Policy Actors". Andrew Pattison. The Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 2017.

"Scaling Down the ‘Netherlands Fallacy’: A Local-Level Quantitative Study of the Effect of Affluence on the Carbon Footprint across the United States". Matthew Clement and Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association annual conference, April 2017.

"Factors Shaping Policy Learning: A Study of Policy Actors in Subnational Climate and Energy Issues".
Andrew Pattison. The Midwest Political Science Association Annual conference, April 2016


"Carbon Emissions and Climate Policy Support in California: A Qualitative Comparison Analysis at the County Level". Robert Habans, Matthew Clement and  Andrew Pattison. The Urban Affairs Association annual conference, March 2016. 

Stakeholder Engagement and the Three Pillars of Sustainability in Local Government Sustainability Policies: A Case Study of Ventura County. Manal Bahobeshi (CLU MPPA student) and Andrew Pattison. The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management annual conference, November 2014. 

Practitioner-Oriented Publications & Presentations

"The Importance of Sustainable Affordable Housing: A Story from San Buenaventura" (2016). Nicholas Birck and Andrew Pattison. Journal 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.

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

University Service

2016 -              Sustainability Council, Colgate University 

2014 – 2016    Sustainability Committee, California Lutheran University

2008 – 2011    Chancellor’s Task Force on Sustainability, University of Colorado Denver

2007                University Planning and Accrediting, Infrastructure Subcommittee, UCD

Professional Experience

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

Leadership Development & Certifications

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

Community Boards & Committees

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