Andy Pattison received his B.A. in Biology from Skidmore College in 1999 and went on to work as a conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy in New York and Colorado specializing in butterfly habitat protection. In 2007 he received his Master in Public Administration (MPA) program with a focus in environmental policy, management, and law at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) School of Public Affairs while working at the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development Policy as a policy researcher and advocate. In that same year he was awarded a National Science Foundation IGERT grant to pursue his PhD at UCD’s School of Public Affairs through the interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program. During the next four years of classes and dissertation proposal efforts, Andy was also a member of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems at UCD working on teams completing the first greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans for local governments in Colorado. Andy also taught classes in the MPA program, including “Governance and Institutions" and "Public Administration and Public Service”.
His research interests include: local climate and sustainability policy, policy process theories, the role of science and technical information in policy-making, and issues of urban social equity. He has presented at many national academic conferences and published articles in: Environmental Science & Policy, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and the Canadian Political Science Review. He has articles forthcoming in Society & Natural Resources and Policy Studies Journal, as well as a chapter in a forthcoming book on climate change and issues of urban race, class, and gender inequalities which he wrote with his wife, a Sociology PhD candidate at UCSB. He’ll be defending his dissertation in 2014.
In addition to his academic work, Andy has worked on dozens of state and national political campaigns. In 2009 he was a fellow in the Center for Progressive Leadership's State Political Fellows Program and the Denver Community Leadership Forum. For years Andy also served on the Board of Directors of New Era Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering political awareness and activity among young adults in Colorado, and the Board of Directors of Colorado Conservation Voters, a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the conservation positions of candidates and elected official and to hold elected officials accountable for their environmental records.
In 2010 & 2011 Andy also worked as the Sustainability Director for the Auraria Higher Education Center, where he directed all greenhouse gas inventory work, climate action planning, and other sustainability projects and on the Auraria Campus - the largest urban campus in the nation. He was appointed in 2010 by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, which provides overall policy guidance, coordination and advice to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on pollution prevention activities.
In late 2011 Andy moved to Santa Barbara to join his partner Chandra who was beginning her doctorate at UCSB. Andy worked as a Senior Planner in the Sustainability and Climate Change team for Pacific Municipal Consultants leading greenhouse gas inventories and climate action planning project for local governments and clients before leaving to launch his own consulting company. Andy has worked as a consultant to dozens of local governments, companies, and nonprofits on climate action and sustainability planning. He is an accredited LEED Green Associate and a member of the California Association of Environmental Professionals.
Andy has been teaching as an Adjunct Faculty member here at California Lutheran University in the Master in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program since May 2012 and became a full-time faculty member in August 2013. Andy teaches classes such as “Public Administration & Policy”, “Sustainable Development Policy”, “Organizational Theory and Development”, and "Research Methods".
In September 2013 Andy was accepted to the Ventura County Leadership Academy. A
county-centered leadership development program focused on critical issues in the region
related to education, public safety, economic development, health care, agriculture, the
environment, transportation, as well as state and local government.
He is an avid fly-fisherman, hiker, backpacker, surfer, SCUBA diver, snowboarder, birdwatcher, naturalist, and plays ultimate Frisbee.
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, 2007 – 2014 (expected)
Ph.D Public Affairs, Concentration: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, 2005 – 2007
M.P.A, Concentration: Environmental Policy, Management, and Law
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY, 1995 – 1999
B.A. Biology, Cum Laude, with Honors, Minor: Environmental Studies
Environmental policy & politics
Public policy process
Local & state public policy
Climate and energy policy & politics
The role of science in policy process
Books & Book Chapters:
“Climate Action Planning: The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison. Forthcoming in the edited volume World Turning: Race, Class, Gender, and Global Climate Change.
“Energy Management and Conservation Muni Best Practices”. Andrew Pattison. A publication of the Colorado Municipal League and the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy, August 2007.
“Ecological Modernization or Aristocratic Conservation: Examining the Impact of Affluence on Carbon Emissions at the Local Level”. Andrew Pattison, Robby Habans, and Matthew Thomas Clement. Forthcoming in Society and Natural Resources.
“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, 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.
Conference Papers & Presentations:
“The Effect of Organizational Affiliation on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Annual Conference. Washington D.C. November 9, 2013
“Climate Action Planning: The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Presented at the UC Santa Barbara Annual Environmental Politics Conference. Santa Barbara, CA. May 31, 2013.
“Belief Change and Reinforcement in Policy Actors: An Application of the Advocacy Coalition Framework to State and Local Climate and Energy Issues”. Presented at the Western Social Science Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO April 13, 2013.
“Production or Consumption? Unpacking the Socio-Economic Drivers of Carbon Emissions at the County Level”. Andrew Pattison, Robby Habans, and Matthew Thomas Clement. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 12 – 15, 2012.
“Policy Analytical Capacity and Policy Activities”. Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Chris Weible. Presented at: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. November 3-5, 2011 & Western Economic Association International Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. June 29 – July 3, 2011.
“Policy Analytical Capacity Inside and Outside Government: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Issues”. Dallas Elgin, Andrew Pattison, and Chris Weible. Presented at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. June 29 – July 3, 2011.
“Maintaining Momentum: Moving from a GHG Inventory to a Climate Action Plan”. Andrew Pattison and Jarrett Smith. Presented at: the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 2011 & The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference. Denver, CO. Oct 11 2010.
"Understanding What is Inside the Box: Analysis of Policy Design and Social Construction". Jonathan Pierce, Kristin Schumacher, Saba Siddiki, and Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 22-25, 2010.
“A Review of Green Job Estimations for Colorado”. Andrew Pattison, Abel Chavez, Anu Ramaswami, and Blair Gifford. Presented at the Colorado Wal-Mart Green Jobs Council Summit. Denver, CO. November 18, 2009.
“Conducting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 11-13, 2009.
“An Analysis of Policy Pathways to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Residential Buildings". Andrew Pattison. Presented at the University of Colorado Denver Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Denver, CO. April 11, 2008.
“Be the Change”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at Political Participation: Mainstream to Radical Perspectives Conference. Denver, CO. May 1, 2007.
“Initiating and Implementing the Expansion of a Clean Energy Program into a Integrated Sustainable Campus Program”. Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit. Boulder, CO. February 22-23, 2007.