I received my BA 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 I received my Master in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Management, and Law from 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 I was awarded a National Science Foundation IGERT grant to pursue my 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, I 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. I taught classes in the MPA program, including “Governance and Institutions" and "Public Administration and Public Service”.
I completed my dissertation, “An Examination of Policy and Political Learning: A Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Policy Actors” and completed my Ph.D in Public Affairs in 2015.
My research interests include: public policy, sustainability, climate change, policy process theories, the role of science and technical information in policy-making, and issues of urban social equity. I have presented at many national academic conferences and published articles in: Society & Natural Resources, Policy Studies Journal, Environmental Science & Policy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and the Canadian Political Science Review.
In addition to my academic work, I have worked on dozens of state and national political campaigns. In 2009 I was a fellow in the Center for Progressive Leadership's State Political Fellows Program and the Denver Community Leadership Forum. For years I 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, as well as the Colorado Municipal League’s Energy and Sustainability Subcommittee.
In 2010 & 2011 I also worked as the Sustainability Director for the Auraria Higher Education Center, where I directed all greenhouse gas inventory work, climate action planning, and other sustainability projects on the Auraria Campus - the largest urban campus in the nation. I 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 I moved to Santa Barbara to join my partner Chandra who was beginning her doctorate at UCSB. I 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 my own consulting company. I have worked as a consultant to dozens of local governments, companies, and nonprofits on climate action and sustainability planning. I am an accredited LEED Green Associate and a member of the California Association of Environmental Professionals.
I began teaching as an Adjunct Faculty member at California Lutheran University in the Master in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program in May 2012 and became a full-time faculty member in August 2013. I teach classes such as “Public Administration & Policy”, “Sustainable Development Policy”, “Organizational Theory and Development”, and "Research Methods".
In May 2014 I graduated from the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA). 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. In June 2014 I was appointed to the VCLA Steering Committee and Curriculum Subcommittee.
In June 2014 I was also appointed by the Ventura City Council to serve a three-year term beginning in October 2014 as a Board Commissioner on the Housing Authority of the City of Ventura. The City's Housing Authority is dedicated to providing and maintaining affordable housing for city residents.
I am an avid fly-fisherman, hiker, backpacker, surfer, SCUBA diver, snowboarder, birdwatcher, naturalist, and play ultimate Frisbee.
Ph.D. Public Affairs, Concentration: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, 2015
M.P.A., Concentration: Environmental Policy, Management, and Law
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs, 2007
B.A. Biology, Cum Laude, with Honors, Minor: Environmental Studies
Skidmore College, 1999
Environmental policy & politics
Public policy process
Local & state government
Climate and energy policy & politics
The role of science in policy process
Books & Book Chapters:
“Climate Action Planning (CAP): The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison. Forthcoming in Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. Edited by P., Godfrey & D. Torres. New York, NY: Routledge.
“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” (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, 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:
“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. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. November 7, 2014.
“Climate Action Planning: An Intersectional Approach to The Urban Equity Dilemma”. Chandra Russo and Andrew Pattison. Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 19, 2014.
“The Effect of Policy Activities on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference. Denver, CO. June 30, 2014
“The Effect of Information and Information Sources on Learning as Policy Belief Change and Belief Reinforcement.” Andrew Pattison. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 5, 2014
“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.
- Grant Funding
California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association, January 2014: A $1,000 grant from the CLU Community Leaders Association to support connecting student research to the broader community in Sustainable Development Policy class.
California Lutheran University Hewlett Grant, November 2013. A $1,000 grant from the University to support faculty research and professional development.
National Science Foundation IGERT Grant, August 2007. A 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.
University of Colorado Denver Marshall Kaplan Scholarship, August 2006. A one-year $15,000 grant from UCD’s School of Public Affairs scholarship to support M.P.A. tuition provide a stipend to support research assistance.