James Clift, Policy Advisor, Michigan Environmental Council
Andrew Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Erb Institute
William Stough, CEO of Sustainable Research Group
Moderator: Jamil Smith, Senior Editor, The New Republic
James Clift is the Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council. The Michigan Environmental Council is an umbrella organization of over 65 environmental, public health and faith-based organizations located across Michigan. The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) works primarily with the legislature and executive branch to protect natural resources and public health of our citizens. In that role, the Michigan Environmental Council has advocated for policies which support our transition to clean energy.
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Professor Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues.
Jamil Smith is a Senior Editor at The New Republic, where he edits and writes features and commentary for the print magazine and its website. His writing primarily focuses on racial and gender issues, law enforcement, and sports. Jamil is also host of Intersection, a new podcast about how race, gender, and all the ways we identify come together. He joined TNR in January after more than four years of television and digital media production for msnbc’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Melissa Harris-Perry.”
William A. Stough is the President and CEO of Sustainable Research Group, a consultancy that provides environmentally sustainable solutions to business, governmental and institutional clients. He has over 30 years experience in pollution prevention, industrial ecology and sustainable business initiatives. Mr. Stough specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable development business strategies, creation of regional sustainable business networks, and developing baseline performance profiles to help establish an organization’s ecological footprint.