Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Engel, Prof. Dr. Bernard Lehmann, Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz, Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist

The aim of IED is to analyze individual and collective decisions in the context of natural resource utilization and environmental problems. Furthermore, IED strives to support private and political decision makers to achieve sustainability in the face of today’s risks and uncertainties. Management issues affecting climate change present a prominent example of decisions that have traditionally been made on a very weak basis of knowledge about future states of the world. IED focuses on research as well as on teaching at different levels.

Granger Morgan

The uncertainty in climate change and our energy future remains and is likely to remain even with more research. If policy makers are to do anything about global warming, they will have to make decisions now, in spite of the uncertainty. At the Climate Decision Making Center (CDMC), researchers are studying the limits in our understanding of climate change, its impacts, and the strategies that might be perused to mitigate and adapt to change. CDMC investigators are creating, illustrating, and evaluating decision strategies and tools for policy makers that incorporate such uncertainties. Through the spin-off CCSReg project, we also have collaboration with the Univeristy of Minnesota, the Vermont Law School and the law firm of VanNess Feldman.

Professor Elke U. Weber, Professor David H. Krantz

The research focus of the CRED is environmental decision making processes, especially those that arise in the course of adaptation to climate variability and mitigation of or adaptation to global climate change. CRED will use research results to design and to evaluate possible decision aids, including tools that facilitate use of scientific information about the natural and social environment and tools that may lead to better group decisions. Other project goals include educational aids to improve undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies, outreach in the form of training or information-sharing with individuals and group leaders, and synergistic, integrated research findings.

Joel Rogers

COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government. Some areas of COWS' program focus are:

  • Economic and workforce development
  • Sectoral strategies and career pathways
  • Clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Labor markets and job improvement
  • Strategies for improving low-wage work

Michael Shellenberger

The Breakthrough Institute is a small think tank with big ideas. Breakthrough is committed to creating a new progressive politics, one that is large, aspirational, and asset-based. America needs a new social contract, one that provides greater security around issues like health care, retirement, employment and education. These social issues cannot be seen as separate from environmental issues since they, and economic prosperity generally, are the ground upon which ecological concern depends.

Al Gore

The Climate Project consists of 2,600 dedicated volunteers from throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, and the UK, all personally trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. TCP presenters have reached a combined 4 million people worldwide. Our hope is that by raising the awareness of our fellow citizens about this crisis and informing them about potential solutions, all of us, together, can preserve the climate balance on which humanity and our planet depend.

James D. Gollin

A sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, but aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children.  RAN uses hard-hitting markets campaigns to align the policies of multinational corporations with widespread public support for environmental protection. Logging ancient forests for copy paper or destroying an endangered ecosystem for a week’s worth of oil is not just destructive, but outdated and unnecessary. Our corporate campaigns seek to push companies to balance profits with principles, to show that it is possible to do well by doing good.

University of British Columbia

CIRS is designed to accelerate sustainability in the Lower Mainland of BC by bringing together people, projects and processes in new ways. To start with, we are constructing a building that is at the frontier of urban development every way. The CIRS building is designed to not only have as little impact as possible, it will actually improve the surrounding environment.

Bo Ekman

The mission of the Tällberg Foundation is to foresee global systems problems emerging out of imbalances between earth systems and the human endeavor to support economic growth, poverty eradication, energy provision and all peoples equity and security. For nearly three decades, the Tällberg Foundation has been deepening our understanding of issues related to leadership and change in society and business.

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D

In October, 2005, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies invited more than 100 leaders and thinkers to spend two days together in Aspen, Colorado. Their charge was to diagnose why, in the face of stronger and stronger science, the United States has been so slow to act on the issue of climate change. The overall objective of the Yale Project on Climate Change is to facilitate implementation of recommendations from that conference. Specific objectives include the following:

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