01/08/2018: Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School

Private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or even oppose climate mitigation. Professor Michael Vandenbergh co-author of the book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Changemakes a persuasive case that private governance can reduce global carbon emissions by a billion tons per year over the next decade. Combining an examination of the growth of private climate initiatives over the last decade, a theory of why private actors are motivated to reduce emissions, and a review of viable next steps.

Read a one-page review of the book by David Victor, Science Magazine http://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2017/12/18/beyond-politics/

Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, Co-Director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, and Director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA, Zoology) and the University of Virginia (JD).