2016 Faculty Pioneer Award Recipient


Andrew J. Hoffman

Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Winning Courses: Strategies for Sustainable Development I: Enterprise Integration and Strategies for Sustainable Development II: Market Transformation

“If society is to adequately address sustainability, the solutions must come from the market, and more specifically the corporate sector. That doesn’t mean that only business can generate solutions, but rather that the powers of innovation, production and distribution that business possesses must play an essential role in making the necessary changes in our lifestyles. Business will develop the buildings we live and work in, the forms of mobility we employ, the clothes we wear and the food we eat. Indeed, if there are no solutions coming from business and the market, there will be no solutions.”


Andrew (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.

Andy’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published over one-hundred articles and book chapters, over forty teaching cases and fourteen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Strategic Organization Best Essay Award, Organization & Environment Best Paper Award, Maggie Award, JMI Breaking the Frame Award, Connecticut Book Award, Aldo Leopold Fellowship, Manos Page Prize, Rachel Carson Book Prize and the Klegerman Award. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the Atlantic, New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Andy serves on advisory boards for Graham Partners, Leopold Leadership Fellowship, Corporate Eco-Forum, ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for Environmental Innovation as well as editorial boards for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Elementa and Management and Business Review.

He received a joint PhD in Business Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995. Prior to academics, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (Region 1), Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation.


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