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'Beyond Politics' author presents social sciences role in climate mitigation

February 5, 2018

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a lecture by Michael Vandenbergh, co-author of “Beyond Politics” and the director of the Climate Change Resource Network, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 in 124 Business Building.

In his lecture, Vandenbergh will highlight the contributions that the social sciences can offer to strengthen the private sector’s role, such as solutions messaging, accounting for positive and negative spillover effects, targeting behaviors likely to both matter and be changeable, and overcoming barriers to behavioral policy approaches while attending to inter- and intra-generational justice.

“Michael Vandenbergh has a unique interdisciplinary perspective on addressing climate change with his expertise in law and having worked with climate scientists, psychologists and sociologists,” said Janet Swim, Penn State professor of psychology. “With this experience, Vandenbergh is able to critique and provide lessons from these different fields to provide a much needed view of climate change mitigation, not directed by government, but by businesses and households.”

The lecture is co-sponsored by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Department of Psychology and the Smeal College of Business.

For more information about the event or sustainability efforts at Penn State, please contact sustainability@psu.edu or visit sustainability.psu.edu.

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