Research Summary

Conceptualizing and measuring environmental sustainability

by Michael W. Toffel


This research involves developing clarity around the murky construct of environmental sustainability, and improving techniques to measure corporate environmental performance. My prior research in this domain includes clarifying environmental sustainability as a construct, and a case about one company’s sustainability initiative and its approach to greenhouse gas emissions management, and a case about green building that analyzes performance implications of the LEED green building process standard. Other prior work has tested the predictive validity of environmental ratings, and developing better ways to measure environmental performance using Toxic Release Inventory data and to deploy hybrid life cycle assessment techniques.