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Christopher O'Brien

Adjunct Instructor
Department of Management

  • In 2009 Chris became American University's first Director of Sustainability. He is responsible for sustainability policy, planning, outreach and implementation. His work includes leading the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020, as well as building and operating green buildings, eliminating waste sent to landfill, and greening the university's procurement.

    Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as Managing Director of the Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is Treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network, and co-owns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He serves on the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Advisory Board, the Green Advantage Standards Board, The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Board of Directors, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS Steering Committee.

    In 2006, Chris authored the award-winning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers). He tweets about greening the American dream at twitter.com/GreenAU.
  • Degrees

    BA Liberal Studies, Penn State, 1994; MS Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1997
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    The Kogod Green Roof

    Book Currently Reading:

    Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

  • Sustainability, Office of
  • New Mexico (3201) - 265

  • (202) 885-2682 (Office)
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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2014

    • MGMT-596 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Sustainable Prod/Purchasing
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  • Fall 2014

    • MGMT-596 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Managing for Climate Change
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications



Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World. New Society Publishers, 2006.

Globeerization or Beeroregionalism: Beer as an Economic Representation. Economic Representations: Academic and Everyday. Routledge, 2008.

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