About the Author

Matthew Stedl

Welcome to The Sustainability Report, I’m glad you are here.  I am a self-described “pragmatic environmentalist”, entrepreneur, renewable energy developer, researcher, writer, consultant, and environmental-economic policy wonk at heart. I hope you find the commentary here insightful, informative, and interesting.  If it touches you in any way, please share this blog with friends, family, and colleagues.

Through my work, research, and writing I am attempting to help tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time: creating an environmentally and economically sustainable economy. I believe we have the technical capacity to transform our economy, and therefore our lives, but we are limited by political institutions and market failures, which often align incentives against sustainable choices. We have seen some progress, but more work is needed in order to create a truly sustainable, prosperous, and fair economy.   I hope to share some possible solutions on the pages that follow.

Now for some additional details to establish my sustainability street cred:

I was the founder and CEO of an award winning green building company, am a LEED Green Associate, and have advised some of the nation’s leading environmental and energy firms. I am also currently an active member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Council and the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) YP Board.  I received my Masters in Public Policy with concentration in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Policy with Honors from The University of Chicago – Harris School of Public Policy, and my BS in Mechanical Engineering with High Honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both educational experiences were extremely challenging and life-changing, and hopefully they made me a bit more effective at the tasks at hand.  Above all – I understand basic arithmetic:  you can’t keep withdrawing from the account indefinitely.

My other talents and interests including playing the guitar, singing, and enjoying lively discussions on just about anything.  Feel free to send me an email, I’d love to hear what you are doing.



twitter: @matthewstedl

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