Helen Andersen, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies
- MSc Environment, Science, and Society, University College London
- BA Politics and American Studies, Brunel University
Sustainability Studies Courses
- SUS 421 Fostering Sustainable Behavior
I feel a responsibility to help reduce the impact that humans have on the planet. My background is interdisciplinary; my main focus is on the relationships among science, politics, society, and the environment. The interaction among these elements has created environmental problems and also has the potential to solve them.
I studied at British universities and bring an international element to the program, with knowledge of how Britain and other European Union nations understand and manage environmental issues. My Master’s thesis investigated the role of small scale renewable energy systems in Britain’s energy future. I previously worked as a Sustainability Consultant in London working with architects, planners and local government to ensure that new building developments would meet stringent energy and sustainability policy requirements.
I am currently Co-Chair of the Garfield Legacy Project, a voluntary group of local citizens and organizations. We promote initiatives to protect wildlife habitat and native plants, preserve water quality, conserve agricultural land, improve recreational opportunities, and maintain our quality of life in Garfield County. My volunteer work at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has led me to become increasingly interested in the role of environmental education in promoting sustainable values in the United States, and I endeavor to become more involved in this area.
I enjoy numerous outdoors pursuits including canyoneering, climbing, hiking, skiing, and ice climbing, and I really appreciate the beauty of where we live.