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Michael K. Dorsey, Ph.D
Interim Director and Visiting Fellow, Energy and Environment Program

Dr. Michael Dorsey is a recognized expert on global governance and sustainability. For more than two decades, Dr. Dorsey has provided strategic guidance and advice to governments, foundations, firms and a multitude of others on the interplay of multilateral environment policy, finance and economic development matters. In 1992, under President George Bush, he served as a member of the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, “The Earth Summit.” From 1994-96, he was a task force member of President William Jefferson Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. In 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland, Dorsey was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity.  A “Life Member” of the Sierra Club, Michael served seven years as a Director on the Club’s national board.

From April 2007 until November 2008, Dr. Dorsey was a member of Senator Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team. In July 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Administrator, Lisa Jackson, appointed Dr. Dorsey to the EPA’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). Administrator Jackson reappointed Dr. Dorsey to the US-EPA NAC in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Dorsey was inducted as a “Full Member” to the Club of Rome and was named by the National Journal as one of 200 national “energy and environment expert insiders."

Select Published Works

Weber, E., Lichtash, M, & Dorsey, M.K. (2013). The Plan: How the U.S. Can Stabilize The Climate and Create A Clean Energy Future. The Sierra Club,

Dorsey, M. K. & Gambirazzio, G. (2012). A critical geography of the CDM. in P. Bond (ed.) The CDM in Africa. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

Dorsey, M. K. & Whitington, J. (August 2010). Carbon markets need urgent oversight. Carbon Market Europe, 9(33), 7.

Whiteman, G., Dorsey, M. K., & Wittneben, B. (July 2010). Businesses and biodiversity: They would say that. Nature, 466(7303), 184-5.

Whiteman, G. & Dorsey, M.K. (April 2010). Beyond Bonn: The Road to Cochabamba. Reuters AlertNet,


Dr. Dorsey's full biography can be found here.

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