About Ben Champion
My work for the last ten years has been as a practitioner focused on management and leadership strategies for improved environmental performance in the operations of large public universities. This has included a variety of strategies for reducing carbon emissions, water and energy efficiency, diversifying of transportation, waste reduction and recycling, and shifting food purchases. Along the way, I have maintained a reflective and reflexive posture regarding the governance challenges entailed in such shifts, the locus of decision-making (whether in student lifestyles, campus administration priorities, networks of faculty and staff support, service departments within the university, and combinations of all the above) and the kinds of information that are sought, included, and ignored in this variety of contexts.
Prior to this work, I studied the potential within the local foods movement for broader sustainable food systems models in the US Midwest/Great Plains region through political economic, network analysis, and value systems lenses.
Overarching themes of my research interests include how to envision large-scale shifts in land use in both urban (regional planning/development) and rural (agriculture/wilderness/conservation) contexts, transformative change in energy production and consumption, and wholesale transitions in transportation infrastructure and choices.
As a current J.D. candidate at University of Arizona, I hope to find new ways of studying the intersectionality of law and environmental governance in institutional contexts. I’m especially interested in energy and transportation sector transitions, and how environmental, property, and business law can inform visions for new energy and transportation futures.
I also remain active in networks of community organizations working to transition the way organizations in Tucson use energy and engage with transportation infrastructure and choices.