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E-M:/ Consumption and the Environment expert at MSU

MSU is pleased to host an evening with Dr. Tom Princen, Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan as part of its UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development speaker series. Princen’s talk, “Consumption, Sufficiency, and the Principles of Sustainability” will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm in 107 S. Kedzie on the campus of Michigan State University.


Princen’s primary focus is on the drivers of overconsumption and the conditions for restrained use of resources. He is the author of The Logic of Sufficiency (2005) and lead editor of Confronting Consumption (2002), both published by MIT Press and both awarded the International Studies Association's Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the “best book in the study of international environmental problems.” He is co-author of Environmental NGOs in World Politics: Linking the Local and the Global (Routledge, 1994) and author of Intermediaries in International Conflict (Princeton University Press, 1992/1995). Princen was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, sponsored by the Packard Foundation, and before that was a Pew Faculty Fellow for International Affairs.  Princen received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Pomona College in 1975. He was a MacArthur Foundation Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow in International Peace & Security at Princeton University from 1988 to 1989.


The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development speaker series is made possible through the generous support of the Office of Campus Sustainability, the University Committee for a Sustainable Campus, the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project and the Residential College for Arts and Humanities. The event is free and open to the public.


All Good Things,


Terry Link, Director

Campus Sustainability

112 Olds Hall

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824






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