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Chris O'Brien

Green Wonk


Cred MS science and technology studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; BA liberal studies, Penn State

Livelihood Director, Office of Sustainability; co-owner, Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative

Interests Renewable energy, green power, recycling, and other sustainability initiatives

Focus Shepherding AU’s plan for carbon neutrality for 2020

Recent Awards O’Brien’s Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World won a 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award

Last Book You Read The Complete Root Cellar Book by Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie. (“I’m planning to build a root cellar in my backyard to use the earth’s natural temperatures to cool my home-brewed beer.”)

What Keeps You Up At Night? “It’s incumbent upon us to lead climate change mitigation strategies. We’re training the next generation of leaders, and it’s critical that our students understand the problems and be a part of the solution.”

Are You a Wonk? “If building a root cellar to save energy classifies me as a wonk… well, I think you have your answer.”

Additional Links
AU Profile
O’Brien Raises His Mug to Sustainability