Environmental Policy and Sustainability

Ongoing Projects 


CORD receives $200,000 from

V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation to assess and

promote sustainable public procurement

Downtown 2

CORD Pro Bono Project:

Advising the City of Phoenix on Green Procurement


Breaking Barriers to Green Procurement Overseas



How Credible Are They?


Institutional Design of Sustainability Programs

Organizations’ and Individuals’ Motivations to Pursue Sustainability

Stritch, J. M., & Christensen, R. K. (2014). Going green in public organizations: Linking organizational commitment and public service motives to public employees’ workplace eco-initiatives. The American Review of Public Administration,doi:10.1177/0275074014552470

Huang, Wan-Ling, Welch, Eric, & Corley, Elizabeth A. (2014). Public Sector Voluntary Initiatives: The Adoption of the Environmental Management System by Public Waste Water Treatment Facilities in the United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57(10), 1531-1551.

Hsueh, Lily. 2013. “Beyond Regulations: Industry Voluntary Ban in Arsenic Use.” Journal of Environmental Management 131 (December): 435–46.

Hsueh, Lily, and Aseem Prakash. 2012. “Incentivizing Self-Regulation: Federal vs. State-Level Voluntary Programs in US Climate Change Policies.” Regulation & Governance.

Puente M, Darnall N, Forkner R. 2011. Assessing integrated pest management adoption: measurement problems and policy implications. Environmental Management 48(5), 1013-1023.

Darnall N, Henriques I & Sadorsky P. 2010. Adopting proactive environmental strategy: the influence of stakeholders and firm size. Journal of Management Studies 47(6), 1072-1094.

Edwards Jr. D & Darnall N. 2010. Averting environmental justice claims? The role of environmental management systems. Public Administration Review 70(3), 422-433.

Darnall N, Potoski M & Prakash A. 2010. Sponsorship matters: assessing business participation in government- and industry-sponsored voluntary environmental programs. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20(2), 283-307.

Darnall N, Seol I & Sarkis J. 2009. Perceived stakeholder influences and organizations’ use of environmental audits. Accounting, Organizations and Society 34(2), 170-187.

Darnall N, Jolley GJ & Handfield R. 2008. Environmental management systems and green supply chain management: complements for sustainability? Business Strategy and the Environment 17(1), 30-45.

Darnall N. 2006. Why firms mandate ISO 14001 certification. Business & Society 45(3), 354-381.

Minteer, Ben A., Corley, Elizabeth A., & Manning, Robert (2004). Environmental Ethics Beyond Principle? The Case for a Pragmatic Contextualism. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 17(2), 131-156.

Darnall N. 2003. Motivations for participating in a voluntary environmental initiative: the Multi-state Working Group and EPA’s EMS pilot program. Sharma S. & Starik M. (eds.) Research in Corporate Sustainability. Boston: Edward Elgar Publishing, 123-154.

Darnall N. 2003. Why firms certify to ISO 14001: an institutional and resource-based view. Nagao D (ed). Best Paper Proceedings: Sixty-First Meeting of the Academy of Management. Washington, DC: Academy of Management, pp. A1-A6.

Welch, E. W., Mazur, A., & Bretschneider, S. (2000). Voluntary behavior by electric utilities: Levels of adoption and contribution of the climate challenge program to the reduction of carbon dioxide. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,19(3).

Implementing Organizational Sustainability Activities

Strategic Alliances for Sustainability

Outcomes of Organizational Sustainability

Arimura T, Darnall N, Ganguli R, Katayama H. 2016. The effect of ISO 14001 on environmental performance: resolving equivocal findings. Journal of Environmental Management, 166(15) 556-566. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.10.032.

Hsueh, Lily. 2015. “Regulatory Effectiveness and the Long-Run Policy Horizon: The Case of U.S. Toxic Chemical Use.” Environmental Science & Policy 52 (October): 6–22.

Kurapatskie B & Darnall N. 2013. Which corporate sustainability activities associated with greater financial payoffs?Business Strategy and the Environment, 11(1), 49-61.

Darnall N & Kim Y. 2012. Which types of environmental management systems are related to greater environmental improvements? Public Administration Review 72(3), 351-365.

Arimura T, Darnall N & Katayama H. 2011. Is ISO 14001 a gateway to more advanced environmental action? The case for green supply chain management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(2), 170-182.

Darnall N. 2009. Regulatory stringency, green production offsets and organizations’ financial performance. Public Administration Review 69(3), 418-434.

Fleishman, R., Alexander, R., Bretschneider, S., & Popp, D. (2009). Does regulation stimulate productivity? the effect of air quality policies on the efficiency of US power plants. Energy Policy, 37(11), 4574-4582. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.06.012

Darnall N, Henriques I & Sadorsky P. 2008. Do environmental management systems improve business performance in an international setting? Journal of International Management 14(4), 364-376.

The Role of Science and Expertise in Environmental Policy-making

Huang, Wan-Ling, Welch, Eric, & Corley, Elizabeth A. (2014). Public Sector Voluntary Initiatives: The Adoption of the Environmental Management System by Public Waste Water Treatment Facilities in the United States. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57(10), 1531-1551.

Yeo, Sara K., Cacciatore, Michael A., Brossard, Dominique, Scheufele, Dietram A., Runge, Kristin K., Su, Leona Yi-Fan, Kim, Jiyoun, Xenos, Michael, Corley, Elizabeth A. (2014). Partisan Amplification of Risk: American Perceptions of Nuclear Energy Risk in the Wake of the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster. Energy Policy, 67, 727-736.

Campbell, Heather E. and Corley, Elizabeth A. (2012). Urban Environmental Policy Analysis. Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.  

White, Dave D., Corley, Elizabeth A., & White, Margaret S. (2008). Water Managers’ Perceptions of the Science-Policy Interface in Phoenix, Arizona: Implications for an Emerging Boundary Organization. Society & Natural Resources, 21, 230-243. 

Minteer, Ben A. & Corley, Elizabeth A. (2007). Conservation or Preservation?: A Case Study of the Foundations of Environmental Management. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 20, 307-333.

Darnall, N., & Jolley, G. J. (2004). Involving the public: When are surveys and stakeholder interviews effective? Review of Policy Research, 21(4). 

Corley, Elizabeth A. (2004). U.S. National Forest Policies Regarding Logging: A Case Study of Citizens and Scientists in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Policy Studies, 25(2), 103-120.

Corley, Elizabeth A., Dehart-Davis, Leisha, Lindner, Jim, & Rodgers, Michael (2003). Inspection/Maintenance Program Evaluation:  Replicating the Denver Step Method for an Atlanta Fleet. Environmental Science and Technology, 37(12), 2801-2806.

Carmin, J., Darnall, N., & Mil-Homens, J. (2003). Stakeholder involvement in the design of U.S. voluntary environmental programs: Does sponsorship matter?Policy Studies Journal, 31(4), 527-543.

Dehart-Davis, Leisha, Corley, Elizabeth A., & Rodgers, Michael (2002). Evaluating Vehicle Inspection/Maintenance Programs Using Onroad Emissions Data: The Atlanta Reference Method. Evaluation Review, 26(2), 111-144.

Deyle, R. E., & Bretschneider, S. I.. (1995). Spillovers of State Policy Innovations: New York’s Hazardous Waste Regulatory Initiatives. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management14(1), 79–106.