Brandi Robinson is an associate teaching professor for the Energy and Sustainability Policy bachelor’s program as well as the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems master's program. She brings expertise in policy formation and analysis relative to voluntary carbon markets to her teaching, as well as local-scale greenhouse gas inventorying and mitigation strategy development.
Robinson's research focuses on the efficacy of utilizing local policy mechanisms and structures of governance to address issues surrounding global climate change. Specifically, her interest is in understanding how to connect the causes and impacts of climate change with areas of existing concern and interest in local communities to build partnerships for meaningful change.
Currently, Robinson serves as chair of the Implementation Technical Advisory Group for the Centre Region’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The CAAP seeks to reduce region-wide emissions by 80% by 2050. Robinson also co-directs the Local Climate Action Program which partners undergraduate and graduate students with local government officials to complete greenhouse gas emissions inventorying and climate policy planning over two semesters.
- Buckland, P., B. Robinson, and M. Mann. (2020). Science Alone Will Not Save Us, Civic Engagement Might. In J. Henderson and A. Drewes (Ed.) Teaching Climate Change in the US. New York: Routledge.
- Wherley, M., and B. Robinson. (2020). Disrupt the one-way street of feedback to encourage reflective practice. In Chen, B., deNoyelles, A., & Thompson, K. (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved December 2, 2020 from https://topr.online.ucf.edu/disrupt-the-one-way-street-of-feedback-to-encourage-reflective-practice/.
- Knuth, S., B. Nagle, C. Steuer, and B. Yarnal, 2007. Universities and climate change mitigation: Advancing grassroots climate policy in the US. Local Environment 12, 485-504.
- Nagle, B., S. Knuth, C. Steuer, and B. Yarnal. 2006. Local Efforts to Monitor and Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Case Study from the University Park Campus of Penn State University. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual International Emission Inventory Conference in New Orleans, LA: May 2006.
- Shortle, J. and B. Nagle. 2005. Designing Research for Impact: Lessons Learned from the Atlantic Slope Consortium, Mid- Atlantic Regional Assessment, and Consortium for Atlantic Regional Assessment. White paper for the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
- College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Faculty Advising Award, 2013
- University Faculty Advising Award, 2018