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Brandi Robinson

Brandi Robinson

Office Address: 
415 EESB
Assistant Teaching Professor
PDF icon Curriculum Vitae (88.65 KB)
  • Master of Science in Geography, Penn State, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Courses Taught: 
  • GEOG 432 Energy Policy
  • GEOG 438W Human Dimensions of Global Warming
  • EME 466 Energy and Sustainability in Society
  • EME 803 Applied Energy Policy
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering


Brandi Robinson is an assistant 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 carbon markets to her teaching, as well as local-scale greenhouse gas inventorying and mitigation strategy development.

Research Projects: 

My research focuses on the efficacy of utilizing local policy mechanisms and structures of governance to address issues surrounding global change.  Specifically, my interest is in understanding how people’s beliefs and attitudes affect their actions related to energy and consumption and how we can better understand this relationship to create targeted and meaningful reduction efforts. Currently, I serve as Chair of the Ferguson Township Climate Action Committee.  We’ve recently completed and presented our township-wide greenhouse gas inventory to the Board of Supervisors and are now pulling together a climate action plan to advance the Township’s ambitious target (adopted by resolution) of net zero emissions by 2050. 

  • 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