Mike Shriberg’s (MS ’00, PhD ’02) work focuses on water issues in the Great Lakes, local and state energy policy, campus sustainability/carbon neutrality and environmental leadership. Prior to coming to SEAS, he was the Great Lakes regional executive director at the National Wildlife Federation. Major initiatives included leading advocacy for federal Great Lakes restoration efforts; ensuring water affordability and access; preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species; reforming Great Lakes water management; building resilience of the Great Lakes from climate change; combating environmental injustice in the region; and engaging urban youth in nature-based education and activities.
Shriberg’s academic expertise focuses on organizational change and leadership for sustainability. Prior to his time at the National Wildlife Federation, he served as the education director at the Graham Sustainability Institute and as a lecturer in the Program in the Environment and Earth & Environmental Sciences at U-M. Previously, Shriberg was the policy director at the Ecology Center and the director of Environment Michigan. He also previously served as the environmental studies program director and as an assistant professor at Chatham University.
Schoolman, Ethan, M. Shriberg, S. Schwimmer & M. Tysman. “Green Cities and Ivory Towers: How Do Higher Education Sustainability Initiatives Shape Millennials’ Consumption Practices?” Journal of Environmental Studies & Science 6, no. 3 (2016): 490-502.
MacDonald, Lindsey & M. Shriberg. “Sustainability Leadership Programs in Higher Education: Alumni Outcomes and Impacts.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 6 (2016): 360-370.
Shriberg, Michael & H. Bedeian. “The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor: Organizational Structure, Leadership and the Environmental Movement.” Michigan Journal of Sustainability 2 (2014).
Shriberg, Michael & L. MacDonald. “Sustainability Leadership Programs: Emerging Goals, Methods & Best Practices.” Journal of Sustainability Education 5 (2013): 1-21.
Shriberg, Michael & K. Harris. “Building Sustainability Change Management and Leadership Skills in Students: Lessons learned from ‘Sustainability and the Campus’ at the University of Michigan.” Journal of Environmental Studies & Science 2, no. 2 (2012): 154-164.
Edelstein, Jack & M. Shriberg. “Energy Conservation Framework: An Integrative Framework for Energy Conservation Planning, Policy and Planning.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 4, no. 5 (2011): 245-250.
Shriberg, Michael. “Is the Maize and Blue Turning Green? Sustainability at the University of Michigan.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 4, no. 3 (2003): 263-276.
Shriberg, Michael. “Assessment Tools for Sustainability in Higher Education: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Implications for Practice and Theory.” Higher Education Policy 15, no. 2 (2002): 153-167.
Shriberg, Michael. “Toward Sustainable Management: The University of Michigan Housing Division’s Approach.” Journal of Cleaner Production 10, no. 1 (2002): 41-45.
Shriberg, Michael. “Sustainability Management in Campus Housing: A Case Study at the University of Michigan.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 1, no. 2 (2000): 137-153.
Pimentel, David, et al (M. Shriberg). “Ecology of Increasing Disease: Population growth and environmental degradation.” BioScience 48, no. 10 (1998): 817-826.
Callewaert, John, R.W. Marans & M. Shriberg. “Advancing a Culture of Sustainability at the University of Michigan.” In Implementing Campus Greening Initiatives: Approaches, Methods and Perspectives. Leal, W. (Ed.). Peter Lang (2015): 165-181.
Marans, Robert, J. Callewaert & M. Shriberg. “Enhancing and Monitoring Sustainability Culture at the University of Michigan. In Transformative Approaches to Sustainability Development at Universities. Leal, W. (Ed.). Springer (2015): 165-179.
Shriberg, Michael. “Higher Education Standards and Indicators.” In Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, Rowe, D. (ed.). Macmillan, Detroit (2014): 435-442.
Shriberg, Michael, A. Horning, K. Lund, J. Callewaert & D. Scavia. “Driving Transformative Change by Empowering Student Sustainability Leaders at the University of Michigan.” In Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation. Chase, G. and P. Barlett (eds.). MIT Press (2013): 117-127.
Shriberg, Michael. “Building Sustainability Leaders: A Framework to Thrive on Complexity and Lead Transformative Changes.” In Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Leal Filho, W. (Ed.). Peter Lang Scientific Publishers (2012): 19-28.
Marans, Robert & M. Shriberg. “Creating and Assessing a Campus Culture of Sustainability: The University of Michigan Experience.” In Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Leal Filho, W. (Ed.). Peter Lang Scientific Publishers (2012): 557-568.
Shriberg, Michael. “Sustainability Leadership as 21st Century Leadership.” In Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Gallagher, D. R. (ed.). Sage Reference (2012): 469-480.
Shriberg, Michael. “Leadership for Environmental Sustainability.” In Practicing Leadership: Principles and Applications (4th Edition). Shriberg, D. (ed.). John Wiley & Sons (2010): 240-262.
Shriberg, Michael. “How Transformational Leaders Shape Environmental Management.” In Practicing Leadership: Principles and Applications (3rd Edition). Shriberg, A. (ed.). John Wiley & Sons (2005): 245-63.
Shriberg, Michael. “Assessing Sustainability: Criteria, Tools and Implications.” In Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Contestation, Critique, Practice, and Promise. Wals, A and P. Concoran (eds.). Kluwer Publishers (2004): 71-88.
Shriberg, et al. “Leadership for the Next Generation of Great Lakes Stewardship.” Journal of Great Lakes Research: July 2023.
Pollard, Jennifer R., J.O. Michel, A.C. Simon & M. Shriberg. “Team-Teaching as a Promising Pathway Toward Interdisciplinary Sustainability Competency Development”. Sustainability 15, 15 (2023): 1-19.
Dr. Shriberg’s research is interdisciplinary and practice-oriented, focused on analysis and application of how institutions and individuals can be trained and empowered as change agents. This includes exploring how environmental change happens within social structures and institutions, using higher education as a model. This foundational work for the field includes assessing higher education’s movement toward sustainability, including the influence of organizational culture. He also researches and practices sustainability leadership, focusing on assessing what leadership skills are most needed for addressing the “wicked problems” embedded in environmental advocacy, and how various leadership training programs and individual courses are matching these needs.
PhD, University of Michigan, School for Environment & Sustainability - Resource Policy & Behavior
MS, University of Michigan, School for Environment & Sustainability - Resource Policy & Behavior
BS, Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences - Biology & Society (Minor in Environment & Business)