Thomas Lyon

Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology, and Commerce


PhD, Stanford University (engineering, economic systems)

MS, Stanford University (engineering, economic systems)

BS, Princeton University (civil engineering)

6366 Ross (701 Tappan St.)


Tom Lyon is the Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce. His research and teaching interests include environmental information disclosure and greenwash; corporate environmental strategy; environmental NGOs; voluntary environmental agreements; government regulation of business; industrial organization; and energy and the environment.

  • 2016-2017: Sloan Foundation Grant, “What’s Driving Millennial Travel Behavior: An Exploratory Study,” $72,846.

  • 2015-2019: Environmental Protection Agency, “Engineering and Policy Studies of Transportation Impacts on Air Quality,” $1,002,927. 

  • 2016: Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, “Corporate Sustainability 2.0: Leading Systemic Thomas P. Lyon / Page 9 Change,” 2016, $35,000. 


Dow Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability, University of Michigan (2012-2014).

Keynote Address, “Towards Corporate Sustainability: Lessons from the Chemical Industry,” Global Chemical Regulations Conference, Baltimore, MD (2015).

Corona Chair, University of Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, (2013).

Keynote Address, “Labels on Sustainability,” 134th Seminar of the European Association for Agricultural Economics, Paris, France (2013).

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford University School of Business (2012).

Select publications: 
  • “Environmental Disclosure: Evidence from Newsweek’s Green Companies Rankings,” (with Jay P. Shimshack), Business and Society, 2015, 54(5): 632-675.
  • “The Means and End of Greenwash,” (with A. Wren Montgomery), Organization and Environment, 2015, 28(2): 223–249.
  • “Optimizing Eco-Efficiency across the Procurement Portfolio,” (with Rylie E.O. Pelton, Mo Li, and Timothy M. Smith), Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50(11): 5908-5918.
  • “The Drivers and Impacts of Renewable Portfolio Standards,” Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2016, 8: 141-155.
  • “Voluntary Cleanup Programs for Brownfield Sites: A Theoretical Analysis,” (with Allen Blackman, Kris Wernstedt and Haitao Yin), Environmental and Resource Economics, forthcoming.

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