Ben Champion
Director, Office of Sustainability
(520) 621-2711

As Director of the University of Arizona’s Office of Sustainability, Ben is committed to student engagement through sustainability initiatives and to advancing the UA’s performance as a leader in higher education sustainability. The Office of Sustainability facilitates the UA’s efforts to support a vibrant and sustainable desert southwest by bridging relationships across campus and partnering with southern Arizona community organizations. Prior to joining the UA in July 2014, Ben was Director of Sustainability at Kansas State University from 2008-2014. He also earned his doctorate in geography in 2007 from the University of Oxford and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from Kansas State University in 2002. At KSU Ben was awarded a Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership and a Rhodes Scholarship. In his off-time, Ben is a foodie and an avid bicyclist.

Selected Citations: 

A. Campbell-Hibbs, D. Kahl, L. PytlikZillig, B. Champion, T. Abdel-Monem, T. Steffensmeier, C. Rice, K. Hubbard. (2014) "Agricultural Producer Perceptions of Climate Change and Climate Education Needs for the Central Great Plains". Journal of Extension, Vol 52:3

B. Champion, A. Campbell Hibbs, D. Kahl, L.M. PytlikZillig, T. Steffensmeier. (2013) Kansas Opinions on Climate Change: Results from a Statewide Telephone Survey and a Deliberative Discussion. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. (accessed 10/31/2013)

L.M. PytlikZillig, T. Steffensmeier, A. Campbell Hibbs, B. Champion, E.D. Hunt, J. Harrington Jr., J. Spears, N. Umphlett, R. Bruning and D. Kahl (2013). “Fostering climate change education in the Central Great Plains: a public engagement approach.” International Journal of Sustainability, Vol 8:1 161-167

J. Aronoff, B. Champion, C. Lauer, A. Pahwa. “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: The Effectiveness of Community-Based Social Marketing on Energy Conservation for Sustainable University Campuses”. Power and Energy Magazine, IEEE Vol 11:1 30-38.

Champion, B.; Pirog, R.; (2009) “Sustainable Food Distribution” in Baldwin, (eds.) Sustainability in the Food Industry. Blackwell, Oxford

Champion, B. (2008) The Political Economy of Local Food in Eastern Kansas: Opportunities and Justice in Emerging Agro-Food Networks and Markets. Oxford University, Oxford, UK. Doctoral Thesis

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Climate change
Science communication
Stakeholder engagement
Alternative transportation
Climate change impacts
Community energy
Energy conservation
Energy Economics
Green infrastructure
Food Systems and Security
Food policy
Food security
Governance, Law, and Policy
Alternative fuels
Alternative vehicles
Climate change impacts
Energy conservation
Energy policy
Food policy
Institutional analysis
Urban development
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Dynamical systems theory
Information theory
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making
Urban Environment
Building technology
Climate change impacts
Community education
Community energy
Decision making
Distributed generation
Green economy
Green infrastructure
Smart growth
Urban development
Urban infrastructure
Urban planning

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