Paul Shrivastava



  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Business

Focus Areas:

  • Management and Organization


  • Shrivastava can speak on the connection between climate change and economic policy, including inequality and implications for corporations and consumers.
  • His expertise includes crisis management – helping corporations turn crisis into opportunity, ending unsustainable business practices and teaching organizations how to take action to become more competitive.
  • Shrivastava believes that science alone won't change human behavior, and works to promote the integration of arts and sciences to address sustainability problems.

Paul Shrivastava is a professor of management and organizations in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business. He served as the University’s first Chief Sustainability Officer and director of the Sustainability Institute from 2017-2022 and is now focusing on transdisciplinary sustainability sciences research with colleagues at Penn State and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan. He engages in sustainability policy action work as a member of the Club of Rome and was previously the executive director of Future Earth, where he helped establish global environmental change programs.

Under Shrivastava’s leadership, the University has taken on a number of sustainability initiatives. Shrivastava’s contributions include: introducing the U.N. Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for sustainability; launching the annual Sustainability Spotlight to highlight progress and raise the visibility of sustainability at Penn State; decarbonizing 25% of all energy at the University; initiating the formation of Sustainability Councils within colleges, campuses and administrative units; and strengthening the sustainability community across the Commonwealth Campuses by creating opportunities for campus leaders to share solutions and success stories via webinars and the annual Commonwealth Campus Sustainability Forums.

In The Media

"As the chief sustainability officer of a large organization, I have learned that government investments are most effective when they are positively leveraged by other large organizations."

“In the past three years, Penn State has dramatically improved its efforts to further integrate sustainability within its academics, research, operations, and engagement programs.”

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