John Ehrenfeld

John R. Ehrenfeld returned to his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1985 after a long career in the environmental field. He retired in 2000 as Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment. Following that, Dr. Ehrenfeld served until 2009 as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He is the author of The Right Way to Flourish: Reconnecting with the Real World; Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture; and Flourish: A Frank Conversion about Sustainability, coauthored with Amplify Guest Editor Andrew J. Hoffman. Dr. Ehrenfeld has authored/coauthored more than 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications. He was honored by the World Resources Institute with its first lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment and received the Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management’s Organizations and Natural Environment. Dr. Ehrenfeld earned a bachelor of science degree and a Dsc in chemical engineering from MIT. Coincidentally, his first professional job (1959) was with Arthur D. Little. He can be reached at