SheSource: Professor Vivian Thomson's profile on the Women's Center for Media's list of experts!

"From Trash to Energy" on Marketplace

"Sorting Through Garbage" in The UVa Magazine

"Mt. Trashmore: This Place is a Dump" on Under the Sun, Miami Public Radio Program


Professor Thomson's Resume:

Vivian E. Thomson                      
Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Departments of Environmental Sciences and Politics                              
Director, Environmental Thought and Practice BA Program
Director, University of Virginia Panama Initiative


Professional Experience
Associate Professor, University of Virginia (2009 to present)
Department of Environmental Sciences, Department of Politics

Senior policy analyst and manager, United States Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, California (regional office) and Washington, DC (national headquarters)

Princeton University – AB, Biology (Ecology)
University of California, Santa Barbara - MA, Biology (Ecology)
University of Virginia – Ph.D., Government

Vice Chair, State Air Pollution Control Board (member 2002 to 2010)
Appointed by Governor Mark Warner (re-appointed by Governor Tim Kaine) to this seven-member regulatory body, which makes air pollution policy and approves regulations for Virginia.
Member, 1996 Charlottesville/Albemarle Task Force on Solid Waste (appointed by City Council)

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
Guest scholar, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (2005-2006)
Sesquicentennial sabbatical leave, University of Virginia (2005)
Fulbright Chair in American Studies, University of Southern Denmark (2001-2002). (See article here)
Resident Fellow, Virginia Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy (1990)
Bronze medal, US Environmental Protection Agency (1985)

Publications, Lectures, and Conference Presentations (full list available upon request)
2010, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, "Upside-Down Cooperative Federalism: Climate Change Policymaking and the States," co-authored with Vicki Arroyo, Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law Climate Center.

Book: Garbage In, Garbage Out: Solving the Problems with Long-Distance Trash Transport. Explores the growing phenomenon of long-distance trash transport and related trash management issues. Compares waste generation and consumption patterns in the US with those in the European Union and Japan.  Marketplace interview broadcast on National Public Radio, November 2007. Finalist in the 2010 Southern Environmental Law Center's Phillip D. Reed Writing Competition (

Articles, book review in politics, botany, air pollution, atmospheric science, and ethics publications. Extended reports on: the air toxics problem in the United States; air pollution in the Southern Appalachian Mountains; and, global climate change.  Collaborations with US Environmental Protection Agency, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service.  Pew Center publication ("Early Observations on the European Union's Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme: Insights for United States Policymakers") available here.

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures--major political science organizations (APSA, MPSA, IPSA), Scandinavian social science association, American Philosophical Association, Fondazione per l'Ambiente (Turin, Italy), Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Landesentwicklung und Umweltfragen (Augsburg, Germany), European Consortium for Political Research.  Venues have included Oxford University, Free University of Berlin, Goeteborg University, University of Southern Denmark, University of Tampere (Finland), University of Delaware, Emory University, Stanford University, Auburn University, College of William and Mary.

Webcast, October 21, 2008 release of the Virginia Climate Change Survey:








Vivian Bike

An early demonstration of her dedication to the environment....