Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., is a founder and Executive Director of Global Footprint Network, a California-based non-profit that supports a sustainable economy by using the Ecological Footprint to make ecological limits central to decision-making everywhere. Mathis has worked on sustainability issues for organizations in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia and Australia. He has lectured for community groups, governments and their agencies, NGOs, and academic audiences at more than 100 universities on all continents but Antarctica. Mathis has authored or contributed to over fifty peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles and reports, and various books on sustainability that focus on the question of embracing limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth, Sharing Nature’s Interest, and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he completed his Ph.D. in community and regional planning at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There he created, as his doctoral dissertation, with Professor William Rees the “Ecological Footprint” concept, now a widely used sustainability measure. Mathis is also an adjunct faculty at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and scientific advisor of the Centre for Sustainability Studies in Veracruz, Mexico.
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