Michael K. Dorsey
Michael K. Dorsey is a recognized expert on global energy, environment, finance and sustainability matters. Dorsey holds Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity—awarded in 1997, in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Dorsey is a “Full member” of the Club of Rome. In 2013 the National Journal named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders”. Dr. Dorsey is also a co-founder and principal of Around the Corner Capital—an energy advisory and impact finance platform. In 2016 he became a contributor to the Wall Street Journal.
He holds a B.S. and Ph.D. (2005) in Natural Resources and Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (UM-SNRE). He also holds a Master of Forest Science (M.F.S) from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1996); and an M.A. in Anthropology from The Johns Hopkins University (1998).
Early environmental advocacy
In 1991, Dorsey served as a youth delegate to the U.S. First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. In 1992, Dorsey served as the youngest NGO representative on the U.S. State Department Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED or the "Earth Summit") in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For more than two decades Dr. Dorsey has provided strategic guidance and advice to firms, foundations, governments and a multitude of others on the interplay of multilateral environment policy, finance and economic development matters across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Some of his career highlights include:
- 2013–present. Full member, Club of Rome.
- 2013-2016. Visiting Fellow, Energy and Environment Program, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington D.C.
- 2012-13. Visiting fellow in environmental studies in Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment.
- 2011- Visiting scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
- 2005-2012. Assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Program and the Director of the College’s Climate Justice Research Project.
- 2001-2003. Thurgood Marshall Fellowship in Environmental Studies and Geography, Dartmouth College.
- 2001-2005. What Next? project at Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
- 2002 Visiting Lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand.
- 1999-2001 Program director with the Instituto de Estudios Ecologistas del Tercer Mundo and Acción Ecológica, Ecuador.
- 1997–2003; 2009-10; and 2014-2017 Director, Sierra Club.
- 1993-1994 African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi.
In 2010, Dorsey was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Committee (NAC). In 2012, Dorsey was reappointed.
From 2007-2008, he served on Senator Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team.
From 1997-2003, he was a director, that is, served on the Board of Directors, of the Sierra Club. Dorsey was re-elected to the Sierra Club Board of Directors in 2014 to 2017. Dorsey is also a founding member of the San Francisco-based Center for Environmental Health and a co-founding director of the Environmental Leadership Program.
In addition, he is co-founder and board member of Islands First, a multilateral negotiating-capacity-building organization for small island developing states facing disproportionate threats from unfolding climate change, Detroit XPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee whose goal is to help the expats of Detroit and of Michigan connect with their hometowns by collecting contributions and supporting candidates who will revitalize Detroit in a fiscally- and environmentally- responsible manner, and U.S. Climate Plan, a climate policy advocacy group elevating the national dialogue, engaging the American people, and building political support for real climate policy solutions.
In 1993, Dorsey served on the task force for President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.
- Dartmouth College Social Justice Award for "Ongoing Commitment."
- Nominated for the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award (2000).
- Rotary International’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity (1997)
Dr. Dorsey has published dozens of scholarly and lay articles on a variety of environment, development and sustainable finance matters.
Since the late 20th century Dorsey's ideas and insights have been featured across the world’s leading lay print, radio and television outlets from: Al Jazeera; The Australian Broadcasting Corporation,; CCTV; CNN International; Democracy Now!; Institutional Investor Magazine; The Los Angeles Times; The New Scientist,; The New York Times,; The Orlando Sentinel; The Sacramento Bee; US News and World Report; The Wall Street Journal (as well as the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Journal Europe); and beyond.
- "Green For Life Part One". YouTube. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "Green For Life Part Two". YouTube. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "Green For Life Part Three". YouTube. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "Green For Life Part Four". YouTube. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "MK Dorsey". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "Roster of Sierra Club Directors". Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- "islands first". islands first. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "Detroit XPAC". Detroit XPAC. 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "24,000 Delegates Descend on Glasgow for 88th Annual Rotary International Convention /PR Newswire UK/". Prnewswire.co.uk. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- The Rotarian. Books.google.com. p. 36. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- "The World Today - US rejects claims of environmental negligence". Abc.net.au. 2002-08-30. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- Pearce, Fred (2002-08-29). "Governments call for 'environmental justice'". New Scientist. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- NATHANIAL GRONEWOLD (2011-01-31). "Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading - Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
- Swarns, Rachel L. (2002-08-30). "U.S. Shows Off Aid Projects At U.N. Development Meeting". The New York Times.