Gund Affiliate, Co-Founder & Limited Partner, IberSun Solar

Michael Dorsey is a 2020 Macmillan Visiting Scholar at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment. In 2013, the National Journal named him one of 200 US “energy and environment expert insiders.” Dr. Dorsey is a full member of the Club of Rome and was bestowed Rotary International’s highest honor, The Paul Harris Medal for Distinguished Service to Humanity. Currently, he is a JV partner in the Indian based panel manufacturer Pahal Solar and a limited partner in the Spanish solar company IberSun.

Dr. Dorsey is a serial organization builder and leader in for-profit, non-profit, scholarly and governmental realms. In non-profit realms, Dorsey co-created the Center for Environmental Health and served 11 years on the national board of the Sierra Club—one of the largest and oldest US environmental organizations. Dorsey and two former student collaborators co-created the predecessor to the Sunrise Movement, which co-orchestrated launching the Green New Deal. In academia, Dr. Dorsey was a professor in the environmental studies program at Dartmouth College and guest faculty at Wesleyan University (USA), the University KwaZuluNatal and the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), Kungl Tekniska Högskolan (Sweden) and Erasmus University (The Netherlands).

Dr. Dorsey’s significant government engagement includes serving as a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development (“The Earth Summit”); Bill Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development; Barack Obama’s energy and environment Presidential campaign team,;and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee.

Dr. Dorsey is also a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in leading media outlets including Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, South Africa’s Business Day, CNN, The New York Times, US News and World Reports, and many others. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale, and the Johns Hopkins University.


  • Dorsey, M. 2020. Justice, Peace and Inclusion for Sustainability or Climate Apartheid? In F. Dodds (Ed.), Governance for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Vol. 4, pp. 18–29). New World Frontiers.
  • Bracking, S. and Dorsey, M.K. 2015. Escaping the 20th Century Neoliberal Prison Complex: What should climate justice organizations do with the Green Climate Fund in the 21st Century? In Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, Action and Solidarity Towards Climate Justice. (Transnational Institute & Carbon Trade Watch.)
  • Bond, P. and Dorsey, M.K., 2010. Anatomies of environmental knowledge and resistance: diverse climate justice movements and waning eco-neoliberalism. Journal of Australian Political Economy, The, (66), p.286.
  • Dorsey, Michael K. 2007. “Climate Knowledge and Power: Tales of Skeptic Tanks, Weather Gods and Sagas for Climate (in)Justice” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (A Taylor & Francis Journal) Vol. 18, No. 2, (June), pp. 7-21.
  • Gelobter, M., Dorsey, M., Fields, L., Goldtooth, T., Mendiratta, A., Moore, R., Morello-Frosch, R., Shepard, P.M. and Torres, G., 2005. The soul of environmentalism: Rediscovering transformational politics in the 21st century. Oakland, CA: Redefining Progress.

Awards and Recognition

  • Dartmouth College Social Justice Award for "Ongoing Commitment."
  • Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow (2001-02).
  • 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)
Gund Affiliate Michael Dorsey

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environment, sustainability, energy, climate, justice 


  • PhD, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability
  • MA, Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
  • MFS, Forest Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • BS, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability