0 Brian Webb

Brian Webb

Sustainability Director; Instructor, Environmental Studies

Brian serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainability and teaches in the new Environmental Studies academic program.  His primary role involves leading the college’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship at an institutional level. This includes overseeing sustainability programming, coordinating with faculty to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, working with facilities to promote sustainable operations, and directing the college’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Brian holds two masters degrees, one in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University and the other in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard Extension School. In addition to his work at Houghton College, Brian directs a Christian ministry called Climate Caretakers.  He is also actively involved in numerous national-level creation care initiatives. Brian loves a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and ultimate frisbee. His biggest bucket list goal in life involve climbing to the highest point in all 50 U.S. states.

Education

  • L.A. | Harvard Extension School
  • S. | Minnesota State University
  • A. | Berry College

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Global Issues
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Communication
  • Environmental Public Policy

Professional Members/Associations

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education

Professional Experience

  • Founded and served as Executive Director of Climate Caretakers, a ministry focused on educating Christians about the climate crisis (2015 – 2020).
  • Served as Director of Educational Programming at Blessed Earth, a Christian non-profit focused on creation care (2010 – 2012).
  • Served as Director of Intercultural Student Programs at Houghton College (2007 – 2012).
  • Worked as a missionary with New Mission Systems International (2001 – 2005).

Research Interests

My research focuses on the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of evangelical Christians on the topic of climate change. I am particularly interested in how evangelicals form their beliefs about climate change, what types of communication techniques can influence their beliefs, and how evangelicals compare to other demographics in the United States and around the world.

Publications

  • Bloom, M. A., Hayhoe, D., & Webb, B. (2020). Teaching climate change to American evangelicals: Using cultural intelligence to influence change in perspectives among conservative Christian college students. In Bloom, M. A. & Quebec Fuentes, S. (Eds.), Advancing Science and Mathematics Education for a Sustainable Future(19-34), Dallas, TX/Fort Worth, TX: International Consortium for Research in Science & Mathematics Education.
  • Hayhoe, D., Bloom, M.A., & Webb, B.S. (2019). Changing evangelicals minds on climate change. Environmental Research Letters. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaf0ce
  • Webb, B.S., & Hayhoe, D. (2017). Assessing the influence of an educational presentation on climate change beliefs at an Evangelical Christian college. Journal of Geoscience Education, 65 (272-282).
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