Talking Sustainability with Mark Alan Hughes '81

Mark Alan Hughes '81 discusses his efforts as Philadelphia's first sustainability director to conserve resources, reduce waste, and promote alternative energy, green jobs, and many other sustainable methods of living and doing business. He also addresses how such efforts can serve as a model for developing Swarthmore's green profile. Hughes joined the public policy faculty of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School at the age of 25, then later taught public policy at Penn's Fels Institute, Harvard's Kennedy School, and at Swarthmore College. He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute and his research has appeared in the leading journals of several academic disciplines, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Political Science Quarterly, Economic Geography, Journal of the American Planning Association, and Urban Studies.