Dr. Jacob Bethem

Assistant Professor

Department of Business, Economics and Enterprise Sciences


Dr. Bethem is a sustainability scholar with over 10 years of management experience and 10 years of collegiate teaching experience. In consultative research, he has designed Living Buildings, created tools for tracking waste diversion from the landfill, and innovated business plans to improve his clients’ organizations’ progress toward sustainability. His classes often include critical thinking and real-world impact through activities such as lifestyle changes, active service-learning projects, or client consultations. His dissertation created a systematic method for applying ethics to energy decisions, with particular attention to case studies in Native American communities.


  • 2020: Bethem, J., Frigo, G., Biswas, S. et al. “Energy decisions within an applied ethics framework: An analysis of five recent controversies.” Energy Sustainability & Society 1029. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13705-020-00261-6

  • 2020: Dooley, K., Bethem, J., Campbell, M., and Mars, C. “A 5S Model for Circularity in a City” Resource Recycling.

  • 2019: “Students and Faculty Treat Waste as an Opportunity to Learn” University of Redlands Bulldog Blog (December 16) https://www.redlands.edu/bulldog-blog/2019/december-2019/students-and-faculty-treat-waste-as-an-opportunity-to-learn/.

  • 2018: Bethem, J. “Life Within Energy Policy” Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, Special Issue on Energy Ethics 6.1: 69-85.


    2017: “Utility-Scale Energy Storage” (chapter) in Hawken, P. (ed.) Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. pg. 32-33. Penguin books.

  • 2017: Siqueira, A., Sacramento, I. Guenster, N. and Bethem, J. “PedagogicalMethods for Sustainable Development: Business educational projects generating direct impact on stakeholders through fundraising and fund management” International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (IJISD) 11.4.

  • B.S. Biological Sciences: University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • B.A. Philosophy: St. Vincent College
  • M.A.Philosophy: St. Vincent College
  • M.S. Management, Operational Excellence: St. Vincent College
  • M.B.A. Sustainability: Duquesne University
  • Ph.D. Sustainability: Arizona State University