Dr. Scott Cloutier is an assistant professor and senior sustainability scholar within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He is focused on charting a new course for sustainability to maximize opportunities for happiness. Scott’s experience and expanding research agenda revolve around three key elements: (1) Sustainable Urban/Neighborhood Development research designed to integrate community development subsystems (e.g. water, waste, energy, transportation, business and economic development) to maximize community well-being through sustainable interventions; (2) Qualitative and Quantitative Mixed Method research designed to explore and reflect human/built-and-natural-environment/sustainability connections from both subjective and objective perspectives; and (3) Theoretical Processes research around constructs of quality of life, community well-being, subjective well-being (happiness), hedonia, eudaimonia and biological underpinnings.
Scott currently leads the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness™ (SNfH) project – a multi-year research, teaching and applied sustainability solutions effort to improve neighborhood well-being and the happiness of residents living within. The SNfH is a partnership between universities, local municipalities, city officials, non-profit organizations, businesses, faculty, staff and students. His work takes him to neighborhoods in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Guatemala and Denmark. He works closely with partners and residents to identify pressing sustainability issues and, through participatory processes, develops and applies culturally sensitive solutions that maximize opportunities for happiness.
Scott is the developer of the Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness Index (SNHI): a tool used to assess and compare how well individual cities, towns, neighborhoods and communities of any size embrace sustainable practices and how these practices translate to opportunities for residents to pursue happiness. He is also the founder of the Sustainability & Happiness Research Lab. Prior to joining the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Scott served six years in the United States Navy, earned a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire, his doctorate from Cornell University and spent a year at the University of Georgia as a postdoctoral researcher. His prior teaching experiences include engineering and sustainability courses at a charter high school and college level math, engineering, environmental science, sustainability, and community development courses both in a classroom and online format. He is constantly driven to shift the focus of sustainability to enhancing neighborhood well-being, resilience and opportunities for happiness through intentional design and retrofit.