Karen Degannes is a regulatory analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission's Energy Division in San Francisco. Concurrently, Karen is a doctoral student in Sociology and Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan. Her research analyzes corporate environmental behavior and its impacts on social and economic structure. She is examining the environmental performance of large U.S. companies between 1987-1998 to evaluate the efficacy of corporate strategies to reduce negative environmental impacts. Karen has conducted research on brownfields, appliance efficiency standards, global warming policy, and environmental justice.