Matt Flaherty holds degrees in civil and environmental engineering (University of Illinois, '07) and law (Indiana University, '10). Following his graduation from IU's Maurer School of Law, he practiced patent law with the Chicago law firm Winston & Strawn LLP. For the last several years, Matt has pursued an entrepreneurial career in the outdoor and trail running industry — as a professional runner, a freelance writer, and a run-coaching small business owner. Last year, he returned to IU's SPEA program to pursue a dual master's degree program in environmental science and public affairs. At SPEA, Matt is studying energy and climate issues. He hopes to synthesize his past engineering and law experience, as well as his passion for the outdoors, in a career in energy and environmental policy. He is currently a junior associate with the non-governmental organization, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, where he is working on sustainable energy and climate change matters within the global trade framework.
Single city blocks all over Bloomington generate more rooftop solar energy than the entirety of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus, says writer Matt Flaherty in this guest column. What’s most troubling, he says, is that IU’s “dollars-and-cents analysis of solar power is the fundamentally wrong approach for IU to take.” Click here to read the full story.
Matt Flaherty has traveled the Tecumseh Trail by hiking and camping on it with friends in late summer, running the marathon course in October, and running all 42 miles on one winter’s day. The last trip, though, ended when they reached the southern trailhead and found it had been destroyed by logging trucks. Click here to read the full story.
On November 27, ultrarunner Matt Flaherty of Bloomington will compete on Team USA in the 100km World Championships in Los Alcázares, Spain. Hot off a record-setting win in the Tecumseh Trail Marathon outside of Bloomington in October, Flaherty describes the 100km challenge — and why the battle of ultrarunning is worth it to him. Click here to read the full story.