Director of Research
For urban sustainability, Chris has worked to identify the key quantitative metrics defining sustainable urban development, culminating in the 12 Green Guidelines, a set of numerical benchmarks at the core of the program’s Green and Smart Guidelines for China Development Bank Capital. Establishing the right quantitative metrics will hasten the spread of known urban solutions and help to distinguish real progress from greenwashing.
In California, Chris’ research supported the establishment of a 2030 statewide limit on carbon emissions. In early 2015, he wrote a report recommending the state set a 2030 emissions reduction target of 40 percent below the 1990 level, the same target adopted in Senate Bill 32 on September 8th, 2016. Today, Chris’ efforts are aimed at finalizing the portfolio of climate policies needed to enable the state to hit its strong 2030 target—a stepping stone to even deeper decarbonization.
Prior to Energy Innovation, Chris served as Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, where he testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Power and Energy Subcommittee. He held the role of Climate Economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he was appointed to California’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. He also worked as a Senior Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chris holds a PhD in environmental economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Electricity Journal, Energy Policy, and Land Economics.