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01 Jul 2020

Lessons from COVID-19 for Climate Change and Research Collaboration

Prof. Daniel M. Kammen
Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley
Professor in the Energy and Resources Group (Chair),
the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Lessons from COVID-19 for Climate Change and Research Collaboration

Daniel Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (where he serves as Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy, where he Directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and as a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. From 2005 – 2015 he directed the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley. He served as Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1993 – 1999) where he Chaired the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program (STEP).

Kammen is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2020 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Since 1999 Kammen has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergivernmetnal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kammen is the author of over 400 journal publications, with major projects on energy for internaitonal development; job creation in the energy and eivnronmental sectors, environmental justice, and the technology pathways to a low-carbon economy.

Kammen was educated in physics with PhD (1988) and MS (1986) from Harvard Univeristy and a BA from Cornell Univeristy (1984).

Federal and State Service
Kammen has testified in front of US House and Senate Committees and for Federal Agencies more than 40 times. He is a frequent witness for state committee hearings. He served as Science Envoy in the Obama-Biden Administration (2016-17), and was an inagural Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) fellow, appointed by Secretary of State Clinton (2010 – 2016). Kammen has served the US EPA (NACEP, 2008- 2012) and the Department of Energy in roles on solar, nuclear, and job creation committees. Kammen was apporinted by California Governor Schwarzenegger to the Economic Advisory and Allocation Committee that designed the state’s carbon cap & trade system. He helped to develop the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (S-7-01), and worked on the states climate bills (AB32, SB32, SB100).

Environmental Justice
Kammen serves on the board of Grid Alternatives (Oakland, CA), Citand has served as an energy and justice lead for National Geographic, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and as an advisor to the American Jobs Project, directed by Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI). He served on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation. He works with the Navajo, Rosebud, Standing Rock, and other tribes and bands on energy access programs.

Private Sector
Kammen serves on the board or has helped to found 10 companies, including Enphase Energy (solar micro-interter company) RenewFinancial (which implements PACE energy financing).

Public Outreach
Kammen has authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 400 peer-reviewed journal publications, testified before the US House and Senate and federal and state committees more than 40 times. Kammen also served on the Technical Review Board of the Global Environment Facility (United Nations). He is a frequent contributor to or commentator in international news media, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Financial Times. Kammen has appeared on 60 Minutes (twice), NOVA, Frontline, and hosted the six-part Discovery Channel series Ecopolis. Dr. Kammen is a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Physical Society. In the US, he has served on two National Academy of Sciences boards and panels.

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