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Episode 18: Taking action on energy impact at University of Washington with policy analyst Roel Hammerschlag

Taking action on energy impact at University of Washington with policy analyst Roel Hammerschlag

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Released Feb. 7, 2017

Roel HammerschlagRoel Hammerschlag, MPA
Principal and Energy & Climate Policy Analyst
Hammerschlag & Co. LLC

A Climate Action Plan documents an institution’s greenhouse gas emissions and the plans they have to reduce them. In 2006, today’s guest helped launch the effort to create a Climate Action Plan for University of Washington, a project that would ultimately take over three years, cataloging the massively complex infrastructure that emits greenhouse gasses across the institution.

This week on NACUBO In Brief, energy and climate policy analyst Roel Hammerschlag joins us to share the experience of creating and implementing the Climate Action Plan, outlining the benefits of the marginal abatement cost curve in defining the most effective projects to take on, and the political hurdles the team was required to leap to get those projects approved and completed.

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Biography: Roel Hammerschlag is the principal of Hammerschlag & Co. LLC, specializing in greenhouse gas inventories, greenhouse gas regulation, communication of climate science, life-cycle assessments of fuels, and renewable energy technology assessments. Recent clients have included King County, the University of Washington, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Recology CleanScapes, and Enwave Seattle. From 2010-2013, Mr. Hammerschlag served Washington State as the program manager for Washington's State Energy Strategy, and from 2007-2010 Stockholm Environment Institute engaged him in the role of Senior Scientist. In 2003 the MacArthur Foundation awarded Mr. Hammerschlag and Patrick Mazza a Grant for Research and Writing examining limits to hydrogen fuel.

Mr. Hammerschlag earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988, and a Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington in 2007, supported by fellowships from the UW Program on Climate Change and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.