Carbon Mitigation Initiative

Advisory Council

Sally M. Benson Sally M. Benson
Director of Global Climate and Energy Project and Research Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University
Benson works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past ten years she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration.

Dallas Burtraw Dallas Burtraw
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Dallas Burtraw's research interests include the design of environmental regulation, the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, and the regulation and restructuring of the electricity industry.

David Hawkins David G. Hawkins
Director of Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council
David G. Hawkins began his work in "public interest" law upon graduation from Columbia University Law School in 1970. He joined the Natural Resources Defense Council's Washington, DC office in 1971 as one of the organization's first staff members. In 1977, Hawkins was appointed by President Carter to be Assistant Administrator for Air, Noise, and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Levi Michael A. Levi
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations
Michael Levi is the director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. His research focuses primarily on policy design for climate change mitigation and for U.S. energy security, with a strong emphasis on U.S. foreign policy.

Daniel P. Schrag Daniel P. Schrag
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. Schrag also studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels. He currently serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Chris Somerville Chris Somerville
Director, Energy Biosciences Institute
As Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, Dr. Somerville oversees all academic activities at the Institute, including research, communications, education and outreach. Somerville is the Philomathia Professor in Alternative Energy in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Heather Youngs Heather Youngs
Senior Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute
Dr. Heather Youngs is a senior fellow at the Energy Biosciences Institute. She is an expert on the development of bioenergy technologies in the context of energy access and security, climate change, and long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Youngs has provided expert analysis to members of Congress, governmental agencies and NGOs, including UNEP and UNESCO. She is executive editor of the publication Bioenergy Connection.
Last update: March 19 2015
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