Yuill Herbert

Yuill Herbert is a director and founder of Sustainability Solutions Group, a workers cooperative in Canada. Yuill has worked on more than 35 community climate action plans across Canada as well as many other community planning and climate change-related projects.

He developed the highly regarded GHGProof energy, emissions and land-use planning model. Yuill has used this model to develop corporate and community energy plans with realistic targets, successful emissions reductions strategies and societal benefit. He also has modelling experience with district energy systems, transportation systems and land-use planning, allowing for analysis and recommendations that are holistic and precise.

Yuill is currently leading a project for the International Energy Agency to create a district energy model and is working on a sustainable development model for communities that analyses the economic and biophysical flows through a community. He is deeply committed to open source methods and tools and is involved in research projects with universities in Canada on municipalities and climate change, sustainability and education and measuring the impact of cooperatives on society.

Yuill is also on the board of the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust. He received his Master's of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and his Bachelor's of Philosophy from Mount Allison University.

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Research Fellow, Spring 2015
Research Focus: 
Ridesharing
District Heating
Landfill Methane
Waste Diversion
Specialties: 
integrated sustainability analysis
Email address: 
yuill.herbert@drawdown.org
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Amanda Hong

Amanda Hong is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 9. Amanda's role is in the Zero Waste Section, working to prevent and properly manage waste to avoid the negative environmental and economic costs associated with them. Some of the work she undertakes includes assisting participants in the Food Recovery Challenge to meet their goals and track progress, holding webinars and training on food waste management tools like the Reducing Wasted Food and Packaging Toolkit, and assisting stakeholders in developing anaerobic digestion projects for food waste.

She is dedicated to identifying sustainable solutions to environmental problems relating to waste management, climate change, and energy crises, both domestic and abroad. Previously, Amanda spent two years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, collaborating with community groups to identify, prioritize, and develop solutions to local problems. Through the Peace Corps, her projects included starting women's literacty classes, developing a cereal bank and chicken raising operation, and small enterprise development for women's groups. 

Amanda earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where she was able to apply the economic and quantitative analytical skills she learned to global energy and environmental issues. At the Goldman School, her client projects included policy suggestions for driving source reduction, recycling and composting of packaging waste in California, and a blue carbon assessment of mangrove conservation in Sri Lanka. Prior to her master's, Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Public Policy Emphasis. 

Title: 
Junior Fellow, Spring 2015
Research Focus: 
Reduced Food Waste
Specialties: 
waste and material reduction, food systems, policy analysis, economic analysis
Email address: 
amanda.hong@drawdown.org
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Zeke Hausfather

Zeke Hausfather is a climate scientist and energy systems analyst with a strong interest in conservation and efficiency. He is currently a research scientist at Berkeley Earth and the head of energy analytics at Essess, Inc. He was previously the chief scientist at C3, an energy management and efficiency company, and co-founded Efficiency 2.0, a behavior-based energy efficiency company.

Zeke received a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's degree in environmental science from Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands, and another master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has published papers in the fields of environmental economics, energy modeling, and climate science.

Title: 
2015 Senior Fellow, Climate Modeling
Research Focus: 
Climate analysis
Concentrated Solar
LEDs
Specialties: 
energy systems analysis, energy modeling, energy conservation and efficiency, climate science, and environmental economics
Email address: 
zeke@drawdown.org
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Zhen Han

Zhen Han is completing her PhD in Ecology at Cornell University, with her research focusing on nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems. Specifically, she conducted quantitative synthesis and field measurements to investigate the impact of various agricultural management practices on nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. 

Zhen is interested in environmental policy and international development, and was an Environmental Policy Fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she worked on ecosystem-based climate change adaptation and gender mainstreaming. Through Cornell, she consulted on agricultural development both locally and internationally. Prior to graduate school, Zhen earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Zhejiang University, China. 

Title: 
2016 Research Fellow
Research Focus: 
Agroforestry
Conservation Agriculture
Specialties: 
agro-ecology, nutrient cycling, agricultural development, environmental policy
Email address: 
zhen.han@drawdown.org
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Karan Gupta

Karan Gupta is an energy-efficient design specialist at Build SMART North America. He has worked for several years as a high-performance building consultant, specializing in new construction, building retrofits, energy conservation measures, active energy management strategies, building energy modeling, project design and planning, and financial analysis. Karan previously worked with demand response and high-efficiency residential buildings. 

His professional interests lie at the intersection of community and building-scale development with the aim of achieving net-positive energy and water balances, while creating healthy, safe, comfortable, and pleasant places for people to live, work, and play. Key components of his vision include: passive design principles; renewable, low-energy, non-toxic building materials; on-site generation and water treatment; and holistic planning.

Karan recently received his Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry degrees from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Karan holds a BA in Economics from New York University.

Title: 
Junior Fellow, Summer 2015
Research Focus: 
Biomass
Passive Haus
Specialties: 
building efficiency, economics
Email address: 
karan.gupta@drawdown.org
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Alisha Graves

Alisha Graves is President of Venture Strategies for Health and Development (VSHD), a California-based nonprofit organization. VSHD aims to help stabilize global population by securing women’s freedom to choose their family size. Alisha is passionate about population stabilization being achievable within a human-rights framework and as an imperative for global sustainability. She believes that girls’ education and voluntary family planning are triple wins for women, development, and our planet.

Alisha is also Co-founder of the OASIS Initiative and lectures internationally on population and food security in the Sahel. OASIS is a project of the University of California, Berkeley and stands for Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel. Its mission is to build the evidence base and local leadership necessary to help overcome the most serious development challenges in the Sahel region of Africa. OASIS is focused on three “pillars” critical for the region: 1) educate and empower adolescent girls, 2) expand access to voluntary family planning, and 3) adapt agricultural practices to climate change.

Previously, Alisha worked for six years as Senior Program Manager for a nonprofit organization to improve access to misoprostol – a generic, essential medicine. In this role, she worked on policy initiatives, drug registration, and operations research across seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The aim of that work was to save women’s lives through preventing postpartum hemorrhage and unsafe abortion. Alisha completed her MPH in International Maternal and Child Health at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health in 2006, and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from The College of William and Mary. 

Title: 
Research Fellow, Summer 2015
Research Focus: 
Family Planning
Educating Girls
Specialties: 
maternal and child health, public health policy, international development, family planning
Email address: 
alisha.graves@drawdown.org
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João Pedro Gouveia

João Pedro Gouveia is an environmental engineer with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies focused on Sustainable Energy Systems, from NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. He also works there as a Research Associate at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE) targeting energy transitions, low carbon energy systems and related economic and policy analysis; on smart cities, energy efficiency topics, energy poverty and thermal comfort mapping and smart meters data mining.

He has worked in 5 European Union-funded research projects, and 9 nationally funded by Portuguese public and private authorities on various topics such as climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, sustainable city districts, energy efficiency measures in public buildings; national and cities’ energy systems' transitions toward low carbon economies; and integrated infrastructure project for CO2 transport and storage. João has also worked on policy support studies for the Portuguese Ministry of Environment and Economy on climate change, low carbon pathways, and renewable energy technology assessment.

João is author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications (h-index of 10) and international conference presentations. Prior to his PhD, he completed his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA University of Lisbon, where he also completed his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences.

Title: 
Senior Fellow, Energy Systems
Research Focus: 
Energy Demand Projections
Renewable Energy Infrastructure
Smart Meters
Energy Poverty
Energy Systems Modelling
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Specialties: 
environmental engineering, energy systems, energy policy
Email address: 
joao.gouveia@drawdown.org
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Anna Goldstein

Anna Goldstein is a science policy researcher with a passion for advancing clean energy technology. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She is a member of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy group, studying public funding and management of energy technology research and development.

Beyond her research, Anna seeks to advance public understanding of and participation in science. She co-founded a program called Letters to a Pre-Scientist that connects underprivileged middle school students with scientists as pen pals. In 2014, she taught a course titled “Solar Energy: Technology, Policy & Impact” at Mount Holyoke College.

Anna received her Ph.D. in 2014 in Chemistry with an emphasis in Nanoscale Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked to understand and improve nanomaterials for use in artificial photosynthesis and electrochemical energy storage. Her research shed new light on the crystal structures and formation mechanisms of various complex metal oxides and porous materials. She has an M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Title: 
Research Fellow, Summer and Fall 2015
Research Focus: 
Electric Vehicles
Solar PV
Fuel Efficiency
Specialties: 
renewable energy systems, transportation efficiency
Email address: 
anna.goldstein@drawdown.org
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Urmila Malvadkar

Urmila Malvadkar does research and modeling in the environmental sciences with an emphasis on water, conservation, and international development. Her passion is social and environmental justice: how to meet human needs as well as ecosystem needs. As an applied mathematician with a strong interest in effective social programs, she uses data analysis and modeling and to determine best practices, improve operations, and predict sustainability.

Urmila’s PhD work focused on ecological modeling, and since then her research has covered many environmental issues, including placement of dams and water intakes, managing populations under disturbance, water issues in the developing world, and the size of effective protected areas. She received her PhD in Applied and Computational Mathematics, with a focus on Mathematical Biology, from Princeton University. She also received her master's in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University, and received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University.

Title: 
Research Fellow, Summer and Fall 2015
Research Focus: 
Forest Protection
Afforestation
Wetland Management
Specialties: 
ecological modeling, water conservation, international development
Email address: 
urmila.malvadkar@drawdown.org
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Priyanka deSouza

Priyanka deSouza works as a consultant for the Division of Early Warning Assessment of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. She serves as part of the Air Quality Team, and is working on establishing an air quality monitoring network in Nairobi. Priyanka is also curating the development of an SDGIO (Sustainable Development Goals Interface Ontology) to clearly represent terminological information related to the Sustainable Development Goals, and supports the team putting UNEP’s GEO-6 report together by creating maps on ArcGIS for the different regional assessments.

Before working at UNEP, Priyanka worked with the energy consultancy Encraft, setting up a community-service energy company in the midlands of the UK. Priyanka also worked on a-Si solar cells at the University of Cambridge. She wrote her master’s thesis on photoelectrochemical cells, and has published articles and presented this work, as well as research on molecular thermoelectrics and the hydrocarbon sector of India. 

She holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, where her thesis examined land use change in India through the ecological indicator of Human Appropriation of Net Primary Productivity from 1700 to 2012. She has an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, as well as an MTech and BTech in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Title: 
2016 Research Fellow
Research Focus: 
Micro Wind
Solar Water
Specialties: 
air quality monitoring, ontology, GIS, photoelectrochemistry, thermoelectrics, land use change
Email address: 
priyanka.desouza@drawdown.org
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