At RMI Adam cofounded the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) with the Environmental Defense Fund. He was the chief architect of the sustainable aviation fuel certificate (SAFc) concept, a first-of-its-kind market instrument to address scope 3 (indirect) emissions in the supply chain. The SAFc project is a collaboration between RMI, the World Economic Forum, and PwC under the Clean Skies for Tomorrow Program, with contributions from stakeholders across the air transport value chain.
Before RMI, Adam headed sustainable aviation for ICF and served as a representative to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Working Group. He has served as principal investigator for four National Academies Airport Cooperative Research Program projects on sustainability. Prior to ICF, Adam led the FAA’s high-performance sustainable building team for 80 Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) navigation facilities. He began his federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow for the US Department of Transportation Volpe Center. Adam has also consulted for IDEO Inc. designing electric vehicle prototypes.
MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
US Department of Transportation Sustainability Leader 2012
Federal Executive Board for Innovation and Creativity 2011
Kinship Conservation Fellow