Aviation is essential. It connects cultures. And prior to 2020, it supported over 65 million jobs, generating almost $3 trillion in global economic activity each year. But by 2050, if the industry returns to pre-2020 levels, aviation industry emissions could grow to 20 percent of the 1.5° C carbon budget.
Adam leads the institute’s sustainable aviation team. He leverages market-based approaches to scale aviation carbon reduction including pioneering new ways for airports to help finance sustainable jet fuel.
Adam has more than 13 years of experience developing sustainability solutions. Before RMI/CWR he headed sustainable aviation for ICF International advancing sustainability for U.S. airports. While at ICF Adam served as a representative to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Working Group. He served as principal investigator producing a tool for the National Academies Airport Cooperative Research Program to improve airport resiliency to climate change. Prior to ICF, Adam led the FAA high performance sustainable building team for 80 NextGEN navigation facilities, and also supported agency-wide energy efficiency strategy for the office of Environment and Energy (AEE). He began his federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow for the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center. Adam has also consulted for IDEO Inc. designing electric vehicle prototypes.
MPA, Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University
BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
U.S. Department of Transportation Sustainability Leader 2012
Federal Executive Board for Innovation and Creativity 2011
Kinship Conservation Fellow 2011
Presidential Management Fellow 2004–2006
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP
Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)