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Bruce Nilles

Managing Director
  • Breakthrough

Bruce is focused on replacing the remaining US coal fleet with clean energy and launching a major new initiative around building electrification – replacing fossil fuel burning in 70 million U.S. buildings, efficiently.

BACKGROUND 
For the past 15 years Bruce helped design, build and lead the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.  This Campaign played an important role in helping stop the construction of nearly 200 proposed coal plants and secure the retirement of more than one half of the existing US coal fleet.  Previously he has worked as a trial lawyer at Earthjustice and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.

EDUCATION & AWARDS
Bruce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees.  He was recently awarded the Climate Breakthrough Award, a $2 million grant to launch the building electrification initiative. In 2015 he was recognized by Politico as one of the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.  At the Justice Department he received the highest award for staff with less than five years of service – for his work to file and settle the first federal cases addressing childhood lead-poisoning in rental housing.

WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PROUD ABOUT WORKING AT RMI?
Helping partners in all corners of the US make a difference in their communities.

LOCATION
Oakland

TWITTER HANDLE
@brucenilles

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