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Bruce Nilles

Managing Director
  • Building Electrification

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 US 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 worked as a trial lawyer at Earthjustice and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Bruce 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.

EDUCATION & AWARDS

B.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin

J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

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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