Clay Stranger

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As Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist at RMI, Clay oversees research, communications, and diverse engagements both within and outside RMI. Clay also serves as Project Manager for Reinventing Fire: China, a partnership with the Chinese government to examine the maximum feasible share of renewables and efficiency technology in the Chinese energy economy through 2050. The project’s aim is to develop a transparent, adjustable, and enduring model to inform China’s energy future. Clay has worked on energy strategy in more than a dozen countries.


Prior to joining RMI, Clay worked in viticulture, marketing, and social-business incubation. As a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, he has led expeditions in the Sierra Nevada, Himalaya, and Rocky Mountains.


BA in Ecology and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz
MBA, Bainbridge Graduate Institute


Basalt, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

Capturing India’s Mobility Opportunity: RMI’s Urban Mobility Lab

Walking on the Tilak Road in Pune, one of the busiest streets in the ninth-largest metropolis of India, we were engulfed by diesel exhaust. An otherwise beautiful day was clouded by thick smoke from the tailpipe of a city bus, adding to the already polluted air. Young children crossed the…

Outlet Blog Post

Can Efficiency Save Chinese Cities from Airmageddon?

China is facing pollution challenges today similar to what Los Angeles faced during the 1980s. In northern China, children are forced to stay indoors and home from school during peak smog events. What can be done about “airmageddon”


Reinventing Fire: China Launch Recap

This document recaps the launch of the Reinventing Fire: China project. Identifying the enthusiasm and interest among China’s energy leaders. Leaders include the Deputy Director of ERI, a representative from the World Bank, and others. Two major themes that emerged are: China must have an inspirational and aspirational vision to…