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Clay Stranger



  • India
  • Office of the Chief Scientist

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


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Authored Blog Posts

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”