Urban areas that are designed to shape and enable new mobility—by rethinking streets, parking, and more—can lower emissions, enhance health, and improve equity. Experimentation is key to best realize the potential of new mobility while avoiding negative and unintended consequences. Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) recent report, Cities Designed to…
Greg Rucks is a Principal in RMI’s Transportation Practice and is currently managing a multi-year partnership with the Austin community to develop and implement technology and world-class solutions for transforming mobility: enhancing transit information, offering a wider variety of cost-effective, convenient, and tech-enabled commuter options, enabling mobility-oriented land use and city development, and ultimately shifting from a fossil-fueled, personal-vehicle-based mobility system toward one defined by fully autonomous, electrified, on-demand mobility. With an eye on replicability, Greg is also helping scale solutions from Austin to other global cities, starting with Denver, which will also share leading edge solutions with Austin.
Since joining RMI in December 2010, Greg coauthored the transportation chapter of Reinventing Fire (a comprehensive roadmap for transitioning the U.S. off of coal and oil by 2050 and natural gas soon thereafter), led a commercialization effort focused on lightweight-vehicle design and development that has since been funded by the Department of Energy (RMI’s Autocomposites Project), and participated in initiatives and client-collaboration projects across RMI’s practice areas, including efficient-electric-vehicle design for a German automaker, a deep building retrofit for a national retail headquarters in New York, whole-system industrial process design for a European energy major, a comprehensive community greenhouse-gas reduction strategy for the City of Fort Collins, a cost-reduction strategy for installation of rooftop solar in the U.S., and economic deployment of distributed energy resources through his work with RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab).
Prior to joining RMI, Greg completed a CUSO-VSO volunteer placement in northern Ghana to improve agricultural yields and harvest efficiency among subsistence farmers. At Columbia University he teamed with the Earth Institute on an initiative to supply solar power and multi-use vehicles to a village in eastern Kenya. During Greg’s four-year tenure with The Boeing Company, he co-founded and led the 787 Optimization Center, a collaborative resource center and cross-functional engineering team delivering lightweight design solutions for the 787.
Bachelor of English Literature, Colorado College, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, 2004