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John Matson

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John Matson is a Writer/Editor at RMI.


John has more than 15 years of editorial experience across science journalism and technology content marketing. Prior to joining RMI, John spent five years at Datadog, a monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. He joined Datadog as a member of a nascent two-person writing team, producing deep-dive guides to complex technologies. Later, he ran and scaled the writing team while overseeing a growing video team as well. Previously, he worked at Mortar Data, a high-scale data analytics startup that was acquired by Datadog in 2015.

Before joining the software industry, John held a variety of staff positions at Scientific American magazine, including several years as a reporter and associate editor covering the space and physics beats.

Education & Awards

B.A., Mathematics, Pomona College
M.A., Journalism, New York University


Grass Valley, CA

Authored Works

Industry Leaders Rally around Pathways for Decarbonization

We are in a race against time to decarbonize the global economy and preserve a stable, livable climate. Avoiding the worst outcomes of global warming will take an all-out effort by all of society—from policymakers to business leaders to civic institutions to the general public. In the approach…


How the California Grid Can Become More Resilient to Wildfire

As the Bootleg Fire in Oregon continues to burn, the impacts of the largest US wildfire of 2021 have been felt well beyond the state’s border. Not only have the Bootleg Fire and other active fires blanketed skies with smoke as far away as New York City, but the…


Why High-Efficiency Cooling Is a Climate Priority

The world leaders of the Group of Seven, better known as G7, released a long communique following their recent meeting in Cornwall, detailing their plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and “build back better.” In a departure from the previous G7 meeting in 2019, which ended with a…

view of a tiny house

Passive Cooling in a Tiny House

As the world warms and the demand for cooling increases, many homes will require an “all of the above” approach to keep cool without further contributing to global warming. That can include high-performance cooling systems that use climate-friendly coolants and consume relatively little energy, as well as building…


Why Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Feature Prominently in Biden’s Plans

The White House on May 17 announced a slate of new programs aimed at integrating US buildings into the clean energy economy. The initiatives include electrification programs for existing homes, workforce training for next-generation jobs in the buildings sector, and efforts to increase the adoption of efficient electric heat…