The United States has committed to reduce carbon pollution to at least 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. This newly ambitious nationally determined contribution (NDC) recognizes the urgency for immediate action to reduce cumulative pollution and stabilize the climate. The NDC…
Zack is a Senior Associate in RMI’s US Program where he is working to provide actionable information to state and local policymakers and advocates working to accelerate climate action. He is working with RMI’s America’s Pledge team to ensure the United States achieves the country’s original commitments for the Paris climate Agreement, and is on a path to exceed these original commitments by reducing emissions consistent with a 1.5°C global temperature limit.
Zack joined RMI after four years at Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), where he helped lead the “PATHWAYS” modeling team in developing economy-wide scenarios to achieve deep decarbonization goals. His clients included state agencies and electric utilities. Zack’s work helped highlight the importance of building electrification to California policymakers.
Prior to E3, Zack was a student and postdoctoral researcher investigating terrestrial ecosystem feedbacks to climate change in earth system models at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton.
Zack also brings firsthand experience as a local climate advocate to his RMI work: he volunteers with Bay Area organizations building public understanding of and support for combined action to address housing and climate challenges.
PhD, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley
MPP, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
AB, Physics and Math, Harvard University