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William Moomaw

Professor, International Environmental Policy, Tufts University


William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. He graduated from Williams College in 1959 and is a physical chemist with a PhD from MIT. He works to translate science and technology into policy terms using interdisciplinary tools.

His major publications are on climate change, energy policy, nitrogen pollution, forestry financing and management, and on theoretical topics such as the Environmental Kuznets Curve. He was a coordinating lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction and for the special report on renewable energy in 2010. He was a lead author of three other IPCC reports (1995, 2005, and 2007). The work of the IPCC was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

William currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Climate Group, Clean Air-Cool Planet (which he co-founded), Earthwatch Institute, and Center for Ecological Technologies while also serving on the Integrated Nitrogen Committee of the EPA Science Advisory board. He has facilitated sessions with negotiators of international treaties. He and his wife, Margot, have completed a highly efficient zero net energy home in Williamstown that uses no fossil fuels. It is one of a handful of such homes to be built in northern climate zones, and its performance is being monitored for performance for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.