A Senior Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Evan Mills is widely known for pinpointing “sleeper” uses of energy and opportunities for addressing climate change, while empowering nontraditional market actors to capture improved efficiencies, resilience, and other non-energy benefits.
He is a leading authority on the role of global warming in the rapid growth of weather-related insurance claims, a theme he put on the map with an article in Science in 2005. He is a coauthor of Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, a definitive government report published in 2009, and he has contributed since the late 1990s to the work of the International Panel on Climate Change.
Mills has led Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s Center for Building Science and co-founded its Applications Team, which deploys state-of-the-art energy efficiency strategies in real-world contexts.
He pioneered the field of interactive internet-based energy analysis tools, and he created one of the earliest web sites on energy efficiency and the first web-based home energy calculator. With more than 10 million visitors as of 2017, fully one-third of those surveyed after using the site said they had taken action to save energy as a result.
Mills has contributed to ten books and published more than 300 reports and articles, with bylines in Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Technology Review, and The Washington Post as well as in the scientific press. He authored From the Lab to the Marketplace, a much-requested report making the case for energy-efficiency research and development, and he has garnered extensive media coverage, both news stories and features, for his work.
He consults widely for both private industry and the public sector. Clients include the California Air Resources Board, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He served as a technical and interpretive advisor for the Energy Pavilion at Disney's Epcot Center, and he was a member of the core analysis team in the “Greening the U. S. Capitol” project, developing a plan to make major Congressional facilities and operations carbon-neutral.
Mills speaks on a wide range of topics, including the challenges posed to the insurance industry by extreme weather events resulting from climate change and how the industry is greening its products and services. He also speaks on energy efficiency, greening the real estate appraisal process, innovations in energy access for the billion-plus people in the developing world who don’t have electricity, taming the energy use of gaming computers, and trimming the stunning carbon footprint of indoor cannabis production.
A video interview, speaking testimonials, and a selection of audio interviews are available here. To explore engaging Evan Mills as a speaker, contact him here. For the most up-to-date information about Evan, visit his website.
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