The Honorable Claudine Schneider
Since 1989, solving the climate crisis has been part of my DNA, from briefing Margaret Thatcher and leading a BBC climate film with Prince Charles; to introducing the nation’s first and only revenue-neutral climate bill; to the present moment working with two remarkable climate-related start-ups. I have served in policy, executive and consulting roles and am committed to solving this challenge!
AWARDS & HONORS
Received an Emmy Award for initiating and co-producing “Capital to Capital” on ABC - a five-part series, bridging U.S. & Soviet relations.
Rensselaer Polytechnic: Honorary Doctorate for my energy efficiency leadership
EPA: Nominated as Global Climate Leader
Science Hall of Fame: Ranked #387 (of 4,000-plus) for my cultural footprint by weighing scientific impact
Climate Institute: First Award Recipient
Solar Energy Industries Association: Sunny Solar Award
American Wind Energy Association: Leadership Award
Taught Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School
Co-Authored “Greenhouse Glasnost” with Robert Redford
Contributed to “The Planetary Interest,” Oxford University Press
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President - Energia Global
An international energy efficiency/renewable energy company, with a joint venture in Costa Rica. Designed a successful market strategy; raised the capital; interfaced with the Inter-American Development Bank; and helped meet the ten-year exit strategy successfully. The intent was to demonstrate that addressing climate provided economic opportunities for workers, investors and founders.
Climate Mitigation Business Professional & Consultant
Sr. Vice President of Econergy
President of the Solar Alliance, a state-focused trade association committed to expanding PV by accelerating statewide policies essential for market penetration. Identified ”winnable” state markets; met with governors; testified before state legislatures to advocate for the necessary policies; represented 30 of the world’s largest solar manufacturers; and introduced NARUC to the costs and benefits of solar. We succeeded in advancing PV solar into 10 states.
Advised (the U.K.) National Grid Board, one of the largest and (now) most progressive utilities in the world.
Advised the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on forecasting and on key issues for the coming decade.
Advised Phytonix Corporation, which uses microorganisms to mitigate greenhouse gasses and to produce advanced biofuels.
Developed a strategy to expand certification for “Green Builders” (carpenters, plumbers, etc.) by partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges and then developing a statewide pilot project with community colleges and conducting a webinar for Governors’ Offices on how to integrate such certifications into their own states.
Air Force: conducted a futures scenario planning session with the regional joint chiefs of the U.S. Air Force
Served as Regional Judge for the Clean Tech Open, which runs the world’s largest competition for clean tech entrepreneurs.
Served on the Board of Mohawk Fine Papers as a Sustainability Guide, assisting them to minimize water and timber usage in their manufacturing.
Wilder Hill New Energy Global Innovation Index Fund: The first global renewable energy Index Fund. Co-Chair - Oversight
Niskanen Center: a D.C.-based Think Tank
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Oxfam: Planetary Ambassador