Greenovate and the Environment Department are excited to welcome our newest addition to the Climate Action Plan team — the Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, Alison Brizius.
I’m excited to join the Environment Department as the new Director of Climate and Environmental Planning for the City of Boston. My work here includes management of the Environment Department’s work on climate adaptation and resilience, greenhouse gas reduction, air and noise pollution, wetlands protection, parking freezes, and solid waste. I’m already impressed with energy, skill, and commitment of the Greenovate team — which is good, because there are plenty of interesting and important projects to dive into!
For the past six years, I was the Executive Director of the Center for Robust Decision making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) at the University of Chicago, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary center founded to improve society’s ability to respond to climate change and energy supply challenges. The Center’s research is focused on improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies, and making robust decisions based on outcomes. Prior to joining RDCEP, I was the policy and special projects manager for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST). There, I led a broad range of activities designed to increase public understanding of science policy issues of national importance.
I received my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 2011, when I helped design, construct, test, and analyze data from a microwave telescope and detector array based at the Chajnantor Observatory in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This experiment (QUIET for short) was designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation — the characteristics of which have the potential to elucidate the structure and evolution of the early universe. I received my B.S. in Physics from Stanford University, and my M.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
Today, I’m delighted to make Boston my new home, and look forward to the important work we will do together. Please reach out with questions or suggestions — or be sure to say hi at the next Greenovate event!