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The Alternative Energy Futu...

The Alternative Energy Future – Committee

Project Co-Chairs

Granger Morgan
Carnegie Mellon University

Maxine L. Savitz
Honeywell, Inc. (ret.)

Robert W. Fri † (2010–2014)
Resources for the Future

Steering Committee

  • Stephen Ansolabehere
    Harvard University
  • Douglas Arent
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Ann Carlson
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Thomas Dietz
    Michigan State University
  • Steven E. Koonin
    New York University;
    formerly, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Richard Newell
    Duke University
  • Robert Socolow
    Princeton University
  • Michael Vandenbergh
    Vanderbilt Law School

Project Staff

  • John Randell
  • Keerthi Shetty
  • Alison Leaf
  • Shalin Jyotishi
  • Deceased

American Academy Forum on Energy and Social Science

The Academy has established a standing group of senior business executives, government advisors, and university and foundation representatives to identify and act on new opportunities to integrate the social and behavioral sciences into the development of U.S. energy policy.

Forum Members

  • Jared Cohon
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Billy M. Glover
    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Robert Hauser
    National Research Council
  • Chad Holliday, Jr.
    Bank of America
  • Barbara Kates-Garnick
    Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Kathryn J. Jackson
    Westinghouse Corporation
  • Steven Koonin
    New York University
  • David Krieger
    Warburg Pincus
  • Scott Tinker
    University of Texas, Austin


To meet growing energy demands and the parallel challenge of confronting climate change, society must embrace and implement new technologies. The Alternative Energy Future project examines how to facilitate the adoption of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies using knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences.

In the News

Energy Research & Social Science
Huffington Post

Highlighted Activities

Project co-chairs Maxine L. Savitz and Robert W. Fri discuss the Alternative Energy Future project at a briefing on Academy research projects and studies, October 2013

Watch Project Chair Robert W. Fri deliver introductory remarks about The Alternative Energy Future project at The National Press Club, April 25, 2012, Washington, D.C.

View the full briefing.

Featured Publication

Beyond Technology: Strengthening Energy Policy through Social Science presents an agenda for social-science research on energy and recommends five strategies for enhancing collaboration between social scientists and policy-makers.

Beyond Technology was cited at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Quadrennial Technology Review as evidence of the importance of applying social science expertise to the design of energy technologies and policies.

Download the report.

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