||Marilyn A. Brown
Professor, School of Public Policy
Brook Byers Chaired Professor of Sustainable Systems
Director, Tennessee Valley Authority (Appointed by President Barack Obama)
Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
School of Public Policy
Director of Sustainability in the Enterprise Innovation Institute
Fellow in Georgia Tech’s Sloan Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies
and the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Geography, Minor in Qualitative Methods. 1977
Joined faculty in
Research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, the integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and solar resources, and ways of improving resiliency to disruptions.
"Brook Byers Chaired Professor, Institute of Sustainable Systems, 2014-2018.
“Who’s Who in Sustainability”, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2013.
“Ambassador for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E),” designated by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2012 and announced at the first Clean Energy Ministerial in London.
Presidential Appointment: Board of Directors, Tennessee Valley Authority, 2010-2012. Re-appointed in 2013, for a second term through 2017.
Southface Award of Excellence “In recognition of exemplary leadership and a lifetime of advocacy for energy efficiency.”
Ivan-Allen College Professor, 2008-Present.
Co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, 2007, for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III Assessment Report on Mitigation of Climate Change, Chapter 6.
Served on seven committees, panels, and boards of the National Academy of Sciences:
• Committee on Urban Sustainability, 2015-2016.
• Board of Energy and Environmental Systems, 2006-2012
• Panel on Redesigning the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys of the Energy Information Administration, 2010-2012
• America’s Climate Choices, 2008-2011
• Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change Panel (Co-chair), 2008-2011
• America’s Energy Choices: Energy Efficiency, 2007-2009
• Alternatives to the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, 2004-2007.
Member, Advisory Committee, DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Industrial Technologies Program, 2008-2009.
Elected to the Policy Council, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 2006-2009.
Appointed, National Commission on Energy Policy, 2002-2009, http://www.energycommission.org
Anderson Medal of Applied Geography, Association of American Geographers, 2003, and 2008 Anderson Medal distinguished lecture, http://agsg.binghamton.edu/aag2008brown1.pdf
U. S. Department of Energy Awards: (1) DOE Research Partnership Award, presented to the Superconductivity Program for Electric Systems, 3M Coated Conductor Development Project, 2001; and (2) Letter of commendation from Energy Secretary Hazel R. O’Leary for publication of “Weatherization Works,” December 1993.
“Champion of Energy Efficiency,” American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 1998.
Special Government Employee and Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, 1996-2000. Also participated as a number of EPA Review Panels and Subcommittees, 1995-2001.
Awards from Oak Ridge National Laboratory: (1) co-leading the five-laboratory study titled “Scenarios of U.S. Carbon Reductions,” November 1997, (2) leading the “National Evaluation of DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program,” July 1993; (3) ORNL Citation for Research Excellence in 1989; (4) Significant Event Award in 1997 for the study “Technology Opportunities to Reduce U.S.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” (http://www.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2003/rpt/110512.pdf), and (5) Small Business Program Advocate Award 2002.
Corporate Honoree, YWCA Tribute to Women, 1994.
Award for Distinguished Contribution to “Science Management and Policy Implementation,"" American Women in Science, May 1992.
Elected National Councilor of the Association of American Geographers, a 9,000-member organization, 1988-91 (www.aag.org).
Gold Medal Award issued by the Technology Transfer Society for the best paper published in the 1989-1990 Journal of Technology Transfer. Best Paper Award, The 12th Annual Meeting & International Symposium of the Technology Transfer Society, 1987.
National Science Foundation: (1) Review Panel Member, Geography and Regional Science Division, 1984-86, and (2) received two grants for research on energy innovation.
C. C. Huntington Memorial Award, 1976, an award made periodically by The Ohio State University, Department of Geography to ""outstanding graduate students."
University Fellow, The Ohio State University, 1973-77
Behaviorally Based Policies for Better Buildings
IGERT Nanostructured Materials
Southface Advocacy Capacity Program Concept
Development of Collaborative Research Programs
Future of Electric Power in the South
Brook Byers Professorship
U.S. Climate Mitigation Policies
Current and recent projects
PI, 2014-2015, Strategic Energy Institute, “Future of the Electric Grid in the Southeast”.
PI, 2013, Southface Institute and Energy Foundation, “Expanded Capacity for Modeling Energy Efficiency in the Southeast”.
U.S. Department of Energy support as Review editor of the report by the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2014: Mitigation.
Co-PI with Elsa Reichmanis, 2011-2015. National Science Foundation. Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) award to enhance multidisciplinary training in the skills required for conducting research in energy science, technology and policy, with a focus on Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion.
PI, 2011-2013, U.S. Department of Energy, “Behaviorally Based Policies for Better Buildings”. This project evaluates the relative merits of 4-6 policy options, using the National Energy Modeling System in conjunction with spreadsheet analysis. Cost-benefit analysis will use social and private-sector perspectives, considering the value of criteria pollution reduction as well as the social cost of carbon, and including sensitivity analysis.
PI, 2010-2011, Evaluation of Southeast Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.
PI, 2009-2011, U.S. Department of Energy, “Behavioral Research on the Design of Federal Policies to Promote Energy-Efficient Industrial Practices”.
PI, 2010-2012, “Southeast Industrial Energy Alliance,” GA Environmental Facilities Authority.
PI, 2010-2012, “Technical Support for Eastern Interconnection Demand-side Resource Assessment”.
PI, 2009-2010, U.S. Department of Energy, “Behavioral Research on the Design of Federal Policies to Promote Energy-Efficient Homes”.
PI, 2010-2012, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Core University Liaison”.
PI, 2009-2011, Energy, Turner and Kresge Foundations, “Integrated Analysis of the Cost and Availability of Supply- and Demand-Side Electricity Resources in the Southeast”.
Co-PI with Jan Youtie, 2008-2009. Georgia Board of Regents, Energy and Environmental Workforce: Supply and Demand in Georgia, $20,000.
PI, 2007-2008, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and Appalachian Regional Commission, Potential for Energy Efficiency Improvements in the Appalachian Region, $70,000, August 2007 – December 2008
Co-PI with Susan Cozzens, National Science Foundation, Models of International Research Collaboration, National Science Foundation, (2008 – 2010).
Co-PI with Susan Cozzens, “Basic Research in Energy Science,” sub-award from the European Techno-economic Support Network on project for the European Commission, August 2006 – March 2007
PI, 2007-2008, Brookings Institution, Shrinking the Carbon Footprint of Metropolitan America.
PI, 2007-2008, Sloan Center grant, Potential Impacts of Energy and Climate Policies on the U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry.
PI, 2007, European Commission, Basic Research and Innovative Science for Energy ($10,000).
PI, 2006-2008, U.S. Department of Energy, Development of a National Strategy for the Deployment of Greenhouse Gas-Reducing Technologies.
PI and Vice-Chair, 2006, U.S. Government Review of the Second Order Draft IPCC Report: Climate Change 2007: Mitigation.
PI, 2005-2006, U.S. Department of Energy, R&D Portfolio Review of the Multi-agency Climate Change Technology Program.
PI, Pew Center on Global Climate Change. 2004. Towards a Climate Friendly Built Environment.
Recent and selected publications
Green Savings: How Policy and Markets Drive Energy Efficiency by M.A. Brown and Yu Wang, 85,000 words. Praeger, Forthcoming, 2015.
Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions by B. K. Sovacool, M.A. Brown, and S. Valentine, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
Smith, Alexander and Marilyn A. Brown. 2015. “Demand Response: A Carbon Neutral Resource?” Energy 85 (2015) 10-22.
Brown, Marilyn A., Benjamin Staver, Alexander M. Smith, and John Sibley. 2015. Alternative Business Models for Energy Efficiency: Emerging Trends in the Southeast, The Electricity Journal, 2015, 28 (4): 103-117.
Sun, Xiaojing, Marilyn A. Brown, Matt Cox, and Roderick Jackson. 2015. Mandating Better Buildings: A Global Review of Building Codes and Prospects for Improvement in the United States,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Energy and Environment, doi: 10.1002/wene.168.
Baer, Paul, Marilyn A. Brown, and Gyungwon Kim. 2015. “The Job Generation Impacts of Expanding Industrial Cogeneration,” Ecological Economics, 110 (2015) 141–153.
Brown, Marilyn A. 2015. “Innovative Energy-Efficiency Policies: An International Review,” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Energy and Environment. 2015, 4: 1–25.
Wang, Yu and Marilyn A. Brown. 2014. “Policy Drivers for Improving Electricity End-Use Efficiency in the U.S.: An Economic-Engineering Analysis”. Energy Efficiency, 7(3): 517-546.
Pasqualetti, Martin J. and Marilyn A. Brown. 2014. “Ancient Discipline, Modern Concern: Geographers in the Field of Energy and Society,” Energy Research and Social Science, 1(1): 122–133.
Smith, Alexander and Marilyn A. Brown. 2014. ""Policy Considerations for Adapting Power Systems to Climate Change"" The Electricity Journal, 27(9): 112-125.
Brown, Marilyn A., Yu Wang, Benjamin K. Sovacool, and Anthony Louis D‘Agostino. 2014. Forty Years of Energy Security Trends: A Comparative Assessment of 22 Industrialized Countries, Energy Research and Social Science, 4: 64-77.
Brown, Marilyn A. 2014. “Enhancing Efficiency and Renewables With Smart Grid Technologies and Policies,” Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, 58: 21-33.
RTI International, Design and Evaluation of Demand-Side Management Programs in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2008 - 2009.
GE-Energy Services, GE Energy Certificate Program in Business Management of Energy Technologies, 2008.
Co-Founder and Chair, Board of Directors, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (www.seea.org), 2006-2009.
Commissioner, National Commission on Energy Policy, 2002-2009.