James E. “Jim” McMahon
Trained as a chemist/biophysicist, James E. “Jim” McMahon engaged in multi-disciplinary energy policy analysis for over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He remains an Affiliate at LBNL and at the University of California, Berkeley, Energy Resources Group, where he advises faculty and students, and occasionally is a guest lecturer on energy and water efficiency, climate mitigation, and public policy. Jim is an active independent consultant in California, the USA and internationally, and is a regular contributor (author, program committee, and one-time co-chair) to such conferences as ACEEE (co-chair in 2000) and ECEEE Summer Studies on Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC); Alliance to Save Energy’s (Energy Efficiency) EE Global; and Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL). In 2011-2014, he participated in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group 3 (Mitigation) as co-author of a new chapter Human Settlements, Spatial Planning, and Infrastructure.
“The greatest opportunities for innovation are at the boundaries between disciplines – the dynamic intertidal zones – where diverse partners can mutually learn from each other and collaborate on better approaches to sustainability.”