Policy & Popcorn: “The Role of NGOs in Policy”

About the Session
The Union of Concerned Scientists combines rigorous technical analysis with effective advocacy to achieve solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. Founded 50 years ago by faculty and students at MIT, UCS has been working on clean vehicles in California for the last 25 years.

Come hear about a case study of their work: a landmark policy recently set by the California Air Resources Board requiring all transit buses sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2029. UCS was one of many groups contributing to this policy. Speakers will share what it’s like to work at the interface of science and policy and the future of clean vehicles in California.

About the Speakers
Don Anair is the Research and Deputy Director for the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mr. Anair is an engineer with expertise on fuels and transportation technology covering both light and heavy-duty vehicles. His work focuses on state and national transportation, air quality, and global warming policy. Mr. Anair holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University. As a member of Cornell’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers vehicle team, he helped design and manufacture an award winning alternative fuel race car.

Jimmy O’Dea is a Senior Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. O’Dea specializes in electric vehicle technology, policy, and life cycle emissions, with an emphasis on heavy-duty vehicles and automated vehicles. Dr. O’Dea’s experience includes over 10 years of scientific research investigating materials to improve hydrogen fuel cells. His experience spans local, state, and federal solutions to advance clean technologies. He previously worked on energy and climate policy for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii). He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.