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Dr. Michael Gillenwater co-founded the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, and serves as its Dean and Executive Director. The Institute is a nonprofit organization with a unique mission to train and develop a global community of experts with the highest standards of professional practice in measuring, accounting, auditing and managing greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond guiding the Institute's strategy and programming, Michael also directs the Institute's curriculum development and educational initiatives.


Michael is a leading expert on greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV), carbon offsets, and renewable energy markets. Michael has dedicated his career to the development of the policies and infrastructure needed to produce highly credible environmental information that can serve as the basis of market and other compliance mechanisms.


Michael has worked on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change policy since 1995. He is a lead author of several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, whose work was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize, and is on several United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expert rosters. For the UNFCCC, he developed and teaches the courses that certify experts to serve on compliance review teams under the Kyoto Protocol and supports both the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board and the Joint Implementation Steering Committee as a methodology expert. He is also a core advisor to World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development on the revised edition of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Michael has taught courses on GHG management at Princeton and the Harvard University Extension School.


Michael co-developed the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Program within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Michael’s work at EPA concentrated on development of national systems for producing high quality greenhouse gas emission inventories and on designing the international compliance process under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. He was lead author of the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks reports published from 1997 through 2003. Michael’s work at EPA concentrated on development of national systems for producing high quality GHG emission inventories and on designing and negotiating the international compliance review process under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol.


He is widely published, with articles in Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Finance, Nature Reports Climate Change, and ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of Carbon Management, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Taylor & Francis. Frequently interviewed by the media as an expert, he has been quoted by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Mother Jones magazine, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, and USA Today.


Previously, Michael founded the non-profit Greenhouse Gas Experts Network and was Director of the EcoRegistry® Program at Environmental Resources Trust. Prior to joining ERT, Michael was first with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation and then EPA’s Clean Air Markets Division. He has also worked for Sandia National Laboratories and ICF Consulting’s Global Environmental Issues Group.


Michael’s doctorate is from Princeton University’s Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program (STEP) within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research is focused on renewable energy and emission markets, as well as measurement, reporting and verification issues with climate change policies. Critically, his research proved that most of the voluntary green power purchasing claims by business and residential consumers are (unintentionally) deceptive.


He has a masters from the University of Sussex in Evolutionary Adaptive Systems, where he was a William J. Fulbright Scholar. He has two additional masters degrees from MIT in environmental engineering and “Technology and Policy,” as well as a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.


Michael is married to Bindiya Patel, who is a Deputy Director for Public Health at PATH. They have two daughters, Keya Patel Gillenwater and Cimeren Patel Gillenwater and happily relocated from Washington, D.C. to beautiful Seattle, WA.