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Marilyn A. Brown

American geographer

1949   -  

educated at: Ohio State University, Rutgers University, University of Massachusetts
occupation: geographer

Marilyn A. Brown is an American geographer and a Regents' and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after 22 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she held various leadership positions managing programs focused on the efficient use of energy, renewable energy, and the electric grid. With Eric Hirst, she coined the term "energy efficiency gap" and pioneered research to highlight and quantify the unexploited economic potential to use energy more productively. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Mitigation of Climate Change, Chapter 6. From 2010–2018 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to terms on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. During her 8 years as a regulator, TVA reduced its CO2 emissions by 50%, brought a new nuclear reactor on line, and modeled energy efficiency as a virtual power plant in its integrated resource planning. At Georgia Tech, Brown leads the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory and co-directs the Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management in the School of Public Policy. These initiatives focus on clean energy policies, trends in the U.S. South, and the smart grid, and they span the triad of climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and geo-engineering. CEPL is distinct in its analysis of climate change and energy policies using the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS). Brown co-founded the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance and chaired its first board of directors. She has served on the boards of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. She co-chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on America's Climate Futures and served on has served on seven other NASEM committees, is an Editor of Energy Policy, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Energy Efficiency and Energy Research and Social Science. She served on the Electricity Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Energy from 2015–2018) and chaired its Smart Grid Subcommittee.
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