Shanna Cleveland is a Director at Ceres where she leads the work on the Carbon Asset Risk team. Ceres collaborates with the Carbon Tracker Initiative and the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change to prevent shareholder capital from being wasted on developing high-carbon, high-cost fossil fuel reserves that cannot be burned if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change and drive fossil fuel companies to acknowledge and plan for the escalating physical impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, stronger storms and more severe droughts. Recent studies have confirmed that achieving the international goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius will require leaving significant quantities of fossil fuel reserves in the ground, yet none of the major fossil fuel companies have taken steps to adequately quantify and disclose the enormous risks of continuing to invest capital in this unburnable carbon.
Prior to joining Ceres, Shanna led successful advocacy initiatives as a Senior Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation. Her work focused on reducing reliance on fossil fuels and increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Shanna’s work included reaching a landmark settlement agreement with a developer of a proposed natural gas power plant to limit and phase out greenhouse gas emissions from the facility, a first-of-its-kind decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding compensation for reliability, and a nationally recognized analysis of the impacts of and policy options for reducing fugitive emissions from the natural gas distribution system. Shanna has almost a decade of experience working with the utility, coal and natural gas industries.
Shanna earned her law degree at the University of Virginia where she served as an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review, an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude, and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude.