Senior Energy Economist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Ashok Gupta is Senior Energy Economist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment with 1.2 million members, where he works with his colleagues on global warming policies, electric utility regulation, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence. He was previously Director of Programs at NRDC as well as the Director of the Air/Energy Program. He has been with NRDC since 1991.
Mr. Gupta served as NRDC’s representative on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Energy Policy Task Force. He received the US Green Building Council’s 2007 Leadership Award for Advocacy, the Environmental Steward Award from Solar One in 2006, the Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2003, and the Environmental Advocates’ 2001 Advocate Award for leadership in support of clean air and energy. Mr. Gupta also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, Building Energy Exchange, PACE Now, and Bridging the Gap.
Mr. Gupta has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University.