Ben brings an extensive background in local government sustainability and climate action planning. As President of EcoDataLab, Ben has led development of EcoDataLab’s consumption-based emissions inventories for clients across the country. He also leads development on EcoDataLab’s software tools, including the EcoDataLab Dashboard. A former legislative aide and City Council candidate, Ben uniquely understands the challenges, constraints, and urgency of local action on climate change.
Prior to EcoDataLab, Ben worked for San Francisco International Airport, the International Council for Clean Transportation, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ben earned his Master of Public Policy and MS in Environmental Engineering degrees from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Chris Jones, Director of the CoolClimate Network at UC Berkeley, is a leading expert in the fields of carbon footprint analysis, regional climate policy, and the design of behavior-based programs. For the past 15 years, he has led research efforts on carbon footprint calculators for individuals, businesses, and cities. He pioneered the first-ever personal carbon footprint calculator, using a "consumption-based" approach to account for the greenhouse gas emissions of all transportation, energy, food, goods and services purchased by households. In addition, Chris has overseen five statewide behavior change campaigns engaging tens of thousands of participants, and he has served 11 years as the Program Chair of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference. His research informs community and state-level climate policy and is widely cited in academic and popular publications.
As Chief Science Officer for EcoDataLab, Chris oversees research efforts and provides expertise in EcoDataLab's areas of work. Chris earned his PhD and MS in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as his MA in Latin American Studies.
Kristin is an experienced spatial data scientist with professional training in city and regional planning. She has worked with a variety of municipal agencies across the United States on projects to create more equitable and resilient transportation, housing, and climate adaptation systems. As the Climate & Sustainability Associate, she supports EcoDataLab’s wide range of environmental policy and consumption-based emissions analysis projects.
Kristin is the former data analyst for United Way Bay Area’s 2020 Census Outreach Initiative and also has a background in healthcare consulting. Kristin earned Master of City Planning and Master of Urban Spatial Analytics degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley.