Senior Research Scientist, Carbon Free Boston
- PhD, Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
BA, Chemistry, Colby College
Michael Jay Walsh is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Energy. In this role he is the technical lead for the Carbon Free Boston Initiative, which aims to inform the City of Boston’s decarbonization efforts as it works to achieve net zero/carbon-free status by 2050. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the City of Boston have engaged the Institute to build technical models of the buildings, electric power, transportation, and waste sectors that quantify the most effective combination of technology and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in each sector. The results of this modeling will be released in a stand-alone Carbon Free Boston report and will inform portions of the City’s 2018 Climate Action Plan Update.
Michael holds a B.A in Chemistry from Colby College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Environmental Engineering. His doctoral work focused on metal detoxification mechanisms in marine algae. During his time at Cornell he severed on the University’s President’s Climate Commitment and Sustainable Campus Committees. In 2008 he was elected by student body to serve on Cornell’s Board of Trustees. For his work in climate action at Cornell, he received the university’s Distinguished Student Volunteer Award, an honorable mention as an Emerging Public Policy Leader from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the N.G. Kaul Award from the New York Water Environment Association.
Prior to joining the ISE Michael was a Energy and Sustainable Technologies Fellow at Bentley University. In this role he lead the financial, economic and innovation road mapping for a US Department of Energy-funded project to develop novel technologies that seek to meet emerging challenges at the food-energy-water-climate nexus. At Bentley he won an Innovation in Teaching Award for teaching students how to develop their own climate change models.