Senior Vice President, Climate and Energy
Areas of expertise: Corporate partnerships, business and the environment, renewable energy and energy efficiency, short-lived climate pollutants, EDF Climate Corps
Gwen Ruta is Senior Vice President of Climate and Energy at Environmental Defense Fund, leading initiatives to turn the corner on climate change. EDF's team of over 100 scientists, attorneys, economists and policy analysts is focusing on the largest opportunities to reverse the rise of emissions, and on designing markets and policies that align national priorities with carbon reduction, turning the engines of prosperity toward a stable climate.
There is huge potential for clean energy in the U.S., but to unleash it we must transform the century old electricity system. EDF is helping to rewrite outdated utility regulations and spur competition to turn the electric grid into a clean, intelligent network. At the same time, we are working to reduce climate and air pollution from existing power plants.
Meanwhile, we're also working to cut emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, which are causing a quarter of the warming that we will experience in our lifetime. Our focus in on methane from oil and gas operations, where through partnerships and policy advocacy we're reducing methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain.
And because tropical deforestation causes about 15% of the world's greenhouse gas pollution, EDF is building on a quarter century of experience in Brazil to make that country a catalyst for broader deforestation throughout the Amazon.
Previously, Ms. Ruta was Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at EDF. There, she spearheaded EDF's work with multinational companies to accelerate environmental innovation in business products, services and operations. Ranked #1 for effective environmental partnerships by the Financial Times, Ms. Ruta's team kicked off transformations in market sectors from shipping to retail to fleets. Notable initiatives included slashing supply chain greenhouse gas emissions with Walmart, creating a market for hybrid trucks with FedEx, and launching an innovative business internship program to catalyze energy efficiency in business.
Interviews & features
Green Global Partners: Big Biz & the Environmental Defense Fund
Cool Global Biz, 7/23/2009
Keeping Your Eyes on the Partnership Prize
Environmental Leader, 5/14/2009
Op-ed: Less Glitter, More Green
Podcast: KKR and EDF--saving money, cutting pollution
KKR Cutting Costs -- and Pollution
K.K.R. and Green Group Tout Gains
New York Times DealBook, 2/18/2009
Pilot Program Saves Sealy, Primedia and US Foodservice $16.4M
Unthinkable No More: Business and Environmental Champions in Profitable Partnership
Op-ed: New Wal-Mart Leadership: Seemingly Small Town Change Has Big Time Impact
New Wal-Mart CEO Says Sustainability Drive Will Continue at Full Speed
Good for the Environment. Good for Our Business.
FedEx - "From the Chairman," 2/1/2009
EDF Launches Innovation Exchange For Businesses
Environmental Leader, 1/13/2009
Environmental Defense Fund Launches Innovation Exchange
EDF Launches Online Learning Community
Matter Network, 1/13/2009
Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Gwen was Vice President at Metcalf & Eddy, an international environmental engineering firm. She has also held senior management positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Gwen has authored numerous articles on environmental issues and is a frequent speaker at business conferences. She is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury and Risk magazine.
- M.P.A., Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia
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