Tom Murray

Vice President, EDF+Business

Work

Areas of expertise:
Forging unexpected partnerships that catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across industries, organizations and supply chains

Tom focuses on ambition, execution and results. Challenging businesses and investors to raise the bar for corporate sustainability leadership by setting aggressive, science-based goals; collaborating for scale and impact; accelerating environmental innovation, and supporting smart environmental safeguards.

Tom Murray spearheads EDF+Business, which for 25 years has been bringing cutting edge solutions to high-impact companies – including FedEx, KKR, McDonalds, Smithfield Foods and Walmart – and to transform business as usual in their products, operations, and advocacy.

Recent projects include:

  • Helping Walmart set a goal to remove 1 billion tons of CO2 from the company’s supply chain by 2030, reduce fertilizer pollution and improve soil health on 23 million acres of U.S. farmland by 2020, and remove 10 percent of chemicals of concern from its consumable products by 2020.
  • Launching the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, a joint effort between EDF and Stanford University with technical support from ExxonMobil and other industry advisers, to inspire new and innovative approaches to reducing methane emissions and oil and natural gas sites. This challenge builds on the Methane Detectors Challenge, a groundbreaking partnership between EDF, oil and gas companies, technology developers and entrepreneurs that catalyzed market for stationary methane monitors that can prevent the loss of valuable product for the oil and gas industry – and reduce pollution.
  • Expanding EDF Climate Corps, a summer fellowship program for graduate students to identify and accelerate clean energy initiatives at top companies, municipalities, and other organizations, into China, where leading companies like BYD, Changhong, Goldwind, and TCL will host a record number of fellows.
  • Leveraging business to accelerate environmental innovation and deployment of next generation technologies – sensors, AI, data analytics, blockchain, and more – to solve today’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Background

  • Prior to joining EDF, Tom held several positions at ICF International and Jellinek, Schwartz & Connolly, where he advised government agencies and Fortune 500 companies on environmental, safety and health compliance, pollution prevention, and legislative and regulatory strategy.
  • Tom is a frequent speaker at business conferences and his work has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, Forbes, Fortune, Marketplace, Medium, Environmental Finance, Climate Progress and GreenBiz.com. He is an advisor to the American University Center for Environmental Policy.
  • Tom earned an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College.

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