William Becker is an expert on energy and climate policy based in Denver, Colorado. From 2007 to 2011, he was Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a foundation-funded enterprise that engaged hundreds of experts to develop more than 200 recommendations for climate action by the Obama Administration.
Prior to 2007, he served for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Energy, the last 10 as DOE’s Central Regional Director. He also is an expert on sustainable community development. He has helped dozens of communities create sustainable development plans, many in post-disaster situations. He has led or participated on expert teams deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Thailand after the 2004 tsunami, as well as to Beijing to help “green” the Olympic Village at the 2008 Olympic Games.
His career in sustainable development began in the 1970s when he proposed and helped implement a pioneering project in which Soldiers Grove, a rural Wisconsin village, relocated from a floodplain and built the nation’s first solar village. Today, that project is recognized as an early example of climate mitigation and adaptation.
A former journalist who began his career as a 19-year-old Army war correspondent in South Vietnam, Becker’s most recent book—The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet—was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in New York.