Purpose Driven Innovation: The Path to Sustainable Energy

Daniel Schrag, Harvard University

Daniel Schrag highlights the stark mismatch between the pace that we need to be moving to clean energy systems and the pace at which we actually are.

Daniel Schrag, Director, Center for the Environment, Harvard University

Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering at Harvard University. He is also director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment and co-director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy, including how climate change influenced the evolution of life in the past and what steps might be taken to prepare for its impacts in the future. He helped develop the hypothesis that Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths,” that may have stimulated a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the proliferation of multicellular animals. He has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy, including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. From 2009 to 2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to reports on energy technology, national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, STEM education, and more.


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