Chris Calwell

Senior Research Fellow

As Ecova’s Research & Policy Solutions Senior Research Fellow, Chris explores new research opportunities for Ecova, and travels internationally to speak publicly about sufficiency and progressive efficiency as they relate to changing society’s course of consumption and stabilizing the global climate.

Chris co-founded Ecos (later Ecova) in 1997 after serving seven years in the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Energy Program. Internationally recognized for his ability to successfully make the technical, economic and political arguments for setting stringent product efficiency specifications for voluntary programs and mandatory government standards, Chris’s areas of expertise include external and internal AC-DC power supplies, battery chargers, computers, servers, televisions, set-top boxes, monitors, residential lighting (fluorescent and general-service incandescent), ceiling fans, swimming pools, heat pump water heaters and automotive tires.

Along with three peers, Chris was honored by ACEEE as a Champion of Energy Efficiency for his pioneering research and policy efforts in external power supply efficiency. He has served on the editorial board of OnEarth since 1995 and on Home Energy’s board from 1995 to 2006. In addition, he is a founding member of the Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society.

Chris holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Trinity University and an M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.


Blog Posts by Chris Calwell
Webinar Recording: LEDs: Ready for Liftoff?
Video: Research & Policy