Margaret Williams, ACR program officer, is responsible for the review California compliance and voluntary market project listings and for providing oversight to project verification, registration and offset issuance for a variety of project types. She also serves as a team member for offset methodology development and approvals. Prior to joining ACR, Margaret was at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute where she conducted science communications and helped manage a multi-institutional grant from NASA Ames Research Center. She has experience in GHG emissions verification, carbon offset project development, various GHG reporting protocols and GHG inventory and reduction plan development. At Impact Carbon, Margaret served as Program Manager for carbon asset development, various GHG reporting schemes and overseeing all survey design, fuel and emissions data collection, data analysis and document preparation for carbon asset validation and verification under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Gold Standard. She designed novel approaches for quantifying avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rural households in Asia, Africa and Latin America where multiple clean energy technologies were installed and also represented Impact Carbon on the US Technical Advisory Committee (ISO) for Clean Cook stoves and Clean Cooking Solutions. From 2009 to 2013 Margaret was a senior climate change and air quality project manager and technical specialist at ICF International where she developed GHG emissions inventories and reduction plans for cities and counties in California as well as analyzed environmental data for regulatory compliance. She was a certified lead verifier (2009-2015) under the California Air Resources Board Mandatory Reporting Rule with Refineries and Transactions specialties and has conducted GHG audits for landfills and oil and gas facilities under the British Columbia and Alberta reporting schemes. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami. She completed postdoctoral work at the University of California Irvine in the department of Earth System Science and also at NASA Ames Research Center. While at UC Irvine, she held the Comer Fellowship for the Study of Abrupt Climate Change.
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- E10. Fresh out of the Oven: Hot Ideas in Conservation Finance
October 19, 2019
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