David G. Hawkins

Director, Climate Center

David G. Hawkins began his work in “public interest” law upon graduation from Columbia University Law School in 1970. He joined the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Washington, DC office in 1971 as one of the organization’s first staff members.

In 1977, Mr. Hawkins was appointed by President Carter to be Assistant Administrator for Air, Noise, and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency. During his time at EPA, he was responsible for initiating major new programs under the 1977 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.

With President Reagan’s election in 1981, Mr. Hawkins returned to NRDC to co-direct NRDC’s Clean Air Program.

In 1990, Mr. Hawkins became Director of NRDC’s Air and Energy Program, and in 2001 he became the Director of NRDC’s Climate Center. The Climate Center focuses on advancing policies and programs to reduce the pollution responsible for global warming. In addition to working with Congress to design a legislative mechanism that will slow, stop and reduce the emissions of global warming pollution, Mr. Hawkins is recognized as an expert on advanced coal technologies and carbon dioxide capture and storage.

Mr. Hawkins is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Climate Change Science Program Product Development Advisory Committee. He participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage and is participating in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report on climate change.

Mr. Hawkins is married with three children and lives in Bethesda, MD.