Steve Winkelman

Project Manager of Transportation and Adaptation Programs

Steve Winkelman

Steve Winkelman, Project Manager of the Adaptation and Transportation Programs at CCAP, has 20 years of experience engaging in the intersections of urban planning, climate policy and economics. He assists government and corporate officials around the world with policy design, implementation and evaluation. Steve specializes in fostering public-private collaboration in pursuit of practical, effective and politically viable policy solutions.

Steve led the development of the Colombia Transit Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA proposal, and is currently assessing low-emissions development strategies in Mexico. He has authored several papers on transportation NAMAs, including a series on Data and Capacity Building Needs and an “MRV” evaluation framework for tracking progress while promoting sustainable development.

Steve is co-author of Growing Wealthier and of Growing Cooler, which assess environmental and economic benefits of smart growth and sustainable urban transportation. Steve developed the CCAP Transportation Emissions Guidebook, and has successfully focused policy attention on the climate benefits of reducing travel demand, popularized with his phrase, “Sidewalks are as sexy as hybrids.”

On the adaptation front, Steve has assisted leading local governments “Ask the Climate Question” when making infrastructure and land use decisions. Steve’s latest effort is to advance “Green Resilience” measures that reduce GHGs and enhance climate resilience, thereby increasing return on climate and infrastructure investments. Steve led an expert workshop on transportation and climate adaptation for NOAA and developed recommendations on capacity building and policy needs to prepare transportation systems for climate change impacts.

Steve’s policy recommendations have been included in several House and Senate bills on transportation, climate change and resilience. He has testified to four U.S. Congressional committees and has been a featured presenter at numerous conferences and workshops. His work has been covered by media outlets such as: the Atlantic, Climate Wire, CNN, E&E News, E&E TV, Greenwire, Grist, Huffington Post, National Geographic National Journal, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining CCAP, Steve managed ICF’s Climate Wise industrial energy efficiency work for the US EPA.  At Argonne National Laboratory he designed, built and tested a magnetically levitated vehicle (maglev). His first transportation job was as a crew member for a hot-air ballooning company in France. Steve is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Steve lives in Montréal.

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Blog posts by Steve

Blog posts by Steve Winkelman and Dr. Kelly Klima