Climate Community Citizen of the Week – Kyle Gracey

Congratulations to Kyle Gracey this weeks Climate Community Citizen of the Week.

As a special note – Kyle – is currently in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Summit, and will be doing a post for The Climate Community during his stay.


Kyle is a Harris Fellow and dual M.S. student studying public policy and geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, where he is writing his thesis on the long-term job creation potential of clean energy generation. He serves on the university's Sustainability Council, where he helped launch a bike sharing program that will provides job training to at-risk youth.


He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Ecological Economics, Values & Policy and Biochemistry/Biophysics. There, he was the President of EcoLogic and Vice President of Finance and founding member of the Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter. He also studied international developmental and environmental issues at The American University in Washington, DC and in Brazil, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. RPI's first and only Truman Scholar, Kyle has worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as an Environmental Policy Analyst and as an International Economist Intern in the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and was an Education Docent at the National Aquarium. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the youth science & technology policy organization Student Pugwash USA, and is the University of Chicago Representative for both the Clinton Global Initiative and Campus Progress.

Kyle is the Chair for the Steering Committee and previously served as SustainUS Treasurer, Citizen Science Technical Board member, delegate to the Commission for Social Development and delegate and domestic coordinator for the Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has written for everything from the Worldwatch Institute & Climate Progress to his hometown newspaper, and been interviewed by media from Chicago radio to French documentaries to Japanese science wire reportergos.

We are very pleased to have Kyle as a winner – our first from "The University"!

Become part of the community & learn more by visiting The Climate Community.

Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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