Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, October 7, 2019

Nemet named World Citizen Prize recipient

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La Follette School Professor Greg Nemet will receive one of the first two World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance during APPAM’s 2019 Fall Research Conference next month in Denver.

The award recognizes research that assesses pathways to achieve measurable but as-yet unrealized gains in overall environmental performance, especially for reducing consumption and waste.

Nemet’s first book, How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low Carbon Innovation, offers a comprehensive assessment of solar energy’s rapid adoption and falling costs. In the book, Nemet uses a mixed-method approach to understand how the costs of solar energy fell so quickly. It was published in June.

“The La Follette School is honored to have Greg on our faculty; he is an outstanding scholar and teacher,” said Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee. “His interdisciplinary work ties together economics, policy analysis, and engineering in a way that provides new insights to the energy policy community.”

David Peyton, the grantor responsible for funding the World Citizen Prizes, will present the award to Nemet in November.

Nemet has numerous presentations scheduled around the world this fall, including one at Nanjing University in China, at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in Washington, DC, and for the US Department of Energy. He also is giving the Energy Analysis and Policy Seminar on Wednesday, October 9.

Nemet, who has a doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California-Berkeley, received an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2017 to support his research, and he is part of a $1.25 million project at the University of Texas-Austin funded by the US. Department of Energy. He also has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment.