Praveen Amar joined MJB&A in August 2013 as a senior advisor. He has over 35 years of experience in state government and NGO sectors in areas of science, technology, economics, and policy related to air quality management, air pollution control technologies, and climate change science and policy.
Immediately prior to joining MJB&A, Praveen was with Clean Air Task Force, an environmental NGO with a focus on protecting the environment, as a Senior Advisor on technology and climate policy, where he evaluated the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, and, working with other environmental NGOs and a number of industry representatives including Shell Oil and Chevron, developed performance standards (for air, water, and climate protection) for shale development. He also investigated climate change and public health benefits of lowering the emissions of black carbon from various stationary and mobile sources as a Co-PI with the University of Illinois under an EPA STAR (Science to Achieve Results) grant.
Before CATF, he was with NESCAUM, a nonprofit association of air quality agencies in the Northeast for 19 years, including 16 years as its Director of Science and Policy, where his key role was to translate the implications of findings of science and developments in technology into workable and cost-effective policy options for the Northeast states. While at NESCAUM, his research projects focused on monetizing the public health benefits of controlling mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants in the U.S. and evaluating future impacts of global climate change on regional ground- level air quality in the U.S. (ozone and fine particles). He acted as a Co-PI on these projects with a number of universities in the U.S. including Harvard, MIT, and Georgia Tech. While at NESCAUM, he was invited to testify before the U.S. House and Senate Committees on control of fine particles and the benefits of lowering mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. His work has also been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and National Public Radio (NPR).
Before NESCAUM, he was affiliated with the California Air Resources Board (1977-1992), where he managed programs on air pollution research (including research on acid deposition, atmospheric processes, and ecological effects), strategic planning, and industrial source pollution control.
He is a member of the U.S. EPA’s Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis. He is currently serving on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST). From 2007-2011, he served as a member of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Panel on review of Secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for SO2 and NOx. He has also served on CASAC’s Subcommittee on the National Ambient Air Monitoring Strategy. He recently completed his service on EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) Climate Change Work Group that addressed approaches EPA may take to control greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sources. Praveen also serves on the Science Advisory Committee for NYSERDA’s environmental research program.
He received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California. He has taught graduate courses in atmospheric processes and air pollution policy at the University of California, Davis, California State University, Sacramento, and at Tufts University in Boston.