Chris Jones is Director of the CoolClimate Network, a university-government-industry partnership at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business. His primary research interests are carbon footprint analysis, community-scale greenhouse gas mitigation, environmental psychology and environmental policy.
Jones lead the development of the first carbon footprint calculators to account for the greenhouse gas emissions of all transportation, energy, food, goods and services purchased by households and businesses. This comprehensive method, called “consumption-based greenhouse gas accounting,” powers a suite of online tools that allow households, businesses and communities to estimate their complete carbon footprints, compare their results to similar users, and develop personalized climate action plans to reduce their contribution to climate change. Versions of these tools have been adopted by governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations throughout the United States and internationally. CoolClimate also develops and evaluates programs to engage, educate, motivate and empower individuals to take climate action. Examples include the Cool Campus Challenge and the CoolCalifornia Challenge. He also serves as Program Chair of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference.
- Spatial Distribution of U.S. Household Carbon Footprints Reveals Suburbanization Undermines Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Population Density
- Deep carbon reductions in California require electrification and integration across economic sectors
- Measuring the Climate Impact of Residential Buildings: GreenPoint Rated Climate Calculator Version 2
- A household carbon footprint calculator for islands: Case study of the United States Virgin Islands
- Quantifying Carbon Footprint Reduction Opportunities for U.S. Households and Communities
- Consumer-oriented Life Cycle Assessment of Food, Goods and Services
- A Lifecycle Assessment of U.S. Household Consumption: The Methodology and Inspiration Behind the Consumer Footprint Calculator
- Carbon Footprint Planning: Quantifying Local and State Mitigation Opportunities for 700 California Cities
- Competition, carbon, and conservation: Assessing the energy savings potential of energy efficiency competitions