Nikki Springer

MBA, Yale School of Management, 2018 PhD in Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2018

Nikki is jointly pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and an MBA - with a focus on assessing and predicting land development and industry response to landscape-scale planning and environmental regulation. As the former manager of landscape, irrigation, and erosion services for Walmart’s domestic portfolio, Nikki’s driving interests in environmental management are tied to maintenance of large land portfolios and the role of corporate land holders in ensuring sustainable management of the American landscape. Nikki has also worked for Walt Disney Imagineering in several capacities, from the Aulani Hawaii resort master planning team to the construction of the American Idol experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and stormwater management strategies for Shanghai Disneyland.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT (2004). She has a Master in Landscape Planning (2008) and Master in Urban Development (2008), both from Harvard University. She was the 2010 Garvan Chair & Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Authored Articles
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Western Energy Imbalance Market Integrates Solar in Idaho

While solar and wind resources are abundant in the western United States, the region faces technical, operational and management challenges in transitioning to cleaner energy portfolios. Integrating renewable energy into existing electric grids continues to be a difficult hurdle for many electricity markets. When utilities face intermittent renewable energy generation, energy imbalance markets (EIMs) have been developed to mitigate the gaps between production and demand.
Photovoltaics

Loan-Guarantee Program Fuels Innovative Energy Technology

A secure and responsible energy future relies on innovation. Technological innovation is needed to help increase energy efficiency and advance the energy economy. “De-risking” new energy technologies is a critical step in bringing innovation to market. And this is a step directly addressed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program.
Solar panel on a home

Creative Ways to Finance Solar and Storage Systems

There was a full house when speakers offered strategic advice on energy storage financing at the Solar Power Northeast conference. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) held this conference in Boston on Feb. 5-6. Solar energy storage systems are not yet widely used. And this lack of popularity can make storage systems difficult to finance.
Toronto financial district

Companies Explore Creative Ways to Purchase Renewable Energy

What are the creative new ways that smaller companies are entering the market for renewable energy? To find out, Clean Energy Finance Forum spoke with Jim Boyle, CEO and chairman of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are becoming an increasingly popular way for companies of a variety of sizes to reduce their carbon footprints. RECs also help companies support the production of renewable energy and meet or exceed their corporate-sustainability goals.
Electric car

Engineering Clean Energy Infrastructure Is a Balancing Act

The MIT Energy Conference, which took place on March 3-4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, explored the financial and social barriers to the major infrastructure projects that are required to support next-generation energy investments. Speakers analyzed the many changes that stakeholders face when they start expanding their use of renewable energy and energy efficiency.