Nate Grady

Nate Grady
Master of Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2019

Nate Grady is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). He is interested in policies, programs, and market interventions that enable more rapid energy system decarbonization, particularly those that could be implemented at the local and regional level. Prior to joining F&ES, he worked for Meister Consultants Group, a sustainability consulting firm based in Boston, MA. There he specialized in renewable energy and energy efficiency program design, market analysis, and technology scaling strategy development for city, state, and federal agencies. In particular, Nate worked with a number of major cities to design pilot scaling programs for renewable heating and cooling technologies, and helped create the Thermal Decarbonization Initiative, a city-led effort to identify scalable pathways to low-carbon heating systems. He holds a BA from Lawrence University in environmental policy and economics. In his free time, Nate enjoys woodworking, painting, and making sourdough bread.

Authored Articles
Hospital connected to community microgrid

Community Microgrids – A Tool for Adaptation or Mitigation?

Co-authored by Sara Harari, Nate Grady, Emilie Charlotte Løberg and Sofie Møller As climate change becomes the new reality, policymakers must decide how to invest limited resources in advanced technology and infrastructure. At the heart of this challenge is the debate over adaptation versus mitigation: should we focus our efforts on avoiding the worst effects of climate change (i.e. reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses we release going forward), or should we divide our resources and invest simultaneously on adapting to the most likely effects of climate change? Historically, most international efforts have focused on mitigation; if we can quickly...
A microgrid connecting to the office of a champion decision maker

The Role of Community Microgrid Champions

Community microgrids can be initiated by a wide range of individuals or organizations. They include mayors and utilities. They also may include “anchor” off-takers like hospital management, development companies, or community organizations. But to succeed, they require that at least one person really take the lead and energize the project.