The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has named Kenneth L. Kimmell as its new President, effective in May, 2014. Since its creation in 1969, UCS has been dedicated to promoting science in the public interest. It was founded on the belief that science has an essential role in informing and driving public policy. Today, UCS is a $26 million organization with 140 staff in four offices across the United States. It is widely recognized for its special role in ensuring that sound science is incorporated into complex policy decisions, and in amplifying the voices of scientists, engineers, and concerned citizens.
Ken Kimmell comes to UCS from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where he serves as Commissioner, overseeing a budget of $100 million and 800 employees, including a large staff of scientists and engineers. As Commissioner, Kimmell has chaired the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and undertaken such innovative and nationally recognized initiatives as an “organics to energy” program, a Sustainable Water Management Initiative, and programs to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. A lawyer by training, Kimmel moved in 2007 from the private practice of environmental law to public service in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
The announcement of his appointment may be found at http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/ucs-announces-new-president.html.
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