Adrienne Alvord

Western States Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

Adrienne Alvord is the Western States Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists and a recognized expert climate, energy and transportation policy. She has 25 years of experience in translating scientific and technical knowledge into effective policies, and creating strategic partnerships to accomplish them. Alvord's focus is working to ensure a transition to a low-carbon economy that reduces global warming, promotes equitable economic growth, and improves public health. She is leading UCS’s effort in California, Oregon and Washington to achieve robust climate, renewable energy, and clean vehicle policies and to make sure existing standards are implemented.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Alvord was the environmental policy director for California State Senator Fran Pavley and served as lead staff on the Global Warming Solutions Act, the state’s landmark climate law known as AB 32. She led successful legislative efforts to establish clean energy programs, clean vehicles and fuel technology standards, air and water quality rules, and natural resources protection programs. 

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Concussions, Cigarettes and Climate

Nov 29 2017 - 6:30pm

What do football, tobacco and oil have in common? A common narrative of deceit. When tobacco companies faced public scrutiny about the link between cancer and smoking, the industry launched a campaign questioning the scientific evidence. Oil companies and the National Football League have used the same playbook to mislead the public. Listen to the stories of how industries endeavor to confuse.