Kenneth Kimmell

President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Kenneth Kimmell believes in using science to find solutions to problems in order to help people’s lives. As the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kimmell works towards combining the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. His more than 30 years of experience in environmental policy and advocacy began when he clerked for the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, where he assisted a judge in a case involving the health effects of Agent Orange.

Prior to this position, Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Before that he spent 17 years as the director and senior attorney at a Boston-based law firm specializing in environmental, energy, and land-use issues.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

C1 Revue: Doubt, Deception, Defiance

Today, we’re going to extreme ends of climate change debate... and action. While most of us are still comfortable sitting in the center – perhaps accepting the science, but not doing much about it – there are some organizations and individuals who are willing to jump off a bridge to convince us of the peril we face. And there are others who are using misinformation and deception to try to sow doubt in our minds about whether there is any problem at all.

A Conversation with Amy Goodman and Kenneth Kimmell

Oct 20 2017 - 12:00pm

When trying to fight a campaign of disinformation, who better to be on your side than a muckraking journalist like Amy Goodman and a lawyer running the Union for Concerned Scientists, Kenneth Kimmell. Between these two, they have seen it all. They know the lengths the oil industry will go to in order to keep drilling, and they are working to share that information with as many people as possible.

Amy Goodman, Host, Executive Producer, Democracy Now!
Kenneth Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists