Aaron Burgess

Policy Analyst

As a native of Boulder, Colorado, I’ve had an appreciation for the environment and the natural world since I was a kid. My background is in policy and journalism, and my work focuses on developing and communicating complex policies in a straight-forward way. Prior to NextGen, I worked as a consultant for the California Air Resources Board and the Center for the New Energy Economy in Colorado. I also worked as a speechwriter for Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and taught 7th grade science in North Carolina with Teach For America. I have a BS in Journalism and a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley. I am an avid skier, and I hope my children will be able to experience powder days.

Fun Fact: I have spent a night in every time zone on earth.

Entries by this Author

December 22, 2016 Categories: Climate Change Fossil Fuels

This is Not Normal: Global Sea Ice Levels Reach Record-Shattering Lows

by Aaron Burgess

This holiday season the Arctic is making news, and not just because Santa is sitting up there making his list and checking it twice.   Permanent Protection In…

November 02, 2016 Categories: California Clean Energy Climate Change Fossil Fuels Low-Carbon Fuel

How Electric School Buses Can Drive to a Cleaner, Safer Future

by Aaron Burgess

The yellow school bus is an ubiquitous sight across America. Nearly 500,000 of these predominantly diesel-powered vehicles shuttle kids to and from school 180 days of the year.

May 19, 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

Healthy Planet — Healthy Communities

by Aaron Burgess

Climate action will put us on a trajectory to avoid the worst health impacts linked to climate change such as extreme heat and cold, the spread of tropical…

April 25, 2016 Categories: California Clean Energy Climate Change Low-Carbon Fuel

Ducking solar integration challenges with workplace charging

by Aaron Burgess

It would have been hard to miss the hype around the unveiling of the Tesla Model 3. Not that we wanted to miss it – finally, consumers will…

April 07, 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

Spring Break in Antarctica: Notes from the Front Lines of Climate Change

by Aaron Burgess

Thanks to NextGen Climate America for the opportunity to write this guest blog! I am a legal intern with the team, but took some time off in March…

January 21, 2016 Categories: Climate Change

It’s Time to Get Loud!

by Aaron Burgess

Millennials strongly support action on climate. You may not have heard from them yet. But they’re about to Get Loud. Today NextGen Climate America and the Alliance for Climate…

January 08, 2016 Categories: California Climate Change EPA Rule

An Invisible Climate Disaster

by Aaron Burgess

“One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history…;” “Terrifyingly bad…over 2,100 families have been placed in temporary housing…” Wait, what happened? Since October 23rd, a ruptured natural…

November 19, 2015 Categories: Clean Energy Climate Change

True Cost Accounting for a Climate Changed Economy

by Aaron Burgess

Last week, NextGen Climate America released an economic analysis by ICF International showing that meeting our national carbon emissions reduction goals will grow our economy, create millions of jobs,…

November 09, 2015 Categories: Climate Change

Our Climate. Our Future.

by Aaron Burgess

Today, NextGen Climate America and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) are announcing a new partnership to launch an online climate education resource Our Climate. Our Future. The program…

October 28, 2015 Categories: Climate Change

Significant Groundwork Quietly Being Laid Before 2016 Paris Climate Summit

by Aaron Burgess

Over the last few weeks the world has seen some very big news, and I’m not talking about finding water on Mars or the Cubs failing to make…