Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and a leader in the movement to make environmental responsibility understandable and achievable for every individual and institution – an accomplishment that earned him the name "The Godfather of Greening".
Melding ecological expertise with a positive approach, Hershkowitz directs the greening of American icons including professional sports leagues and major record labels. He was the architect of the greening of the 2007-10 Academy Awards, and the 50, 51 and 52 GRAMMY Awards. His leadership in helping Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the U.S. Tennis Association, and the National Hockey League go green earned him the U.S. EPA's 2008 Environmental Merit Award. Hershkowitz helped drive the greening of the Warner Music Group and he helped establish and serves on the steering committee of Broadway Greening Alliance and the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance. He also serves on the 2011 NCAA Final Four Sustainability Committee.
He is the author of Bronx Ecology: A Blueprint for a New Environmentalism and many publications. He has also contributed essays to numerous books. Hershkowitz has appeared often on television and radio, from CNN to NPR. He is regularly quoted in newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today.
A native of New York, Hershkowitz received his PhD in political economics, specializing in energy resources economics, from the City University of New York Graduate School.
He earned an MPhil in political economics, a BA (cum laude) from the City College of New York, and a Certificat D’assiduite from the University of Grenoble. He resides in New York State and is the father of three children.