Christopher Flavin is president of the Worldwatch Institute, an international research organization whose focus is an environmentally sustainable future. He is a regular co-author of the Institute’s widely-read State of the World book, published in more than 30 languages.
Flavin is known for his extensive writing on energy strategies and policies, including a focus on renewable sources of energy, electricity, restructuring, and the potential for hydrogen. He is co-author of three books on energy, including Power Surge: Guide to the Coming Energy Revolution, in which he describes the potential shape of a post-petroleum energy economy.
Flavin is actively engaged in international climate change and energy policy discussion. He participated in the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Climate Change Conference in Kyoto in 1997, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. He is a founding member of the board of directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Climate Institute, and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.
Flavin appears regularly on radio and television, including the BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS’s Newshour, and Voice of America. He has also written for a wide range of periodicals, including The New York Times, Technology Review, The Harvard International Review, and Time Magazine. Flavin is a native of Monterey, California, and cum laude graduate of Williams College, where he studied economics, biology, and environmental studies.