Author

Alan has written and published extensively in many formats as his career evolved from law to think tanks to academia to development institutions.

After retiring from the International Finance Corporation at the end of 2013, Alan’s writing increasingly aimed to inform a larger audience about topics related to environment and development. In 2016 he co-authored a UN publication explaining the benefits of modern weather systems for poor developing countries, and in 2018 he was lead author of another UN report on the importance of sustainable cooling for poor populations as extreme temperatures become increasingly frequent. A report he co-authored on risks to the Maryland pension fund from climate change led to state legislation in 2018. His most recent work in this genre is a book with Durwood Zaelke and Stephen Andersen, Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now!, published by Changemakers Books.

In 2018 Alan began writing about the history and lessons of global environmental policy drawing on his unique career experience, beginning in 1978 with advocating policies to protect the ozone layer. He was honored with a one month practitioner residency at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center which enabled him to begin formulating a book, currently in progress.

The group of Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellows February 2018

The group of Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Fellows
February 2018

Cut Super Climate Pollutants Now! book cover
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Law

Numerous articles in law journals and professional legal journals published by the American Bar Association, Environmental Law Institute, and other professional organizations. He is also co-author of an environmental law textbook now in its 9th edition and still in widespread use after almost three decades.

Think Tanks and Academia

Articles in a wide range of journals including Nature Climate Change, Energy, Technology Review, and Environmental Science & Technology, in addition to a chapter in a forthcoming business school textbook on sustainability. While directing a center at the University of Maryland in the early 1990s, he co-authored Green Gold: Japan, Germany, the United States and the Race for Environmental Technology.

Development Institutions

Working on climate change and development, writing many reports on topics including financing solar energy and promoting green growth in developing countries for the G20, as well as blogs on environment and development.
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