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Erin Burns

Erin Burns

Executive Director


Twitter: @erinmburns

Erin Burns is the Executive Director of Carbon180, a climate NGO focused on the full range of carbon removal solutions. There she leads the organization in working with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to reach a just and equitable economy that removes more carbon than it emits. Previously, she worked in the Senate where she handled energy, environment, labor, and agricultural issues, including staffing for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Public Lands Subcommittee. She also worked at Third Way, a DC-based think tank, managing carbon capture and removal, innovation, and other clean energy policy development and advocacy. A native of southern West Virginia, throughout her career she has worked on issues related to coal worker and coal community transitions. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 19, 2021

Energizing Innovation: Federal Energy RD&D in FY22 and Beyond

ITIF hosted a discussion on energy RD&D in the federal budget, and prospects for FY 2022 with experts from ITIF and elsewhere.

March 5, 2020

Decarbonizing Industrial Heat

ITIF and the Aspen Institute hosted the Washington, DC release of the Innovation for a Cool Earth Forum’s (ICEF’s) Industrial Heat Decarbonization Roadmap and convened an expert panel exploring the challenges of industrial heat decarbonization.

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