I am truly honored to have been selected as the 2014 winner of the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy. I will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia early next year to spend four months at Monash University, studying the Australian national building benchmarking program full time. My hosts will be the Monash Sustainability Institute, ClimateWorks Australia, and BehaviourWorks Australia. I hope the results of my efforts will be useful to the cities across the U.S. that are moving ahead on building energy efficiency policies, like those in the City Energy Project.
I must thank my friends at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OPower, Building Robotics, the Institute for Market Transformation, and the Natural Resources Defense Council for helping me develop and now refine my proposal.
This Fulbright grant was established by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and is in the final year of its three-year program. The sun sets on this program at the same time that the funding for the more well known Fulbright programs for students and academics becomes more scarce. I hope we are not losing sight of the value of the "soft diplomacy" that Senator Fulbright sought when the program was established in 1945.