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David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco

David Goldstein

David B. Goldstein has worked on energy efficiency and energy policy since the 1970s. 

Dr. Goldstein has been instrumental in the development of energy efficiency standards for new buildings and appliances currently in effect at the regional and national level in the United States, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. 

David B. Goldstein received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the recipient of its Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002 and the California Alumni Association’s 2003 Award for Excellence in Achievement.

Recent Posts

Imagining Zero Carbon

Posted October 15, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC President  Frances Beinecke’s book sets forth a goal of net-zero climate pollution in our lifetime. As Frances and I are both in our 60s, that implies we need to get there quickly. Here is why this ambitious goal is necessary:...continued

Efficiency Really Works!

Posted October 9, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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The very week of the announcement that the researchers who helped create energy –efficient LED lighting received the Nobel Prize, two nay-sayers on efficiency find a forum in the New York Times to express their poorly-reasoned doubts . Michael Shellenberger...continued

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will HELP Our Economy

Posted October 8, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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It was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth, as conventional wisdom among economists has held. Eduardo Porter, a former editorial...continued

Why is the Economy Still Weak? Blame Lending Policy that Ignores Efficiency!

Posted August 5, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Bill Irwin of the New York Times asks “Why is the economy still weak?” and blames five underperforming sectors. Housing is not only his leading culprit, but he claims that it exacerbates the weakness of the second-worst sector—durable goods consumption...continued

Why Isn't America Doing More to Reinvigorate Housing By Supporting Energy & Location Efficient New Homes?

Posted June 13, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The nation’s housing markets remain depressed. If most everyone agrees that reinvigorating construction is an important goal, why aren’t we aggressively pursuing it? This blog shows how America can reignite the housing market: by reforming mortgage underwriting rules to make...continued

A Creative New Approach to Saving Energy: Having Small and Medium-Sized Cities Compete

Posted April 23, 2014 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over the years, NRDC has worked on a variety of policies to promote energy efficiency, recognizing that there is no silver bullet that will solve all of our energy efficiency problems at once. NRDC’s efforts have focused on getting energy-saving...continued

Protecting the Environment By Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted September 27, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Protecting the environment often requires reforming how business is regulated by government. In some cases, this requires increased regulation. But this blog describes a major example of how it can go the other way. We all want smarter land use...continued

Home Mortgage Lending Reforms Needed to Spark Construction

Posted September 18, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The government’s announcement that housing starts were disappointing for the second month in a row is not only a substantial economic problem, it’s also a significant environmental one. Let me explain: This is an economic problem because, as the New York...continued

New Energy Code Proposal Could Save Consumers Billions...and Offer Flexibility and Simpler Compliance for Builders

Posted August 21, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC and our allies at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) are proposing a change to the 2015 national model residential energy code that, for the first time ever, brings the nation’s largest homebuilders together with energy efficiency advocates in...continued

Efficient Locations Lead to More Secure Mortgages: The Evidence Mounts Up

Posted July 9, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Fannie Mae’s recent findings that property owners with apartment buildings located in walkable, transit-friendly neighborhoods are less likely to default on their mortgages parallels a smaller, NRDC-sponsored study that found the same thing for loans on single-family homes. Both studies...continued

New Study: Mortgage Defaults Significantly Lower Among Owners of Energy-Efficient Homes

Posted March 20, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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I have been blogging repeatedly on the value to the economy of reforming mortgage underwriting rules to account for the better loan performance of energy efficient and location efficient homes. A new study supported by the Institute for Market Transformation...continued

Attention deficit hawks: How to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...and cut billions of federal spending

Posted March 11, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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In his March 5 piece, Washington Post columnist Neil Irwin bemoans the lack of legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the now-bankrupt federally-backed funders of home mortgages. His point would be further strengthened by considering an additional failure...continued

Energy Productivity Can Fix Our Economy

Posted February 7, 2013 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Increasing America’s energy productivity is critical to jumpstarting our economy, according to a non-partisan commission report released today, but understanding why requires a closer look at the factors that caused the recession and how more energy efficiency can reverse them....continued

Innovation and Free Markets in America

Posted September 28, 2012 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Washington Post reported recently that “Entrepreneurs Run Into Roadblocks” in France that prevent them from bringing innovations into the market. The article contrasted this problem to the situation in America, where entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed. Promoting innovation...continued

Regulation, Mandates, and Free Enterprise

Posted September 24, 2012 by David Goldstein in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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When I was vacationing in Alaska in July, I saw a man wearing a T shirt that trumpeted freedom and the defeat of tyranny while displaying the international symbol for forbidden over the words regulation and mandates. The wearer of...continued

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