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Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.

Deron Lovaas

I'm the State/Federal Policy & Practice Director for the Urban Solutions Program, with a portfolio which includes energy efficiency, housing, smart growth and transportation. During my tenure I’ve also been chief strategist for advancing bipartisan oil savings legislation as well as renewal of the nation's transportation law. Prior to my decade at NRDC I worked for a variety of organizations including the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and Maryland's Department of Environment. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia born in the Philippines and grew up as a foreign service kid in several countries including Honduras, Panama and Niger.

Recent Posts

Going Solar on Earth Day

Posted April 22, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Thanks to Maryland's energy policies, Vivint Solar is installing 17 panels on my roof that will provide most of our power from now on. This is a quick job, already well on its way to completion as you can see...continued

Greenroads: Certifying Streets as Green

Posted April 17, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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The building industry has gone through a revolution since the 1990s. More and more structures are greener than in the past, with measurably better environmental performance yielding less air and water pollution as well as reduced waste. What accounts for...continued

EmPOWER Energy Efficiency Policy: Delivering Big Returns to Maryland

Posted March 10, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Boosting energy efficiency of homes in Maryland is a bread-and-butter issue. Paying too much for electricity and gas at a time when household budgets are still pinched from the great recession can mean having less to spend on nutritious food,...continued

Delivering Energy Efficiency for All Pennsylvanians

Posted March 5, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Newly minted Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his budget proposal for his first year in office. The plan includes several notable elements, including a big boost in funding for education. What caught my eye was a smaller step forward -...continued

Refocusing on the Bus

Posted February 26, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Bus riders comprise 50% of all transit riders, and they outnumber the number of heavy rail, light rail, commuter bus, and trolley riders combined. Yet attention to bus service pales in comparison to that offered to light rail. Given the...continued

Choosing Our Transportation Future: Secretary Foxx on Moving Beyond Traffic

Posted February 6, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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I finally finished Beyond Traffic, DOT's new report on the next 30 years of our transportation system. At more than 300+ pages, it's chockfull of information, inferences and ideas for consideration by policymakers and stakeholders in transportation. Many of its...continued

Zombie Highway Projects

Posted September 19, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Jeff Inglis and Phineas Baxandall have co-authored a new PIRG report about “highway boondoggles” in which they profile 11 large road projects costing about $13 billion. These are projects long contemplated on paper, as part of long-range transportation plans assembled...continued

Rethinking "Free" Parking Policies

Posted September 15, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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This is another guest blog from Janie Nham (see byline at the bottom): Economic theory teaches us that when buyers or sellers lack full information and understanding about their choices in a transaction, they make suboptimal decisions. Perhaps one of the best...continued

Cool Infographic: The 5 Largest Transit Systems in the U.S.

Posted August 27, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Folks at the  online Masters in Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina created an infographic about the history, capacity and future of the nation's five largest transit systems. Of course it includes D.C.'s own Metro, where we're enjoying new stops...continued

Delivering Efficiency for All in Maryland, and Your State Too

Posted August 12, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Maryland, like all states, is now figuring out how to cut harmful power plant emissions, and for the Old Line State and others, this presents a unique opportunity to look at ways to also help an underserved market – low-income housing, who...continued

Showdown, then Breakdown, on Transportation Lawmaking in Congress

Posted August 7, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Heading out the door for their 5-week vacation this August, Congress wrapped up a major piece of transportation business in an all-too-familiar and depressing fashion. They passed a bill applying set of band-aids to the highway trust fund, allowing it...continued

Getting Around: Innovative Collegiate Shared-Use Mobility Programs

Posted July 23, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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This blog was penned by a colleague in our Urban Solutions Group: Dylan Anslow, a MAP Fellow and Stanford University student. ZipCar’s signature bright green stickers have become ubiquitous on America’s college campuses. On my campus, the day you check your PO Box and find your...continued

Why Reliable Data Matters for Active Transportation

Posted July 1, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Bikes parked outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. The following is a guest post by Janie Nham: It is clear that active transportation modes like bicycling and walking have gained momentum in the past several years. Yet even as...continued

Maryland: The Old Line State, Holding the Line on Carbon Pollution

Posted June 24, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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Maryland's beautiful state capitol building in Annapolis As readers of this blog know well, this month EPA unveiled its new Clean Power Plan, as explained by EPA Associate Assistant Administrator for Climate Joe Goffman in this cool little video....continued

A Bipartisan Bid to Boost the Gas Tax

Posted June 20, 2014 by Deron Lovaas

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MARC train in Odenton, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Ryan Stavely. Yes, you read that headline right. Senators Corker (R-TN) and Murphy (D-CT) are backing a 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase to shore up the nation’s highway trust fund, and getting...continued

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