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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

Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs Reduce Energy Use and So Much More

Posted June 24, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Photo courtesy of DOE Making homes more energy efficient brings outsized benefits for those living on moderate-and-low incomes, lowering their energy bills, maintaining the affordability of their homes, reducing pollution, and creating healthier and more comfortable living environments for...continued

Reverse DRIVE: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a Proposed Highway Bill

Posted June 24, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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The Senate moved forward with the highway part (summary here) of a transportation bill this morning, and it has a few big features. It has a new competitive program for big bridge and highway projects. It has a big...continued

Dump the Pump to Fight Climate Change and Boost Economic Equity

Posted June 17, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Riding rail transit is part of my daily routine, and I hope you'll join me in doing so tomorrow for the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) 10th annual Dump the Pump day. According to this handy fact sheet from APTA...continued

Landing With a THUD: House Proposes to Slash Housing and Transportation Programs

Posted June 9, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit line (courtesy of Flickr/TheOverheadWire) Debate over spending priorities for the 2016 Federal fiscal year is heating up, with a vote scheduled for tonight on a proposed House Appropriations bill for two agencies who work to...continued

Taking Big Steps Toward Energy Efficiency for All in Maryland

Posted May 22, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Mountain View Apartments, Cumberland, MD courtesy of Rudy Matthews photography This weekend, my Memorial Day observance will include toasting a historic two weeks of regulatory activity in favor of low-income utility customers in Maryland, particularly those most underserved of...continued

Boosting Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State

Posted May 14, 2015 by Deron Lovaas

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Running for office repeatedly in New York, one particularly memorable candidate achieved fame for his years of crusading against high rents in his state. Turns out this is a nationwide challenge, as a Harvard study and a major real estate...continued

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

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