WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
Director, Urban Efficiency & Climate
Emma Stewart is the Urban Efficiency & Climate Director at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where she is responsible for the Institute’s global work on urban building and vehicle efficiency, urban distributed renewables and city climate strategy. Prior to joining WRI in 2018, Ms. Stewart was Chief Business Development Officer at Impact Infrastructure, a software start-up automating social cost-benefit analyses in order to cost-justify greener infrastructure. She also founded and directed design software giant Autodesk’s Sustainability Solutions department, where she led a product and go-to-market team to make sustainable design a “no-brainer” for millions of engineering and design customers. She also founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. She also co-authored Autodesk’s C-FACT methodology (a Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-stabilizing Targets), an open-source, science-driven, business-friendly approach to greenhouse gas target-setting, which was named #1 of public company targets by Climate Counts. Stewart has been a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the group behind LEED ratings for buildings, and the elected Chair of U.S. Green Building Council’s Advisory Council. She is also a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business.