John O’Neill, U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office (DOE-AMO): John manages the DOE-AMO’s Better Plants program and is the industrial sector lead for the Better Climate Challenge, two sister programs through which industrial companies can partner with the Department of Energy to set and achieve ambitious energy, GHG emissions, water, and waste reduction goals. Additionally, John is a lead for the Communities-LEAP program, which aims to help low-income and energy-burdened communities leverage clean energy deployment to realize sustained economic and environmental benefits.
John holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental policy from the University of Maryland, where his research included economy-wide decarbonization pathway modeling, building sector decarbonization policy, and energy affordability metrics. He has interned with the local policy team of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and his masters capstone was a project with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and has several years of experience working as an engineer and manager for a biodiesel manufacturing plant.