Christopher Payne

Christopher Payne

Leader: Sustainable Operations Group
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer
(510) 495-2577


Over his career in energy efficiency and sustainability policy research, Christopher Payne has focused on understanding how decisions related to energy consumption are made, how public policy shapes those decisions, and how energy policy can be made more efficient, effective, and persistent. Dr. Payne is a recognized expert in organizational decision-making related to energy and sustainability, with a research specialty in institutional acquisition processes and their role in clean energy technology adoption. His current projects include:

In addition to those research topics, Dr. Payne has also been an advocate for greater participation in STEM by under-represented minorities, particularly Native Americans:


Urban Affairs & Public Policy, PhD, University of Delaware
Science & Technology Studies, MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics, BA, Carleton College
Technology and Policy Studies, Concentration, Carleton College


2023 R&D 100 Award: R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year -  August 29th 2023

The Energy Management Systems Team receives the R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year Award from R&D World for its ongoing international efforts to advance energy management business practices in the commercial, manufacturing, and institutional sectors. The team has collectively built on each other’s strengths to make a profound impact in their respective fields. By leveraging their diverse academic and personal backgrounds, the team has created a technical program that reaches people working in all sectors of the economy. The team has published international standards, conducted original research, delivered technical assistance to organizations globally, developed professional workforce certification programs, and partnered with private and public sector organizations to accelerate the deployment of energy management business practices. The team’s resources and practices have been adopted by tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, including large and small manufacturers, regional hospital groups, government agencies, schools and universities, and corporate and boutique hotel chains. To learn more about energy management system business practices, visit

Outstanding Performance Award -  September 20th 2007
White House Closing the Circle Award -  April 22nd 2007

Department of Energy
, Federal Energy Management Program,
 Interagency Sustainability Working Group. 
High Performance Buildings Through Innovative Policy.

Outstanding Performance Award -  November 13th 2000
Letter of Commendation -  April 26th 2000

Journal and Editorial Board Memberships

Energies, Reviewer
Energy and Buildings, Reviewer
Energy Efficiency, Reviewer
Energy Policy, Reviewer
Energy Research & Social Science, Reviewer
Journal of Cleaner Production, Reviewer
Sustainability, Reviewer