Christopher M. Jones, Ph.D.

Lead Researcher, CCN

Bio and Research Interests

Chris Jones is the lead coordinating researcher at the CoolClimate Network, a research program of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as co-chair of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (5th year).

His primary research interests are carbon footprint analysis, community-scale greenhouse gas mitigation, behavioral psychology and environmental policy.

Jones lead the development of the first carbon footprint calculators to account for the greenhouse gas emissions of all goods and services purchased by households and businesses. This comprehensive method, called "consumption-based life-cycle accounting," powers all CoolClimate Calculators--online tools that allow households, businesses and community groups to estimate their complete carbon footprints, compare their results to similar users, and develop personalized climate action plans to save money and reduce their contribution to climate change.

Versions of these tools have been adopted by the state of California via the partnership, non-governmental organizations and communities throughout the United States. CoolClimate software and data also powers various customized versions of online carbon management tools for members of the CoolClimate Network Consortium.

Jones also acts as coordinating researcher on all other CCN projects, including the CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a contract to monitor the complete supply chain carbon footprint of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a greenhouse gas calculator for residential building construction and several carbon footprint calculators for small businesses, schools and local governments. For more information about CCN projects, visit the projects page.

Papers and Publications:

Miehe, R., Scheumann, R., Jones, C. M., Kammen, D. M., & Finkbeiner, M. Regional carbon footprints of households: a German case study. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-15.

Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen. The CoolCalifornia Challenge: A Pilot Inter-City Household Carbon Footprint Reduction. Report prepared for the California Air Resources Board under contract 10-325. November 2014. 90 pages.

Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen, Spatial Distribution of U.S. Household Carbon Footprints Reveals Suburbanization Undermines Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Population Density. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2014, 48 (2), pp 895–902.

Max Wei, James H. Nelson, Jeffery B. Greenblatt, Ana Mileva, Josiah Johnston, Michael Ting, Christopher Yang, Chris Jones, James E. McMahon, and Daniel M. Kammen. Deep carbon reductions in California require electrification and integration across economic sectors Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014038

Christopher M. Jones, Wes Sullens, Amy Dryden and Joe Kantenbacher. Measuring the Climate Impact of Residential Buildings: GreenPoint Rated Climate Calculator Version 2. Report prepared for the California Air Resources Board under contract 09-344. September, 2012. 122 pages.

Shirley, R., Jones, C.M., Kammen, D.M., Shirley, R., et al., A household carbon footprint calculator for islands: Case study of the United States Virgin Islands, Ecological Economics 80 (2012) 8–14

Christopher M. Jones, Daniel M. Kammen, Gang He, Corinne Reich-Weiser, Devon Lake, Chris Erickson. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction Opportunities In Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s Products and Services Supply Chain. Unpublished report. 69 pps. January 2012.

Christopher M. Jones and Daniel M. Kammen, Quantifying Carbon Footprint Reduction Opportunities for U.S. Households and Communities. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2011, 45 (9), pp 4088–4095

Christopher M. Jones, 2009. Headwinds for Climate Change Policy. Latin American Studies Review. Fall 2009. University of California, Berkeley

Jones, C.M., Kammen, D.M., McGrath, D.T., 2008. Consumer-oriented Life Cycle Assessment of Food, Goods and Services. Berkeley Institute of the Environment. Energy and Climate Change.

Jones, C.M., 2005. A Lifecycle Assessment of U.S. Household Consumption: The Methodology and Inspiration Behind the “Consumer Footprint Calculator. University of California International and Area Studies. Breslauer Symposium. Paper 8.

Jones, C.M., 2005. Emissions of CO2 and Criteria Pollutants from U.S. – Mexico Overland Freight. Masters thesis. Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley.


Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Latin American Studies University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Curriculum Vitae

Jones, C.M., Curriculum Vitae (Feb 2015)

Past Experience

Staff Research Associate, Berkeley Institute of the Environment 2006- 2009