Research Associates and other full-time, non-student employees of UC Berkeley

Betsy Phillips

(formerly) Outreach Coordinator
Bio and Research Interests: 

Betsy was the Program Coordinator for the CoolCalifornia Challenge within the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

Betsy was born and raised in Oakhurst, CA, a small town approximately 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park. Since then, she has lived in Seattle, Stockton and the East Bay Area.

Betsy’s general interests include sustainable consumption, behavioral psychology, organic agriculture, political ecology, bioethics, and socio-environmental relations. She is particularly an expert in sustainable behavior and looks forward to the promising future of the field.

Betsy’s hobbies include reading, gardening, and dancing ballet, although her favorite activity is hiking and playing with her two dogs, a Chocolate Labrador and a Terrier Mix.


College of Alameda: AA in Liberal Arts (2010)
College of Alameda: AA in Social Science (2010)
University of California, Berkeley: BS in Society and Environment (2012)

Past Experience: 

Manager: Bliss Boutique 2001-2003
Store Manager: American Eagle 2003-2004
District Manager, Buyer, Designer: Nero Q Management 2005-2006
Personal Banker: Bank of America 2007-2010

Sophia Ashton

(formerly) Outreach Coordinator
Bio and Research Interests: 

Sophia was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Environmental Sciences. She was an outreach coordinator for the CoolClimate Network in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Sophia’s research interests include effective education strategies regarding the impact of resource consumption, methods to better engage individuals with their carbon footprint, and energy efficiency design and implementation.


University of California, Berkeley: B.S. in Environmental Science (2012)

Past Experience: 

Sophia's past experience includes private industry research on social perceptions of environmental issues such as electricity generation. In addition, Sophia has worked with non- profit organizations to research urban forest mortality and water usage in the west.

Hazel Onsrud

(formerly) Research Associate
Bio and Research Interests: 

As part of the research staff at RAEL's CoolClimate network, Hazel supported the creation of the Local Government Decision Support Tool and the CoolCalifornia Challenge.

She has developed an exceptional skill set from a wide range of work experience along with a rare combination of studies in both technical and social fields. Her areas of expertise include web development, international relations, database management, user interface design, international literature, graphic design, carbon footprint analysis and sustainable community development.

In her free time Hazel has pursued a variety of DIY projects, hosts dinner parties and explores the area for new cultural or outdoor events. She is also a passionate advocate of open source software, linked data and best practices for ensuring equal access to public information on the web.


University of New Brunswick: B.A. in World Literature & culture Studies (2005)
University of New Brunswick: B.A. in International & Development Studies (2005)
University of New Brunswick: minor in Geomatics (2005)
University of California, Berkeley: M.S. in Information Management and Systems (2009)
University of California, Berkeley: M.S. in Energy and Resources (2011)

Past Experience: 

Research Assistant, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick 2005 - 2007

Mia Yamauchi

(formerly) Web Development Coordinator
Bio and Research Interests: 

Mia Yamauchi oversaw the development of web-based tools produced by the CoolClimate Network at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California, Berkeley. She was also the Program Manager for the 2012 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference. Her research interests include sustainable urban planning, the climate impacts of diet, and the potential for behavior change to mitigate global warming.

Outside of work her interests and activities include reading, jogging, social dancing, drawing, cooking and sewing.

Mia managed the CoolClimate Network partnerships with local governments, and environmental organizations. She also oversees and coordinates the user interface design, content framing, web programming and support for web-based carbon management tools from CCN.


University of California, Berkeley B.A. in American Studies - Urban Sustainability (2010)

Past Experience: 

CoolClimate Outreach & Parternship Coordinator (May 2010 - Mar 2012)
CoolClimate Calculator Research Assistant (Dec 2008- May 2010)
Environmental Web Portal Intern UC Berkeley Institute of the Environment (May 2008 - Dec 2008)

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:

Christopher M. Jones. Enabling Low Carbon Communities: The Roles of Smart Planning Tools and Place-Based Solutions. Ph.D. Dissertation. Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley. 2014.

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)

Email Address:
Past Experience: 

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

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