Nicholas Bianco leads WRI’s efforts with U.S. states and U.S. federal agencies as they work together and in parallel to develop programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has advised the states, provinces and stakeholders engaged in the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord and the Western Climate Initiative. His current areas of research include: the role of states in future federal climate programs; opportunities for, and implications of, regulation of greenhouse gas emissions via existing regulatory authorities; and stacking of payments for ecosystem services (e.g., greenhouse gas offsets).
Nicholas previously worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on climate change and air quality programs. While there, he worked on several market-based air quality and climate change programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a CO2 cap-and-trade program adopted by 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Nicholas Bianco holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University, and a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from Muhlenberg College.