Jeff Alson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality

Jeff Alson is a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has worked at EPA since earning his B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University in 1978. Jeff has devoted his career to promoting a more sustainable U.S. transportation system. In the 1980s, he published widely on the challenges involved with new transportation fuels, including co-authoring both a book and an article in Scientific American. In 1997, he first proposed the federal income tax credit for the purchase of hybrids and other high fuel economy vehicles that became law in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In 2010, Jeff helped establish the first-ever CO2 emissions standards of any kind in the U.S., that cover model year 2012-2016 personal vehicles, and he is now working to finalize more stringent CO2 standards for model years 2017-2025 that will effectively double the fuel economy of new personal vehicles relative to 2010. He is also the primary author of EPA's annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends report. Jeff recently received EPA's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.