Margaret Cherne-Hendrick

Senior Science Policy Associate

515A, Questrom School of Business,595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Margaret’s work at the Institute spans two flagship projects. The first is the Carbon Free Boston Initiative, which aims to inform the City of Boston’s decarbonization efforts as it works to achieve a carbon neutral status by 2050. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the City of Boston have engaged the Institute to build technical models of the buildings, electric power, transportation, and waste sectors that quantify the most effective combination of technology and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in each sector. The results of this modeling will be released in a stand-alone Carbon Free Boston report and will inform portions of the City’s next Climate Action Plan Update.

The second is an integrated urban water management grant with the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Texas, which examines the economic and financial aspects of implementing a One Water approach in water-stressed regions across the state. This grant supports a three-year scope of work which will culminate in an expanded revenue model that will function as a toolbox for utilities, providing analysis of different revenue and cost trajectories based on a variety of urban water management strategies, including some that typically fall outside today’s utility framework. This will be a practical tool that supports effective implementation of One Water.

In partnership with Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment and Initiative on Cities, Margaret also collaborates on a “smart utilities” NSF grant that aims to inform best practices in revitalizing aging infrastructure, implementing novel infrastructure, and integrating built and natural elements of the urban environment.

Margaret is particularly interested in working at the intersection of science and policy to affect global climate change. She is an elected member of the Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter Executive Committee and has consulted on several MA Senate Bills, a City of Boston Ordinance, multiple NGO environmental campaigns, and a MassDEP regulation and MassDPU rule-making proceeding.

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Ph.D., Geography, Boston University
M.S., Organismal Biology and Ecology, University of Montana
B.A., Biology, Reed College

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