Over his career in energy efficiency and sustainability policy research, Christopher Payne has focused on understanding how decisions related to energy consumption are made, how public policy shapes those decisions, and how energy policy can be made more efficient, effective, and persistent. Dr. Payne is a recognized expert in organizational decision-making related to energy and sustainability, with a research specialty in institutional acquisition processes and their role in clean energy technology adoption. His current projects include:
- Federal acquisition of energy-efficient products
- Institutional procurement of clean energy technologies in California
- State & local government procurement of emerging technologies
In addition to those research topics, Dr. Payne has also been an advocate for greater participation in STEM by under-represented minorities, particularly Native Americans:
Outstanding Performance Award - September 20th 2007
White House Closing the Circle Award - April 22nd 2007
Department of Energy , Federal Energy Management Program, Interagency Sustainability Working Group. High Performance Buildings Through Innovative Policy.