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Garvin Heath

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Garvin Heath is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Senior Scientist
On staff since January 2008
Phone number: 303-384-7460

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainability analysis
  • Air quality modeling
  • Exposure assessment

Primary research interests

  • Health and environmental impacts of energy technologies, including externalities
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainability

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in energy and resources, UC Berkeley, 2006
  • M.S. in environmental engineering (air quality), UC Berkeley, 2003

Prior work experience

  • Senior Scientist, Integral Consulting Inc., Broomfield CO (2006-2007)
  • Environmental Engineer, U.S. EPA, Washington DC (1994-1999)

Other affiliations

  • Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • International Society of Exposure Analysis

Selected publications

Heath, G.; Sandor, D. (2013). Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electricity Generation (Fact Sheet). 2 pp.; NREL Report No. FS-6A20-57187.

Logan, J.; Heath, G.; Macknick, J.; Paranhos, E.; Boyd, W.; Carlson, K. (2012). Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity. 255 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A50-55538.

Vimmerstedt, L.; Brown, A.; Heath, G.; Mai, T.; Ruth, M.; Melaina, M.; Simpkins, T.; Steward, D.; Warner, E.; Bertram, K.; Plotkin, S.; Patel, D.; Stephens, T.; Vyas, A. (2012). High Penetration of Renewable Energy in the Transportation Sector: Scenarios, Barriers, and Enablers; Preprint. 9 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-54442.

Mai, T.; Wiser, R.; Sandor, D.; Brinkman, G.; Heath, G.; Denholm, P.; Hostick, D.J.; Darghouth, N.; Schlosser, A.; Strzepek, K. (2012). Renewable Electricity Futures Study. Volume 1: Exploration of High-Penetration Renewable Electricity Futures. (Volume 1 of 4). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory 280 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-52409-1.

Macknick, J.; Newmark, R.; Heath, G.; Hallett, K. C. (2011). "Review of Operational Water Consumption and Withdrawal Factors for Electricity Generating Technologies." 29 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-50900.

Burkhardt, J. J.; Heath, G. A.; Turchi, C. S. (2011). "Life Cycle Assessment of a Parabolic Trough Concentrating Solar Power Plant and the Impacts of Key Design Alternatives." Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 45(6), 15 March 2011; pp. 2457-2464; NREL Report No. JA-6A20-48892. doi:10.1021/es1033266

Whitaker, M.; Heath, G. (2010). "Life Cycle Assessment Comparing the Use of Jatropha Biodiesel in the Indian Road and Rail Sectors." 143 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A2-47462.

Hsu, D. D.; Inman, D.; Heath, G. A.; Wolfrum, E. J.; Mann, M. K.; Aden, A. (2010). "Life Cycle Environmental Impacts of Selected US Ethanol Production and Use Pathways in 2022." Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 44(13), 2010; pp. 5289-5297; NREL Report No. JA-510-45915.

Heath, G.; Turchi, C.; Burkhardt, J.; Kutscher, C.; Decker, T. (2009). "Life Cycle Assessment of Thermal Energy Storage: Two-Tank Indirect and Thermocline." 5 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A2-45857.

Williams, P. R. D.; Inman, D.; Aden, A.; Heath, G. A. (2009). "Environmental and Sustainability Factors Associated With Next-Generation Biofuels: What Do We Really Know?." Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 43(13), 2009; pp. 4763-4775; NREL Report No. JA-510-44922.

Whitaker, M.; Heath, G. (2009). "Life-Cycle Assessment of the Use of Jatropha Biodiesel in Indian Locomotives (Revised)." 102 pp.; NREL Report No. SR-6A2-44428.

Additional publications:

Heath, G.; Burkhardt, J.; Turchi, C.; Decker, T.; Kutscher, C. (2009). "LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of Parabolic Trough CSP: Materials Inventory and Embodied GHG Emissions from Two-Tank Indirect and Thermocline Thermal Storage (Presentation)." 15 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A2-46875.

Heath, G.A.; Hsu, D. D.; Inman, D.; Aden, A.; Mann, M. K. (2009). "Life Cycle Assessment of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Ethanol - Global Warming Potential and Environmental Emissions." 9 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A2-45805.

Heath, G.A. and Nazaroff W.W. (2007). "Intake-to-Delivered-Energy Ratios for Central Station and Distributed Electricity Generation in California." Atmospheric Environment, 41:9159–9172. DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.07.055.

Heath, G.A., Granvold, P.W., Hoats, A.S. and Nazaroff, W.W. (2006). "Air Pollutant Exposure Implications of A Shift Toward Distributed Electricity Generation Assessed Through Intake Fractions." Atmospheric Environment 40:7164-7177.

Heath, G.A., Granvold, P.W., Hoats, A.S. and Nazaroff, W.W. (2005). "Quantifying the Air Pollution Exposure Consequences of Distributed Electricity Generation." Final Report to the University of California Energy Institute.

Mendell, M.J. and Heath, G.A. 2004. "Do Indoor Environments In Schools Influence Student Performance? A Critical Review of the Literature." Indoor Air 15(1): 27-52.

Full list of Garvin Heath publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Ultimate Frisbee, Telemark skiing, squash