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Garvin Heath

Principal Environmental Engineer and Distinguished Member of the Research Staff

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Garvin Heath is a member of the Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center where he is an expert on life cycle assessment, sustainability analysis, air quality modeling, and circular economy.

Research Interests

Health and environmental impacts of energy technologies

Life cycle assessment

Sustainability analysis


Ph.D., Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley

M.S., Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Professional Experience

Associate Editor, Quantitative Sustainability Assessment section of Frontiers in Sustainability (2020–Present)

Senior Research Associate, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder (2018–Present)

Operating Agent, Task 12: Sustainability, Photovoltaics Power Systems, an International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme (2013–Present)

Senior Scientist, Integral Consulting, Inc. (2006–2007)

Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2003–2006)

Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1994–1999)

Associations and Memberships

Researcher, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

Member, American Center for Life Cycle Assessment

Member, Air and Waste Management Association

Featured Work

Life Cycle Assessment Harmonization, NREL Project (2011–Present)

Biofuel Air Emissions Analysis, NREL Project (2013–Present) 

Techno–ecological synergies of solar energy for global sustainability, Nature Sustainability (2019)

Temporal Variability Largely Explains Top-Down/Bottom-Up Difference in Methane Emission Estimates from a Natural Gas Production Region, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018)

Global Carbon Intensity of Crude Oil Production, Science (2018)

Understanding the Life Cycle Surface Land Requirements of Natural Gas-Fired Electricity, Nature Energy (2017)

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems, Science (2014)

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Awards and Honors

Distinguished Member of the Research Staff, NREL (2021)

Technology Transfer Excellence: Outstanding New Partnership Award, NREL (2019)

Chairman's Award, NREL (2013)

President's Award, NREL (2011)