The Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) uses science, policy analysis and strategic communications to promote sound energy policy.
Founded in 2010 by Dr. Mary Stuart Booth, an ecologist formerly at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and Richard Wiles, a co-founder of EWG, PFPI provides science and legal support so that citizen groups, environmental organizations, and policymakers can better understand energy development impacts on air quality, ecosystems, and the climate. Our current work focuses on biomass energy.
Dr. Mary S. Booth, PhD. Director. Dr. Booth received her Bachelor’s and Masters degrees at the University of Massachusetts, and her doctoral degree in Ecology at Utah State University, focusing on biogeochemistry and plant ecophysiology. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Ecosystems Center at the Woods Hole Biological Laboratory and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, working in Alaska and Uganda. Her work in ecology incorporates approaches at several scales, from GIS-based watershed modeling down to soil microbial nutrient cycling.
Dr. Booth’s research on bioenergy includes analysis of biomass power greenhouse gas, air pollutant, and forest impacts. Working with Environmental Working Group, she authored “Clearcut Disaster” an analysis of the carbon and forest implications of biomass build-out in the Waxman Markey climate bill. With Clean Air Task Force, she authored a review of the Manomet Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy Study. She has worked with a number of environmental groups to provide input on EPA regulation of greenhouse gas and conventional pollutant emissions from bioenergy, and regularly assists citizen groups with analysis of biomass plant air permits.
Dusty Horwitt Senior Counsel. A veteran of energy policy, attorney Horwitt has used his experience in journalism, law and politics to conduct investigative research and advocacy on metal mining, oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. His work helped protect the Grand Canyon and Colorado River from uranium mining and the state of New York from unsafe shale gas drilling. He has testified on metal mining reform before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He has testified on natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing before the New York City Council and local government panels in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Horwitt worked at Earthworks and Environmental Working Group as an analyst and senior counsel, as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago and as a congressional staff member. He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in History and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Gordon Clark Campaign and Communications Director. A veteran organizer and manager for social justice and environmental issues, Mr. Clark has previously served as Executive Director of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace and disarmament organization, along with stints as Field Director of the Congress Watch division of Public Citizen and Coordinator with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In 2008 Mr. Clark ran for Congress to bring attention to the issue of climate change, and more recently he founded and directs Montgomery Victory Gardens, an advocacy and educational project devoted to building a more sustainable, local food system in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Lynn Scharf GIS Analyst. Lynn specializes in natural resource modeling and conservation GIS. She has nearly 10 years of experience working with non-profits including The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Village Earth, Natureserve, and others. Lynn hold a Masters degree in Geography and GIS from The University of Maryland.