Michael Savonis, former senior policy adviser for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and a leading analyst on greenhouse gas, air pollutants and system resilience in relation to transportation planning and policy, has been appointed to the position of fellow by ICF International. Savonis’ new position will support ICF’s work related to transportation, climate change and sustainability, offering technical assistance and advisory support on a host of projects related to these issues.
Savonis brings more than 25 years of experience to his new position, having established the Department of Transportation Center on Climate Change and, with the Environmental Protection Agency the Alliance for Clean Air and Transportation. He is also the lead author of The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure: Gulf Coast Study, Phase I, a seminal U.S. government report that discusses the weather vulnerabilities of transportation systems in the Gulf Coast region, as well as the effect of natural land subsidence and other regional, environmental factors.
“We are very pleased to add Mike to our team,” said Anne Choate, vice president and leader of ICF’s climate change impacts and adaptation practice. “A strategic leader and accomplished manager, his experience and knowledge will allow him to play a significant role in expanding our portfolio at the nexus of infrastructure, climate change impacts and climate risk management.”
Savonis, a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Cornell University, has received awards for his work from FHWA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EPA and DOT.