Richard Munson


Richard Munson is the author of Tech to Table: 25 Innovators Reimagining Food, 2021 book that profiles entrepreneurs changing how we farm and what we eat, driving solutions to the biggest problems created by industrialized food. His Tesla: Inventor of the Modern reveals the man who transformed our world with the invention of electric motors, radio, robots, and remote control; the biography was translated into about a dozen languages. Other publications: From Edison to Enron recounts the history of electricity, Cardinals of Capitol Hill traces the machinations of congressional appropriators who control government spending, and Cousteau: The Captain and His World examines the ocean explorer and filmmaker. Reviews of his books can be found at www​.richard​mun​son​.com or on Twitter at @dickmunson.

Munson has worked on clean energy and environmental issues for non-profits, in the private sector, at universities, and on Capitol Hill. He most recently was senior director of the Environmental Defense Fund, where he advanced smart power in the Midwest. He has been senior vice president at Recycled Energy Development (RED), a Chicago-based firm that seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing waste energy. In Washington, D.C., he coordinated the Northeast-Midwest Institute and Congressional and Senate Coalitions, bipartisan caucuses that conduct policy research and draft legislation on brownfields redevelopment, energy, environmental, water quality, and manufacturing issues. He also has been a coordinator of Sun Day, Solar Lobby, Environmental Action Foundation, and the University of Michigan’s Pilot Program. 

Munson has received awards from Smart Grid Today, Great Lakes Commission, U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association, and American Small Manufacturers Coalition. He now sits on the boards of the Hinsdale Public Library, Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Greenleaf Advisors. He’s an emeritus director of Elevate, Illinois Environmental Council, and Institute for Health Policy Solutions. 


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