Richard Munson is the author of Tesla: Inventor of the Modern, and his latest book—Tech to Table: 25 Innovators Reimagining Food—will be released in September 2021. Other publications include From Edison to Enron, which 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. A review of his books can be found at www.richardmunson.com or on Twitter at @dickmunson.
Munson has worked on clean energy and environmental issues for non-profits, in the private sector, 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 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, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Greenleaf Advisors. He’s an emeritus director of Elevate, the Illinois Environmental Council, and the Institute for Health Policy Solutions.