Nikki Springer

Post-Doctoral Associate, MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium
Yale School of Management, MBA, 2018 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, PhD in Environmental Management, 2018
Yale SOM Women in Management

Nikki earned both a MBA and a PhD in Environmental Management from Yale in 2018.  Her dissertation research explored the economic, policy, and environmental drivers of utility-scale renewable energy development on public lands in the western United States.  While at Yale, she was a teaching fellow for numerous courses at both SOM and FES and also worked for the Yale Office of Sustainability.  Prior to Yale, Nikki was part of the facility management team at Walmart’s corporate office and helped develop and implement a number of environmental initiatives throughout the company’s domestic portfolio.  She also has experience at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Walt Disney Imagineering, and several planning and design firms in New York and Shanghai.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT and both a Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Landscape Architecture Harvard University.  She was the 2010 Garvan Chair & Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Authored Articles
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Digging Deeper Into Federal Lands' Renewable Promise

To herald "Key Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy on Public Lands," a report years in the making, CEFF invited Nikki Springer to expand on the themes and challenges in the work she's co-written. In this internal discussion, Nikki highlights the mix of skills CBEY aims to cultivate and shows how...
Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Western Energy Imbalance Market Integrates Solar in Idaho

While solar and wind resources are abundant in the western United States, the region faces technical, operational and management challenges in transitioning to cleaner energy portfolios. Integrating renewable energy into existing electric grids continues to be a difficult hurdle for many electricity markets. When utilities face intermittent renewable energy generation...

Loan-Guarantee Program Fuels Innovative Energy Technology

A secure and responsible energy future relies on innovation. Technological innovation is needed to help increase energy efficiency and advance the energy economy. “De-risking” new energy technologies is a critical step in bringing innovation to market. And this is a step directly addressed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative...
Solar panel on a home

Creative Ways to Finance Solar and Storage Systems

There was a full house when speakers offered strategic advice on energy storage financing at the Solar Power Northeast conference. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) held this conference in Boston on Feb. 5-6. Solar energy storage systems are not yet widely used. And this lack of popularity can make storage...
Electric car

Engineering Clean Energy Infrastructure Is a Balancing Act

The MIT Energy Conference, which took place on March 3-4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, explored the financial and social barriers to the major infrastructure projects that are required to support next-generation energy investments. Speakers analyzed the many changes that stakeholders face when they start expanding their use of renewable energy and...