Kevin Karl is a Research Associate at the Center for Climate Systems Research, focusing on the intersection of food systems and climate change. He also works as an environmental statistics consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy.
Prior to joining CCSR, Mr. Karl was a Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy, where he focused on policy solutions that address pressing issues across food systems, energy systems and climate change. Previously, he was an Associate with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Initiative, where he worked to advance food-based interventions in American healthcare systems. He also co-founded GreenItUp, a start-up that informs online grocery shoppers about the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their individual food purchases.
Mr. Karl has spent the bulk of his career working as a farmer. Most recently, he launched an urban educational farm for a non-profit organization called Growing Gardens. Prior to his work addressing urban food security, he started two farming businesses— one in Canada and one in the U.S.— and is passionate about ecologically regenerative agricultural practices.