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Affiliation: 
Torrie Smith Associates
Expertise: 
local srategies for greenhouse gas emission reduction

Biography

Ralph Torrie is the President of Torrie Smith Associates and an internationally recognized expert in the field of energy and sustainable development. The methods and conventions he has developed for the strategic analysis of air emission reduction strategies at the local government level are used throughout the world. He is the co-inventor of software for strategic planning of air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction that has been translated into several languages and is used in more than 300 cities on all five continents. He has been engaged as both a research and advocate for soft energy paths since the late 1970s, and several of his articles on safe energy futures have been published in Alternatives, dating back to 1977. He works and lectures throughout the world, has numerous publications, and in 2002 was a recipient of the Canadian Environment Silver Award for his work on climate change.