Melissa Hulting

Director for Industrial Decarbonization, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Melissa is the Director for Industrial Decarbonization. She leads C2ES’s work to support industry, including via the Renewable Thermal Collaborative.

Prior to joining C2ES, Melissa spent over 20 years in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional office in Chicago. Her experience is varied and includes monitoring programs in the Great Lakes, grants management, indoor air quality, air toxics, climate mitigation and adaptation, and partnering with environmental justice stakeholders to address air quality. Toward the end of her tenure at EPA she worked with utilities, efficiency implementers, and governments to promote ENERGY STAR’s industrial program, including a sector-based partnership with the asphalt mix industry, the first ever to be managed by an EPA regional office. She also supported EPA’s implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, particularly the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program, including leading grantee support on addressing emissions from industry.

Melissa has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as a commissioner on her local park district board.