The Clean Air Institute Executive Board is led by Dr. Mario Molina, awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995. The Nobel Prize was awarded for his contribution to the discovery of depletion of the Ozone layer which protects the earth from ultraviolet solar radiation. Dr. Mario Molina is one of the most globally influential scientists in the field of climate change and air quality.
Other distinguished members of the Board of Directors are Dr. Alan Lloyd, ex-Secretary of Environment of the State of California, and re-knowned specialist in atmospheric pollution, and Mr. Richard Ayres founder of the Environmental Defense Fund and prestigious environmental lawyer.
Dr. Mario Molina
Dr. Mario Molina was born in Mexico, he finished his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering in Mexico. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Freiburg in Germany. In 1972, he obtained his Doctorate in Chemical Science in the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995, Mario Molina received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his related work in Atmospheric Chemistry and the effects of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the ozone layer depletion. He shared the Nobel Prize with F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen. This was the first time that a Nobel Prize for the research of the impact of artificial objects in the Environment was awarded. After more than sixteen years of research regarding topics of Global Atmospheric Chemistry at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mario Molina moved in 2005 to the University of California in San Diego, and then to Mexico City, where he created a new center of strategic studies of Energy and Environment. Nowadays, Dr. Molina is one of the world experts in air pollution and the effects of chemical pollutants in the environment. He collaborates with colleagues from other disciplines to tackle the problem of rapidly growing cities and the associated problems of atmospheric pollution.
Dr. Alan Lloyd
Dr. Lloyd obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Science and a Doctorate in Gas Kinetics from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom. Dr. Lloyd is the President of the International Council of Clean Transport. He was recently Secretary in the Environmental Protection Agency of California. Dr. Lloyd was previously President of the California Air Resources Board, a branch of the Environmental Protection Agency in California, and was appointed by the governor, Gray Davis, in February 1999 and re-elected by Arnold Schwarzenegger in August 2004. Dr. Lloyd was the Executive Director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Engineering from the Desert Research Institute in the University and the Community College in the Nevada System. Moreover, he was from 1988 to 1996, the Scientific Chief of Air Quality in the South Coast District, where he directed the Technology Advancement Office which financed the private-public associations to foster advanced technologies and cleaner fuels. In 2003 Dr. Lloyd was the President of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and he is the co-founcer of the California stationary fuel collaboration Cell. He is also an ex-president of the Energy Department of United States of America, Hydrogen Advisorty Group (HTAP).
Richard Ayres, Director of the Ayres Law Group in Washington DC, is one of the more distinguished Environmental lawyers in the United States. He has shaped and enforced the Clean Air Law since its creation and he has been involved in many other important laws and the policies related to them. In 1970, Ayres was co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the most influential environmental organizations. Mr. Ayres directed the National Clean Air Coalition during the examination of the Congress of the Clean Air Law in 1977, 1980 and 1990. He developed several discussion panels regarding national policies for air issues. Moreover, he has been honored by the Law School Association and the Association of Environmental Law from Yale University for his outstanding service to the law of public interest.