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Art Samberg
Clean Power & Efficiency Project Coordinator

Art Samberg is a Clean Power and Efficiency project coordinator at the Center, specializing in combined heat and power, renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency projects. Art’s role is to conduct outreach and provide technical and feasibility assessments to facilities that are considering deployment of clean power and/or energy efficiency upgrades. Art received his Masters Degree in meteorology from Rutgers University and has spent most of his career providing air quality and environmental permitting and consulting services to the power generating and renewable energy industries. Email:

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Richard Sapienza
Director, Clean Transportation Program

As the Director of the Center’s Clean Transportation Program, Rick Sapienza works in collaboration with industry, government and academia to expand alternative fuels, advanced transportation technologies, and alternative fuels infrastructure throughout North Carolina, the Southeast and North America.  Rick has more than 30-years of business and industry experience.  He has paper recycling industry experience in business strategy and consulting with Great Lakes Pulp and Fibre, government sector experience in technology development and application with Draper Lab, and auto industry experience in vehicle testing, advanced vehicle development and program management with General Motors.  His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Ocean Engineering from MIT, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University. Email:

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David Sarkisian
Policy Analyst

David Sarkisian joined the Center as a Policy Analyst in 2015. He is currently working on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE). David received his B.A. in public policy from Duke University and completed a J.D. and a Master of Science in Environmental Science degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar. David’s field of interest includes energy efficiency, smart grids, behavioral effects on energy use, and administrative law. He has previously worked with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor developing smart grid policy. He has also interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where his work included analyzing regulatory innovation projects and developing recognition-based incentive programs. Email:

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Achyut Shrestha
Senior Policy Analyst

Achyut Shrestha is the Principal Investigator for the Community Solar for the Southeast project. As a part of the energy policy team, he contributes to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), 50 States reports, and other policy team initiatives. He previously led the efforts to secure funding to develop GIS based energy optimization tool for local government in North Carolina. Achyut holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School (VLS). His field of interest lies in energy policy, energy markets, smart grids, and energy poverty. Email: