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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. Phone: 919-515-5959 Email:

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Richard Sapienza
Clean Transportation Specialist

Rick Sapienza is a Clean Transportation Specialist at the Center. He works under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT), and Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative projects on education and advancement of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Rick brings to the Center more than 20-years of business and industry experience. He has experience in the paper recycling industry with Great Lakes Pulp and Fibrer, 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 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from MIT, as well as an MBA from Michigan State University. Phone: 919-515-2788  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
Policy Analyst

Achyut Shrestha joined the Center in 2014 as a policy analyst. He is currently working on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE). His field of interest lies in energy policy, energy markets, smart grids and energy poverty. Achyut holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree (magna cum laude) in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School (VLS). At his previous work as a research associate at VLS, he analyzed the Smart Grid development in Denmark and researched legal and regulatory framework for different urban microgrids in the United States. As an intern at World Resources Institute (WRI), Achyut worked on a project to assess ratepayer-funded industrial energy efficiency programs. Email: