Luis Cifuentes Lands Spot on Forbes Chile's '30 Sustainable Minds' List
The UC Chile Engineering professor is one of the four Chileans on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.
UC Chile Industrial and Systems Engineering professor Luis Cifuentes was chosen by Forbes Chile Magazine among the “30 Sustainable Minds of Chile”, honoring those who lead projects and actions to protect the environment in the country.
Cifuentes who is a researcher at the UC Chile Global Change Center and has a PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, is one of the four Chileans of the IPCC team that won the Nobel Peace Prize alongside former Vice-President Al Gore in 2007.
He has worked on projects on how to strengthen capacities to face climate challenges in Chile and the cost of mitigating climate change in the country. He also contributed to the formulation of the proposal of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
His research work has been required to support public decision-making in areas such as environmental risk assessment and management, health, and safety.
In addition, his work on air pollution has aided decontamination efforts in certain Chilean cities. Cifuentes has also contributed to the development of environmental standards on fine particles, among other regulations.
The Forbes list was compiled with the help of representatives from various organizations working for sustainability, and the selection process considered people who have contributed to the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, from academia to civil society.
Others on the list include UC Chile engineers Felipe Cevallos of Reborn Electric, Sebastián Goldschimdt of NILUS, Eduardo della Maggiora of Betterfly, Rosario Hevia of Ecocitex, Hernán Hochschild of Kyklos Chile, and Constanza Levicán of Suncast.