Katherine (Kit) Kennedy

Director, Energy & Transportation Program, NRDC

Katherine "Kit" Kennedy

Katherine (“Kit”) Kennedy is director of the Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, with special expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, global warming solutions and air and water pollution. Her major issues are curbing pollution, environmental justice, green enterprise, climate, energy, air and water.

Kit has worked at NRDC for almost twenty-five years. From 2007 to 2010, she took leave to serve as Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she was responsible for the management, supervision, and direction of the New York State Attorney General’s Office Environmental Protection Bureau. Her work at the Attorney General’s Office included work on a diverse and challenging set of environmental issues across new York State and nationally.

Kit Kennedy’s earlier work at NRDC included a wide range of great cross-cutting issues ranging from working to improve New York City’s sewage system to reform its zoning code, fighting water pollution in the Hudson River and bringing scores of enforcement cases across the country.

In November 2012, Kit was appointed to the NYS Ready Commission, one of three climate resilience commissions established by Governor Cuomo after Superstorm Sandy. Kit is also the Timothy B. Atkeson Environmental Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she directs the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. She serves on the board of the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and is a member of the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.

Kit Kennedy is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Kit Kennedy is the 2015 honoree of the Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century for her dedicated environmental policy work not only with the Symposium, but for New York State and the entire country.