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Bruce Tonn

Fellow, Energy & Environment

PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, Northwestern University

Dr. Bruce Tonn is internationally known for his research and writings in the fields of energy policy, environmental policy, future studies, and decision making under uncertainty. He is ORNL’s Principal Investigator (PI) for the retrospective and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act period evaluations of the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program. He has also lead evaluations of DOE’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program, 48C Clean Manufacturing Tax Credit Program, and Industrial Assessment Center Program. He was the PI on a Baker Center DOE-funded Sunshot project to reduce the non-technical costs of rooftop solar power in Tennessee. Recently, Dr. Tonn served on a National Science Foundation panel that studied the convergence of science and technology. Dr. Tonn is a consulting editor for the journal Futures and is on the editorial board of Sustainability. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Northwestern University.


  • Environmental and energy policy
  • Futures studies,
  • Sustainability
  • Climate change
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Technology policy
  • Computers in society


Tonn, B., Frymier, P., Stiefel, D., Skinner, L., Suwanee, N., and Tuck, R. 2013. “Toward An Infinitely Reusable, Recyclable, and Renewable Industrial Ecosystem,” Journal of Cleaner Production (available on-line).

Tonn, B., Hawkins, B., Schweitzer, M., Eisenberg, J. 2013. Process Evaluation of the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Energy Policy, Vol. 56, 371-381.

Tonn, B. and Stiefel, D. 2013. “Evaluating Methods for Evaluating Existential Risks,” Risk Analysis, Vol. 33, No. 10, 1772-1787.

Tonn, B. and Stiefel, D, 2012. The Future of Governance and the Use of Advanced Information Technologies, Futures 44 812-822.

Tonn, B., Frymier, P., Graves, J., and Myers, J. 2010. “A Sustainable Energy Scenario for the United States: Year 2050,”Sustainability, 2 (12) 3650-3680.


Contact Information

Bruce Tonn

Department of Political Science
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
McClung Tower, Room 1018
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Fax: 865-974-7037

Environmental Sciences Division
Building 1505, MS-6038
Oak Ridge, TN 37831- 6038
Fax: 865-576-8646

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