Andrew P. Jones
Executive Director, Co‑Founder

Andrew Jones is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Climate Interactive and a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan. An expert on international climate and energy issues, he is a system dynamics modeler and designer of simulation-based learning environments.

Trained in environmental engineering and system dynamics modeling through a B.A. at Dartmouth College and a M.S. in Technology and Policy at MIT, he worked in the 1990s at Rocky Mountain Institute and in the 2000s with Dana Meadows at Sustainability Institute. He teaches system dynamics at MIT Sloan and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He and his team at Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan developed C-ROADS and En-ROADS, two user-friendly climate simulations in use by analysts around the world. His interviews have appeared in multiple media, including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and NPR’s Morning Edition.

Jones has written two op-eds in the Sunday New York Times — one on building grounded hope and another in the form of an interactive simulation.

He co-accepted the ASysT Applied Systems Thinking Prize for “a significant accomplishment achieved through the application of systems thinking to a problem of U.S. national significance” and the System Dynamics Society’s Applications Award for the best real-world application of modeling. He is the 1990 recipient of Dartmouth College’s Ray W. Smith Award for the most significant contribution to the status of the College.

He lives with his family in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

Work Examples
Plenary Stage Presentation
En-ROADS Climate Workshop for attendees of Trust Conference
“The Magical Thinking of McCarthy’s Trillion-Tree Plan to Solve Climate Change”
Podcast: EcoRight Speaks
“Climate Interactive Co-Founder Andrew Jones”
Radio Interview
Andrew Jones speaks on the impact of planting a trillion trees using analysis from the En-ROADS climate solutions simulator
“Stopping Climate Change is Hopeless. Let’s Do it.”
15-minute Workshop
En-ROADS Climate Workshop for attendees of the Ocean Race Summit
“Got a new climate policy? Try testing it out first”
4-minute Radio Interview with Ailsa Chang
“What would it take to avert the dire situation described in the UN Climate Report” on All Things Considered
Interview with Edie Lush showing the En-ROADS simulator
Andrew Jones with Hub Culture at COP26 Glasgow
TED-style Talk: “Game for Survival”
Creative Mornings 30-minute talk
“Role-playing urgency: bridging climate change knowledge and action?” by Adam Fleischmann
Podcast: Talking Culture
“Possibility and Climate Change” — Episode hosted by Adam Fleischmann
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“Science-based analysis for climate action: how HSBC Bank uses the En-ROADS climate policy simulation”
Interactive Graphic
“Can you stay within the world’s climate budget?”
TV Interview: Al Jazeera
How should we face the challenge of climate change?
Presentation: The Sierra Club
“Ten Reasons for Hope” – Presentation for Asheville Sierra Club
5-minute Radio Interview
“How U.N. Climate Negotiations are like splitting a bar tab” on NPR Morning Edition
TEDxAsheville: A Hope Trajectory for Climate Change
Simulating Climate Hope — Using the C-ROADS simulator to explore what it would take to address climate change
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“The Climate Action Simulation”
Opinion piece: System Dynamics Society Blog
“Top 10 Tips to Engage People with a System Dynamics Model”
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: Evidence from the World Climate simulation”
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“Ratcheting Ambition to Limit Warming to 1.5°C – Trade-Offs between Emission Reductions and Carbon Dioxide Removal”
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“Management flight simulators to support climate negotiations”
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“World Climate: A Role-Play Simulation of Climate Negotiations”
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article
“Climate Interactive: the C-ROADS climate policy model”
Interactive Graphic
“The Stakes in the Paris Climate Deal: What Might Other Countries Do?”
Rally Speech: Learning From Climate Change
350 Days of Action Rally in Asheville, NC – Learning From Climate Change
Award: Prospect Magazine
Climate Interactive named top US Energy and Environment Think Tank
Award: System Dynamics Society
System Dynamics Application Award for the best real-world application system dynamics and modeling
Video: Stanford University
Video of Andrew running “World Energy” exercise with 125 Stanford graduate students
“Acting on Interdependence”
Opinion Piece: The Dartmouth
“Secret confessions of a disillusioned recycler”
Origin Story: New York Times
Covering the “Carry Your Trash” experiment of 1989
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