Education: B.S., Mary Washington College; M.S., Johns Hopkins University
Rebecca Duff is a Senior Research Associate with the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has more than 20 years of experience conducting industry and technology research, with a particular focus on product development, emerging technologies, and policy and market interventions.
She is the lead researcher on the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative. Launched in 2017, the initiative furthers the discussion around the need for businesses and disruptive innovation to decarbonize the global economy. She is the lead author of a series of reports and podcasts which explore the potential for significant technology disruption and decarbonization across key industry sectors by 2060, including: transportation, energy, industrials, and agriculture. She also provided research support to Darden Professor Michael Lenox on his book titled Can Business Save the Earth: Innovating our Way to Sustainability.
Prior to joining Darden in 2017, she managed a team of engineers that developed more than 100 product specifications in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Labeled Products Program. She developed an expertise in energy efficiency across several product areas, including: appliances, HVAC, IT, lighting, and commercial foodservice equipment. She also worked with EPA to launch and expand the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award, which is given to emerging technologies that promise significant carbon emission savings but face barriers to market entry and widespread adoption.
Lenox, Michael & Becky Duff. October 2021. The Decarbonization Imperative: Transforming the Global Economy by 2050. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. Post-COVID: An Opportunity for a Greener Future, July 1, 2020.
Duff, Rebecca. Reimagining Agriculture: A Q&A with Beanstalk Farm, September 19, 2019.
Duff, Rebecca. Innovation Key to Any Green Policy, April 22, 2019.
Duff, Rebecca and Rajkumar Venkatesan. Artificial Intelligence: Marketing's New Moment of Truth, April 9, 2019.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. In the Wake of Policy Rollbacks, Electric Vehicles Roll On, November 1, 2019.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry, Batten Report, August 2019.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector, Batten Report, December 2018.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Electricity Utility Industry, Batten Report, May 2018.
Duff, Rebecca and Michael Lenox. Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Automobile Industry, Batten Report, November 2017.
Research and Relevance, Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry.
Research and Relevance, Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector.
Research and Relevance, Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Electric Utility Industry.
Research and Relevance, Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Automobile Industry.