Heidi Fuchs

Heidi Fuchs

Policy Researcher II


Heidi Fuchs conducts collaborative research to support climate and water resilience across multiple subject domains. She helps lead the Industrial Applications team's energy management systems research portfolio, with current projects including:
  • Understanding behavioral and organizational change at companies implementing energy management systems and communicating their benefits with the aim of increasing their uptake as a path to decarbonization;
  • Advancing knowledge about the risks and resilience of manufacturing water supplies;
  • Advising colleagues on applying social science research methods to various energy-related research questions; and
  • Serving on LBNL's Human Subjects Committee.
Heidi earned her M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to investigating the social dimensions of environmental change and adaptation. Before this, she worked for five years in various capacities in the environmental field in California, south India, Washington, DC, Massachusetts, and Texas, gaining experience in energy and environmental research, policy, and advocacy, water resources and access, geographic information systems, and land management.


M.S., Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., European Studies, Amherst College
Certificate with Distinction in Project Management, UC Berkeley Extension


2023 R&D 100 Award: R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year -  August 29th 2023

The Energy Management Systems Team receives the R&D 100 Professional Team of the Year Award from R&D World for its ongoing international efforts to advance energy management business practices in the commercial, manufacturing, and institutional sectors. The team has collectively built on each other’s strengths to make a profound impact in their respective fields. By leveraging their diverse academic and personal backgrounds, the team has created a technical program that reaches people working in all sectors of the economy. The team has published international standards, conducted original research, delivered technical assistance to organizations globally, developed professional workforce certification programs, and partnered with private and public sector organizations to accelerate the deployment of energy management business practices. The team’s resources and practices have been adopted by tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, including large and small manufacturers, regional hospital groups, government agencies, schools and universities, and corporate and boutique hotel chains. To learn more about energy management system business practices, visit 50001Ready.lbl.gov.


Spot: Heidi Fuchs -  February 22nd 2022

For persistence in developing a robust and scalable data collection system that protects human subjects' privacy while engaging multiple external collaborators.

Spot: Heidi Fuchs -  August 10th 2018

Diligently led the design, review and HARC protocol of surveys that advance the understanding of the barriers that water suppliers and growers in California face to reduce the energy used for groundwater pumping.