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Sallie Greenberg

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Associate Director

Energy Research & Development

Illinois State Geological Survey/University of Illinois


phone: 217-244-4068

Sallie Greenberg is the principal investigator for the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) and serves as the Director of the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of the US Department of Energy’s seven regional sequestration partnerships. As the Associate Director of Energy Research and Development at the Illinois State Geological Survey, Sallie leads a team of scientists engaged in carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects. Sallie has more than 20+ years of experience in environmental geology with a focus on understanding the societal implications of natural resource utilization and climate change issues. For more than ten years she has created and implemented knowledge sharing and capacity building programs to publically engage stakeholders in carbon capture, utilization, and storage with the long-term goal of advancing the deployment of commercial-scale projects. Her combined training as an environmental geologist and a geoscience educator provide a unique perspective on understanding public challenges related to climate change, carbon sequestration, and energy. Her work focuses on understanding social components of complex geological issues, though program evaluations and stakeholder engagement. Sallie holds advanced degrees in geology and education.


University of Illinois, Secondary and Continuing Education, PhD. 2013
University of Illinois, Geology, MS, 1997
Alfred University, Geology and Environmental Science, BS 1994

Professional Experience

2014 – Present. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Energy Research & Development — Associate Director
2013-2015 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Illinois Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative (I-STEM) —Research fellow
2009-present. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-Illinois State Geological Survey—Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP), Director
2009-2014. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-Illinois State Geological Survey—Advanced Energy Technology Initiative—Assistant Director
2007-2009. Illinois State Geological Survey—Earth and Energy Resources Center—Sequestration Communications Coordinator
2000-2009. Illinois State Geological Survey—Earth and Energy Resources Center—Associate Scientist

• U.S. Department of Energy – Principal Investigator, An Assessment of Geological Carbon Sequestration in the Illinois Basin, carried out through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, a U.S. Department of Energy Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Phases I, II, and III (FC26-05NT42588), $98,857,017. 2003-2017

• U.S. Department of Energy – Principal Investigator, Development and Implementation of the MGSC CO2-Technology Transfer Center, (DE-FE0002462), $994,991. 2009-2014.

• International Organization for Standards, ISO TC 265 CCS Standards Development, US Technical Committee, Working Group 3 (Storage), and Working Group 5 (Cross-cutting issues), voting member. Chairperson – Communications Committee. Working Group 3 Editorial Committee - Coordinator. 2013-2016

• Advisory Board Member, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) for Pilot CO2 Storage Project International Advisory Committee. 2015-2018

• International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas (IEAGHG) International CCS Summer School, July 17-23, 2011. Champaign, Illinois, Conference Organizer.

• US Senate Testimony, Testimony given before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding S. 699 and S.757. May 12, 2011.

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