Richard Kassel

Rich Kassel

Managing Director

Rich directs Capalino's Clean Energy and Sustainability group, advising businesses and nonprofit clients on a wide range of issues to help them thrive in the New York market.


At Capalino, Rich works with companies and non-profit groups to develop low-carbon, sustainable business strategies and to facilitate the adoption of innovative building, energy, resiliency, transportation and water technologies.  Rich’s clients range from start-up companies developing first-ever projects to Fortune 500 companies evolving their businesses towards a low-carbon future.

Rich has been a leader in the environmental community for more than three decades, including 21 years as a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  At NRDC, he directed the organization’s federal and global fuel and vehicle advocacy, and led its work on many of New York’s most important clean air, transportation, open space, and other environmental issues. He currently co-chairs EPA’s technical review subcommittee on transportation and air quality issues, and serves on the boards of several environmental organizations.

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Posts By Rich Kassel

Building Resiliency to Protect New York from Climate Change

On August 9, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its strongest statement yet that human-generated changes in the Earth’s climate

Can the Latest Climate News Catalyze a More Sustainable Future? Capalino Says Yes!

State of the New York Environment: Governor Cuomo Unveils the Nation’s Boldest Clean Energy Program

State of the New York Environment 2021: Governor Cuomo Expands the Nation’s Boldest Clean Energy Program

Why Maintaining New York’s Clean Energy Commitment is Critical

Earth Day Turns 50: New York Continues to Lead the Way


Pushing New York’s Climate Goals Forward in the Face of COVID-19

State of the Environmental City: Making New York City the Hub of New York’s Offshore Wind Industry by Capalino

State of the Environmental City: Making New York City the Hub of New York’s Offshore Wind Industry

EES Globe- Governor Cuomo Climate Change and New York Building Efficiency

State of the Environmental State: Governor Cuomo’s Ambitious Plans to Combat Climate Change and Grow New York's Green Economy

Capalino Clean Energy Expert Rich Kassel on Climate Week in New York

Climate Week in New York: Opportunities for Leadership Ahead

Capalino Green Building byEnergy, Environment + Sustainability

Breaking the Green Ceiling: New York Passes the Most Ambitious Climate Law in the Nation


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