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Nora Maccoby

Energy Strategist and Filmmaker

Nora Maccoby is an energy strategist and an award-winning filmmaker.

In 2002, she began working with the local government in Grenada, West Indies, to develop clean energy solutions. She co-founded Nature’s Partners (2004) and The Green Salon (2006) — and has spent the last five years working primarily with the U.S. Department of Defense as a Senior Communications Specialist.

Ms. Maccoby is a member of The Energy Consensus, and serves on the board of The International Fund for China’s Environment. Her book, "The Energy Conversation: The First 3 Years," is available online at

Her short film "Dropping the Bomb on My Street" received the Youth Jury: Leopard of Tomorrow award at Locarno Film Festival in 1994. She went on to co-write "Bongwater" (Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Brittany Murphy) and "Buffalo Soldiers" (Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin), which won The Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2004.

Ms. Maccoby was born in Mexico City and grew up in Washington, D.C., where she graduated from The Sidwell Friends School. She received a BA in Theater from Oberlin College and an MFA in Film Directing from The American Film Institute, where she won numerous awards.

Articles by Nora Maccoby

John McCain’s Battle Against a Green Navy for Blue Oceans

Why does a seemingly arcane intra-bureaucratic spat over alternative fuels in the United States matter to a global audience?

July 9, 2012

The U.S. Military and China as Environmental Soul Mates

Is an unlikely bond forming between the United States and China when it comes to the environment?

January 18, 2011