About the Institute

Founded in 2003, the Prometheus Institute is a non-partisan US-based non-profit delivering insight and action dedicated to achieve simultaneous and universal economic, industrial, environmental, and societal improvement.

Our Vision

Our goal is to accelerate the deployment of socially-beneficial sustainable resource technologies – including those of energy, water, food, and materials – by improving the choices of relevant industry participants, change agents, and policymakers. We achieve our mission by collecting and disseminating reliable data, quantitative analysis, and practical information about these industries, as well as synthesizing this knowledge into cutting edge insight and actions.

Today, the Institute strives to be the world’s leading source of data and insight on the entire cleantech sector, supply chain, financial mechanisms, and end-markets through a series of data collection and dissemination projects and the publication of books, research reports, lectures, and tailored strategic input for key decision makers.  It also catalyzes the use of these by partnering with or forming other organizations to deploy useful solutions, as required.

Our History

Founded in 2003 by Travis Bradford, a former private equity and hedge fund executive, the Institute was created to fill a need for reliable data, quantitative analysis and practical information about the renewable energy industry. This lack of information is a limitation to the growth of the field and inhibits economic support for sustainability, and the Institute was created to provide this vital information and thereby accelerate the transition to widespread use of these sustainable technologies. Since its founding, the Institute has delivered the following results:

  • Books – published Solar Revolution and finishing upcoming books on Global Transportation and Water
  • Electric Sector Research – developed the world’s best series of Solar market research (published through GTM Research), reports on Ocean Energy, etc
  • Transportation Sector Research – wrote timely market research on biofuels and electric vehicles
  • Strategic Advisory – provided start-ups, venture funds, bankers, policy makers, NGOs, IGOs, and the press with vital sector insights
  • Launched Greentech Media – spinning out the research group of the Institute in 2008 formed the core of this
    leading cleantech media and market research firm
  • Established the Carbon War Room – in partnership with Richard Branson and Virgin Unite, we launched this “do tank” to harness entrepreneurship and markets for climate change impact
  • NGO Fiscal Sponsor – for multiple organizations, including the Global Observatory

Our President

Travis Bradford, Founder, President, and Director

Travis is  the founder and president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch many organizations, including Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.

Travis Bradford is also the Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.  He is a full-time Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, teaching energy and natural resource markets and innovation at SIPA, CBS, and the Earth Institute.

Previously, Travis has been a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs, and has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S. His published works include “Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry”, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on many aspects of the global energy industry.

Travis earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1996. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve, as a partner at various public and private equity investment firms, and as a board member of numerous publicly traded, private, and non-profit firms in the US and abroad.

Contact Us

General Information

The Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development
520 W. 112th St., 16th Floor
New York NY 10025

Email: tbradford*AT*prometheus.org

General Inquiries

The Prometheus Institute welcomes all contact about any related topics to the issues of sustainable development. We also welcome the chance to work with others in the sustainable development community on projects of a wide interest and scope. Please feel free to contact us at the addresses above.

Media Inquiries

Reporters, please contact Travis Bradford via email (tbradford*AT*prometheus.org) or phone (+1.646.247.5605).

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