Our Role

I3 is committed to achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 — the target set by the United States and other nations.

Who we are

Our mission: A net-zero carbon economy by 2050, which requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. I3 aims to advance solutions key to decarbonizing the industrial sector by midcentury through policy development and implementation; technology demonstration and adoption; and demand-side market development at state, regional, and federal levels.

Our values: I3 values a stable climate, a safe and healthy environment, thriving livelihoods for American workers, and a strong U.S. economy. The policies I3 supports, therefore, focus on putting American industry on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by midcentury, high-wage job retention and creation, technology leadership, and economic competitiveness.

Our focus: Supporting policies that put American industry on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by midcentury, high-wage job retention and creation, technology leadership, and economic competitiveness. This includes education, advocacy, and research to support the implementation of policy priorities and technology deployment — advancing solutions for decarbonizing the industrial sector by midcentury.

What we do

I3 advances decarbonization solutions important to industrial sectors, including carbon management, hydrogen and other low- and zero-carbon feedstocks and fuels, electrification, energy efficiency, and low-carbon procurement. We promote industrial decarbonization through engagement, consensus, and advocacy:

Diverse stakeholder engagement across industry, technology, and power companies; environmental and labor organizations; and state officials.

Consensus-based strategies and federal and state recommendations that promote decarbonization in industry.

Collaborative education and advocacy to promote the adoption of policy recommendations and support the development and deployment of decarbonization projects and initiatives.

Our Members

Diverse and innovative — reflecting the scope and complexity of the decarbonization challenge and encompassing a broad range of stakeholder participation to identify meaningful and lasting solutions.

Involved and invested — including nearly 30 key industry and power companies energy and environmental non-governmental organizations, labor unions, state officials, and other stakeholders, to advance cross-cutting strategies, policies, and programs for achieving industrial decarbonization. 

  • Air Company
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Boston Metal
  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Clean Air Task Force
  • ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Dow Chemical
  • Electrified Thermal Solutions
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Growth Energy
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
  • Holcim US
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America
  • LanzaTech
  • Leilac
  • Minnesota Power
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nuclear Innovation Alliance
  • Oxy Low Carbon Ventures
  • Poet
  • Portland Cement Association
  • Renewable Fuels Association
  • Shell
  • Third Way
  • United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

Our Conveners

I3 is a diverse stakeholder group co-convened by Great Plains Institute (GPI) and World Resources Institute (WRI).

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Great Plains Institute (GPI) accelerates the transition to net-zero carbon emissions for the benefit of people, the economy, and the environment. Working across the US, we combine a unique consensus-building approach, expert knowledge, research and analysis, and local action to find and implement lasting solutions. Our work strengthens communities and provides greater economic opportunity through the creation of higher-paying jobs, expansion of the nation’s industrial base, and greater domestic energy independence while eliminating carbon emissions. Learn more at www.betterenergy.org.

WRI is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We envision an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources. WRI aspires to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people. Learn more at www.wri.org.

Our Team

The work of the Industrial Innovation Initiative (I3) has grown out of the history and track record of Great Plains Institute (GPI) and World Resources Institute (WRI) building support for energy and climate policies in energy-producing, industrial and agricultural regions of the country. GPI and WRI jointly facilitate the Initiative, together staffing I3.

Jill Syvrud

Senior Program Manager – Carbon Management, GPI

David Soll

Industrial Decarbonization Manager, GPI

Kate Sullivan

Senior Program Coordinator – Carbon Management, GPI

Patrice Lahlum

Vice President (Interim), Carbon Management, GPI

Angela Anderson

Director of Industrial Innovation and Carbon Removal, WRI

Debbie Weyl

Deputy Director, WRI

Katie Lebling


Zachary Byrum

Research Analyst, WRI

Carrie Dellesky

Program and Outreach Manager, Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation

Ankita Gangotra

Associate, WRI

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Ankita Gangotra, Associate, WRI

Dr. Ankita Gangotra Associate, WRI United States Dr. Ankita Gangotra is an Associate in WRI’s US Climate Program, researching avenues to decarbonize the industrial sector, focusing on cement and steel decarbonization, environmental trade policies and international cooperation. Prior to joining WRI, Ankita was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Foreign Service and the Department of Physics at Georgetown University. Her research looked at the readily available technology and policy options for upgrading low-carbon cement production in the United States. Ankita has an integrated Master's in Electronics Engineering with Nanotechnology from the University of York, UK (2015) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2020). During her time in New Zealand, Ankita interned at the Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor looking into equity, diversity and inclusion policy options for New Zealand’s science, research and innovation workforce.

Carrie Dellesky, Program and Outreach Manager, Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation

Carrie Dellesky is the Program and Outreach Manager for Carbon Removal and Industrial Innovation. She develops strategies to advance policies and practices for scaling up a suite of carbon removal approaches and decarbonizing the industrial sector. She engages allies and builds and expands partnerships to mobilize champions and enhance visibility, action and impact. She also leads communications to amplify research and thought leadership, including messaging, media relations, event planning, social media and digital strategy.

Zachary Byrum, Research Analyst, WRI United States

Zachary Byrum is a Research Analyst in WRI's U.S. Climate Program, where he provides technology and policy analysis for carbon removal and deep decarbonization. His work focuses on pathways to reduce industrial emissions as well as bolstering technological carbon removal. Prior to WRI, Zach was a research assistant in the Carbon Management Research Initiative at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In the preceding years, he served as White House Intern in the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration and then an assistant analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. Zach holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Goucher College.

Katie Lebling, Associate

WRI United States. Katie Lebling is an Associate in WRI's Climate Program where she works on research and analysis of technological carbon removal approaches and industrial decarbonization. Before joining WRI, she worked at The Asia Group, and interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and the Treasury Department’s Office of Environment and Energy. She holds a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Energy, Resources, and the Environment, where she spent one year of the program studying in Nanjing, China, and has a B.A. from Colby College in Biology and Chinese language.

Debbie Weyl, Deputy Director, WRI United States

Debbie Karpay Weyl is the Deputy Director for WRI U.S. She previously served as Manager for the Buildings Initiative at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She led an expanding global partnership to accelerate building energy efficiency in cities around the world. She also contributed to program management and development, research, and knowledge exchange for urban energy efficiency and sustainability. Debbie joined WRI from CLASP, a global non-profit organization that improves the environmental and energy performance of appliances, lighting and equipment. From 2011-2016 Debbie managed and developed global programs, led research projects, and facilitated collaboration among international experts and other representatives in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining CLASP, Debbie worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she was a contractor supporting building efficiency and other energy efficiency programs in the United States. Debbie holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Politics (Political Economy and International Relations) from Princeton University.

Angela Anderson, Director of Industrial Innovation and Carbon Removal, WRI United States

Angela Anderson is the Director of Industrial Innovation and Carbon Removal in the Climate Program. She leads WRI's growing portfolio of work in industrial decarbonization and carbon removal and aims to change narratives around “hard-to-abate” sectors and promote the natural and technological interventions required to achieve net-zero targets. Prior to joining WRI, Angela worked as a program director, coalition builder, international advocate, and campaign strategist. She led the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists for ten years; facilitated US-NGO engagement in the international climate negotiations while at US Climate Action Network and at the Pew Environmental Trust; and founded Clear the Air, a national coalition to reduce pollution from power plants. Angela holds a B.A. in political science from Colorado State University.

Patrice Lahlum, Vice President (Interim), Carbon Management, Great Plains Institute (GPI)

Patrice Lahlum is the President/Owner of Riverwind Consulting, LLC, based in West Fargo, ND, and provides clients with a wide range of consulting services including marketing, communications and policy development and analysis. Current areas of focus are agriculture, energy, natural resources, and organizational development. Lahlum currently works as a consultant to the Great Plains Institute (GPI) on their communications, transmission and biomass programs. Named as one of the region’s “40 Under 40” business leaders by Prairie Business Magazine in 2011, Lahlum has more than 15 years of experience in agriculture and energy policy, project management, public relations, fundraising, media (conventional and social) outreach, group consensus development and facilitation. Renewable energy is a significant focus of Lahlum’s work, having led the effort to organize the first ever renewable energy summit in North Dakota. That summit led to the creation of the North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy (NDARE). Lahlum served as the elected chair of NDARE from 2009-2012 and served on the board of directors from 2008-2012.

Kate Sullivan, Senior Program Coordinator – Carbon Management, Great Plains Institute (GPI), With GPI since 2019

Kate Sullivan joined the Great Plains Institute in 2019. As Senior rogram Coordinator, Kate uses her analytical and design skills to provide research, writing, and logistical support across the Carbon Management team. Prior to joining GPI, Kate worked as an Energy Counselor in the Center for Energy and Environment’s residential department, assisting homeowners with their energy needs and providing resources for efficiency upgrades. Kate earned her BA in Biology from St. Olaf College with an emphasis in Environmental Studies.

David Soll, Industrial Decarbonization Manager, Great Plains Institute (GPI), With GPI since 2023

David Soll joined the Great Plains Institute in 2023 and serves as Industrial Decarbonization Manager. He oversees the Industrial Innovation Initiative, a coalition advancing decarbonization solutions for the Midcontinent region’s most important industrial sectors. Prior to joining GPI, he taught history and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he focused on urban infrastructure and energy conservation. David earned a Master’s in government from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in history from Brandeis University.

Jill Syvrud, Senior Program Manager - Carbon Management, Great Plains Institute (GPI). With GPI since 2017.

Jill Syvrud joined the Great Plains Institute in 2017 and serves as the program manager for the Carbon Management Program. In addition to overseeing the overall program, Jill directly supports the Industrial Innovation Initiative, a coalition advancing decarbonization solutions for the Midcontinent region’s most important industrial sectors. Jill earned a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a master of science degree in science technology and environmental policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Jill’s past experience includes multiple graduate research assistantships concentrating on technology innovation and sustainable megacities along and a previous position as an administrative and outreach coordination intern with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.