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Eric Heineman

Electric Vehicle Operations Manager
Nissan-North America

Solar Developer
Windfree Solar

Eric Heineman is currently the Electric Vehicle Operations Manager for Nissan-North America. In this role, he manages policy, electric vehicle infrastructure, training, marketing, and business development. He also is a Solar Developer in Chicago at Windfree Solar, where he designs, sizes, and proposes solar PV solutions for commercial and residential customers.

From 2009-2015, Eric was the Sustainability Director and Senior Sustainability Policy Advisor for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. This portfolio includes energy and transportation.  He managed the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council, state operations, policy, legislation, and procurement, and helped launch multiple energy and transportation projects, like Divvy bike share.

Before working for the Governor, Eric was the first project manager for environmental sustainability at the University of Chicago. He is knowledgeable of sustainable practices, technology, and education. In addition he has taught courses in Eco-psychology at the University of Vermont and Eco-design at the University of Chicago. 

He  received his postgraduate certificate in Education for Sustainability at London South Bank University, and received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. He is currently pursuing his MBA at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.