Alexander Krokus, executive director and senior policy analyst for the Ethical Environmental Policy Consortium in Portland, Oregon, has died from complications of leukemia. He was 45.
When Krokus entered the world of local, state, and then national politics with his climate advocacy and founding of a nonprofit research organization, he took that world by storm with his persistence, perfectionism, and determination in successfully bending the ears of the powerful.
Krokus was a member of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute’s Renewable Energy Technologies Task Committee, Water Regulatory Standards Committee, and Hydraulic Fracturing Education Task Committee, and was secretary of the Task Committee on Hydraulic Fracturing: Methods, Analyses, & Technical Guidance. During the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions, he served as an environmental & economic policy research aide for Sen. Lew Frederick in the Oregon State Legislature.
The Ethical Environmental Policy Consortium is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public benefit corporation based in Portland. Krokus’ primary expertise was conducting qualitative and quantitative policy-oriented research, critically analyzing scientific studies along with assessing relevant statutory law, administrative law, case law, and judicial dictum, and effectively communicating science and environmental policy to elected officials, academia, and the general public.
“I interacted peacefully and productively with every known socioeconomic class in existence,” Krokus said. Indeed, he possessed an optimistic vision of human nature that helped in his efforts for rapid change.
Krokus was also a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Societal Impacts & Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group, and served as a liaison to the Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, Global Environmental Change, Seismology, and Tectonophysics Section/Focus Groups. As well he was a member of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Policy Section and a fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, where he was currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science and theory. He was also a research analyst for the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.
Krokus was a prolific golfer, musician, and tireless climate activist.