Curtis Nordgaard, M.D.

Fossil Gas and Health Consultant

612 385 2867


Curt Nordgaard joined Fresh Energy in 2023 as a fossil gas and health consultant. He works closely with the Buildings team to dig into and grow public understanding of how Minnesota’s fossil gas system impacts both the climate and human health, in addition to how transitioning away from that system can have climate and health benefits into the future.

In his role as consultant, Curtis provides technical support to the Buildings team in developing the analyses and policies needed to help Minnesota meet its greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals in the buildings sector. As a practicing physician with experience in advocacy, he also lends his voice to sharing Fresh Energy’s work with interested stakeholders.

Curtis has published studies on the composition of fossil gas and the air quality impacts of fossil gas infrastructure. He has also served as an expert witness in fossil gas infrastructure permitting and provided technical expertise to community groups working on natural gas issues. He first trained and published in both psychology and molecular biology, followed by completing a medical degree at the University of Minnesota and his pediatric training at the joint Boston University School of Medicine & Harvard Medical School residency program.

Outside of work, Curt enjoys spending time with his children in nature.