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Alisa Petersen

  • US Program

Alisa Petersen is an Senior Associate with RMI’s US Program. She currently works on the Residential Energy+ initiative analyzing paths to zero carbon performance for existing residential buildings.


Prior to joining RMI, Alisa worked for Seventhwave, a nonprofit energy efficiency company in Madison Wisconsin, where she served as an Energy Engineer and Project Manager. At Seventhwave, Alisa provided technical assistance to building owners and design teams to help inform a more energy efficient building design. Although she analyzed all types of commercial buildings, she specialized in multifamily buildings and supermarkets. She also researched and wrote publications on building energy conservation measures including demand control kitchen ventilation, high efficiency refrigerated display cases, lighting task tuning, and cold climate facades.


B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison

Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability, UW-Madison

LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

Engineer in Training (EIT)


Washington, DC

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Coming Back Stronger

RMI and Bloomberg Philanthropies report outlining infrastructure policies and investments for cities to promote recovery and build a better future.

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How Congress Can Accelerate Zero-Emissions Homes

The Biden administration has set an ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 to help avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption. As a result, 2021 may be the year the federal government finally acts to curb one of the largest sources of those emissions: the gas used for space and water heating and cooking in millions of buildings across the country.


Getting Climate Policy Right in the Infrastructure Bills

The current infrastructure bills being crafted and debated in Washington, D.C. could not come at a more dramatic time. Across the United States we are seeing heat records shattered, supercharged wildfires, mass die-offs of sea creatures, and flooding in cities. Fittingly, these infrastructure packages would represent the largest US investments…


Signs of Hope for US Federal Climate Action in 2021

As we enthusiastically bid 2020 farewell, for many reasons 2021 is starting to feel like a year to be hopeful. While the roll-out of vaccines signal an impending slow-down to the pandemic, recent activity in DC is offering a similar glimpse to solutions on the horizon for the climate crisis.


3 Ways Cities Can Build Back Better through Green Recovery

As we approach the fourth month of the pandemic, cities across the United States continue to be hit hard. I recently spoke with mayors who are being asked to simultaneously manage unprecedented public health challenges, a rise of social unrest, increased unemployment, and a looming housing crisis, on top of…