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Connor Usry

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Connor is an Associate in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings Practice. His work is focused on the Pathways to Zero Initiative where he supports the adoption of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). He helps shape the vision for two-way grid-interactive buildings and formulates value propositions for grid and building owners alike.


Prior to joining RMI, Connor helped launch a systems integration startup based in New York City. He has a background in energy optimization strategies, design engineering, and building automation solutions for mission critical facilities and large commercial real estate.


B.S. Computer Science, Duke University


New York City, NY

Authored Works

New York Backs Major Building Decarbonization Initiative

Today, few buildings in the world are carbon neutral, or produce net-zero carbon emissions, but as the electric grid decreases its reliance on fossil fuels, the building stock must wane its dependence on carbon producing systems inside buildings in turn. For owners of large buildings in dense urban environments, implementing…


Cut Costs, Reduce Carbon, and Improve Health with Demand Flexibility

As variable renewables and distributed generation surge to replace fossil fuels, the electrical grid must become more agile and data-driven to keep the lights on. And we cannot rely solely on traditional supply-side resources. Our decarbonized future will require flexibility on the demand side as well. Demand flexibility is the…


Decarbonizing NY Buildings through Improved Data and Controls

Building decarbonization is a critical thread to reduce the impacts of climate change—buildings are the single-largest contributor of emissions globally and their operations alone account for 28 percent of global energy-related annual CO2 emissions as of 2018. To affect operations and contribute to the decarbonization of the built environment,…