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Denise Grab

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Denise Grab is a Manager on RMI’s Carbon-Free Building team, where she works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the Western States.


She brings to RMI over a decade of experience in advancing clean energy and climate policy throughout the country. Most recently, she served as the Western Regional Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, where she successfully encouraged state electricity regulators to consider the costs of climate damages through comments, reports, meetings, and presentations. She has also promoted clean energy and climate action in briefs she has written for the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals in cases involving climate policy, energy resource development, and air quality. Among other experiences, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law, an associate at a major law firm, and a law clerk for a federal district court judge.


JD from Yale Law School

Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

BS with highest honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley


Oakland, CA

Authored Works

California Can’t Wait on All-Electric New Building Code

In the past year, California cities have captured national attention with groundbreaking policies to reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, cutting carbon emissions and safeguarding public health in the process. This momentum has centered on an important first step: ensuring new buildings are efficient, modern, and all-electric. Still,…


Job Creation through Building Electrification in California

California continues to lead the nation in accelerating the transition to an all-electric future, demonstrating foresight that will help the state achieve its climate and air quality goals and prepare to bounce back from the coming economic slump. Regulators recently approved two pilot projects that will advance the market…