The average American spends up to 90 percent of his or her time indoors. So it’s not surprising that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative effect on our health—just as outdoor air pollution does. In fact, poor IAQ costs the U.S. economy more than…
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Doug Miller is a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute who applies his experience in environmental and behavioral economics to develop bold, collaborative market solutions and action-oriented research. In his current role on the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) team, Doug focuses on developing, evaluating, and scaling applications of blockchain technology in the clean energy sector that tackle existing pain points and create value. During his first three years at RMI, he co-founded the Residential Energy+ initiative—where he developed solutions for real estate, home performance, and media professionals to motivate, simplify, and finance homeowner investments in energy upgrades—and developed resources about transformational business models, enhanced strategies for portfolio-wide investments in commercial buildings, and roadmaps for cities to achieve ambitious clean energy targets.
Prior to joining RMI in 2013, Doug served as an interdisciplinary researcher at Chatham House, Imperial College London, Carbon Smart, the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University—gaining extensive experience in the application of behavioral science to develop more effective environmental solutions. He also brings experience in green business startups, environmental law, city sustainability policy, climate risk management strategy, and green architecture.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
M.Sc., Environmental Technology with a Specialization in Environmental Economics & Policy, Imperial College London
BA, Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Award: Scott Wilson Prize/URS Prize for Most Outstanding Overall Course Performance, 2013
Awards: Summa Cum Laude, 2012; Phi Beta Kappa, 2012; Ferdinand V. Hayden Award for the Outstanding Senior in Environmental Studies, 2012; PPE Program Awards for Distinguished Research and Distinguished Service & Support, 2012
WHY I LOVE WORKING AT RMI
“I am proud to work at RMI because we are bold enough to challenge conventional thinking with robust research showing that a prosperous clean energy future is possible today, while also reasonable enough to work directly with business leaders, policymakers, and investors worldwide to identify and deploy scalable clean energy market solutions.”
Authored Blog Posts
Through the Energy Web Foundation, RMI is supporting the commercial implementation of blockchain applications that promote investments in clean, secure, and reliable electricity systems worldwide. Blockchain technology—the technology underpinning the Bitcoin virtual currency— has the potential to accelerate the transition to the clean energy future that Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has…
Download RMI’s new report, Lumens as a Service: How to Capture the Technology-Enabled Business Opportunity for Advanced Lighting in Commercial Buildings. In recent years, building owners and property managers have been inundated with information about how they should invest in advanced lighting systems that enable increased control, save on…
Real estate professionals play a pivotal role in the U.S. residential real estate market. Overseeing from start to finish the multiple steps and piles of paperwork involved with property transactions, they support both sellers moving forward with the next stage of their lives and buyers looking for a new place…
Co-authored by Larry Zarker, Executive Director, Building Performance Institute Peer Diffusion: A form of communication within and between networks of people that (1) occurs through varying forms of social comparison and social interaction around an innovation (i.e., a new behavior, idea, or technology) and (2) ultimately promotes the broader adoption…
The global energy revolution is knocking at your door. With improving economics for home energy upgrades, plummeting costs for rooftop solar systems, and even the potential for defection from the electric grid, homeowners face a bevy of new options to control their own energy supply and demand—as well…
The episode of Property Brothers: Buying + Selling, airing today on W Network in Canada, offers another example of Drew and Jonathan helping homeowners take the next step up the property ladder. What is special about this episode is the role that RMI played in working with the producers, and what we learned from this experience.
Kitchen remodels are sexy to homeowners. Energy efficiency is not. This simple yet punchy statement shared at the recent Residential Energy+ 2015 Workshop, held just outside Washington, DC, is one of many pervasive assumptions top industry representatives shared for what’s holding back homeowner investment in home energy performance, and failing…
Imagine a world where you have a contractor in your home for a renovation to expand your kitchen and living room space. You plan to get conventional windows, lighting, and appliances because you expect the energy-efficient options will come at a higher upfront cost. But then your contractor starts inquiring…
Imagine you’re a prospective homebuyer. Knowing that a home purchase may be the largest expenditure you make in your lifetime, you aspire to make a sound financial decision. So you look into utility costs to compare the monthly financial outlook for different properties. However, you soon discover that this information…
Residential Energy+: Capturing the Primetime Opportunity for Energy- performance Improvements In U.S. Homes
The market opportunity for residential energy upgrades—the combination of measures to improve energy performance in homes—is substantial, amounting to roughly $150 billion in the United States alone. Americans are also less satisfied with the energy performance of their homes compared to any other criterion, including affordability, privacy, safety,…
There is strong market evidence that energy cost savings represent just one driver motivating investment in deep energy retrofits. Nevertheless, real estate investors generally neglect the value beyond energy cost savings when they prepare and present capital requests for deep retrofits.
Palo Alto (pop. 66,000), the heart of Silicon Valley and regional birthplace of Google, is eyeing today’s version of reaching the moon—becoming the first carbon-neutral city in the United States.
New RMI-CoreNet Global Report: 11 Practical and Profitable Strategies for Net-Zero Energy Real Estate Portfolios
There is a dramatic shift occurring in the way companies think about energy. Leading companies are now aspiring for something greater—net-zero energy across company operations.
When people talk about the business case for the energy-efficient buildings achieved through comprehensive measures like deep energy retrofits, what usually comes to mind first is lower energy bills. However, an increasing number of organizations are recognizing the value beyond energy cost savings that energy-efficient buildings provide. In December 2013,…
How can we make progress capturing the full potential of human capital? How can employee engagement move beyond a hodgepodge of programs, games, and prizes to instead become a central business strategy that creates value?
To bring to life the idea of superior energy performance providing multiple benefits, let’s take a look at Coca-Cola moving its Canadian headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Toronto.
The combined leverage of CoreNet Global and RMI will accelerate transformation in corporate real estate energy performance.
In April 2011, we Talked Small Building Retrofit Finance after a finance workshop held in Boulder by Rocky Mountain Institute and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Association (NEEA). Now that nearly three years have passed, what, if anything, has changed in retrofit financing for small commercial buildings?