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Erin Sherman

Erin Sherman

Senior Associate
  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Erin is a senior associate working on the Codes for Climate initiative, which aims to accelerate progress toward building codes and performance standards that are aligned with a 1.5°C future by 2030. She assists frontrunner jurisdictions to understand, tailor, and adopt 21st-century building codes.


Prior to joining RMI, Erin’s work focused on the intersection of climate action and behavioral science. For over five years, she led teams researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change interventions at ideas42. Her teams partnered with cities, states, nonprofits, and mission-driven companies to drive diverse behaviors related to climate, financial, social, or health impacts, including taking public transit, installing smart thermostats, voting in midterm elections, and switching to clean electricity or a fossil-free financial institution. Erin started her career at Opower, managing, targeting, and running experiments on the energy-efficiency advice and other content included in home energy reports sent to millions of households across the United States. Erin has authored or co-authored pieces in numerous peer-reviewed and popular outlets, including Nature Climate Change, Nature Human Behavior, STAT, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference, and the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference.


BA, Psychology, Princeton University


Washington, D.C.