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Heather House

Heather House

  • Urban Transformation

Heather is working on an effort to help U.S. cities procure renewable energy and decarbonize their electricity supplies, in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI) and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies under their American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC).

Prior to working on the American Cities Climate Challenge, Heather was on the Mobility Transformation team, working to create a future of shared, electric, mobility-as-a-service. Heather was on-the-ground in Austin, Texas for two years working directly with key stakeholders on mobility transformation in Austin. In this role she worked on strategies to electrify fleets of high-mileage vehicles, commuting solutions for low-income workers, and mobility-oriented development pilots.

Heather has been with RMI since October of 2016.


Heather came to RMI with a diverse background in the cleantech industry. Before RMI, she worked at Austin Energy on the Electric Vehicle and Emerging Technologies team where she worked primarily on the Department of Energy’s grant-funded SunShot Initiative, Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) project. She also worked at Meridian Solar, CleanTech Open, and CleanTX, where she ran the first-ever EV group-buy in Texas.

In Heather’s earlier years, she pursued a dual-master graduate degree program in Japan and Germany with a focus on International Material Flow Management and International Cooperation Policy. While studying, Heather interned at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and at the German Institute for Applied Material Flow Management where she contributed toward an Energy and Resource Master Plan for the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Heather also worked at Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream for a year in their GIS department.


B.A., Environmental Sustainability: Planning and Management, Political Science (minor), Spanish (minor), University of Oklahoma

M.Sci., International Cooperation Policy, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Boulder, CO



Authored Works

Achieving Clean Energy Legislation in a Moderate State

On October 13, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the first major piece of climate legislation in the tar heel state in recent years. North Carolina House Bill 951—Energy Solutions for North Carolina—was passed by both chambers of the North Carolina state legislature with…


Beyond Buying Renewables: How Cities Can Influence the Energy System

As US cities and counties transition to clean energy for their own operations and communities, many are finding that stakeholders and policies beyond their jurisdictions affect their ability to purchase clean energy. Policy and regulatory decisions made by states, utilities, public utilities commissions, and wholesale market governing bodies…


Reimagining the Urban Form: Austin’s Community Mobility Hub

With the arrival of the automobile, our cities began a century-long process of transformation through design practices that prioritize the use of personal vehicles. Cities widened once-walkable and vibrant streets into traffic arterials; they displaced entire neighborhoods to make way for highways; and they replaced countless acres of natural ecologies…


Under the Hood of the Leading Transportation Projects in the Midwest: A Snapshot of RMI and M-TEC’s First Mobility Accelerator

The wheels of electric transportation in the United States are spinning at a rapid clip. Battery electric and hybrid electric vehicle (EV) sales jumped 28 percent from 2017 to 2018. Model availability and range are increasing, enabling more Americans to make the switch to electric. This momentum…


RMI and Uber Team Up to Expand Shared and Electric Mobility

In September 2015, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) partnered with the City of Austin, Texas, to transform transportation by commercializing and stimulating the adoption of new mobility solutions. We are working together to pilot innovative commuting solutions, drive the deployment of shared electric vehicle fleets, and stay on the leading edge…