James Mandel

Jamie Mandel is the former Managing Director of the Carbon-Free Buildings Program at Rocky Mountain Institute. The Buildings program focuses on supporting the cost-effective decarbonization of the world’s buildings, which currently are responsible for 40% of global GHG emissions. Jamie lead work on net-zero energy district energy planning, deep energy retrofits, new technology, and policy, including the support of New York’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap, in the US as well as China and India. Prior to joining the Buildings program, Jamie was the Principal overseeing RMI’s distributed energy resources work, including solar, storage, and demand flexibility.


Prior to joining RMI, Jamie worked for McKinsey and Company on energy and sustainability topics.


Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. He is on the board of WattTime.org, an RMI market-affiliate focused on helping customers choose the cleaner power.


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