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Kelly Vaughn

    Kelly is a former Program Marketing Director with RMI’s communications team, where she managed communication strategies and campaign implementations for the buildings and development teams.


    Kelly was RMI’s senior PR coordinator from 2008–2012 departing to serve as the director of communications for the Town of Snowmass Village. There, she was responsible for overseeing and executing all facets of marketing and communications for the government organization, supporting nine departments, and driving a deeper level of community engagement. She also served as liaison to the town’s environmental advisory board and helped champion significant investments in building efficiency and resource conservation while updating the town’s sustainability plan. Her background includes collegiate soccer recruiting and coaching, and communications consulting for nonprofits. Kelly has extensive experience in marketing and communications strategy, public relations, writing, and internal communications.


    MA, Communications, University of Dubuque

    BA, Studio Art, Colorado College


    Basalt, CO



    Why I Love Working At RMI

    “I am proud that the work I do, and the people I work with everyday, are doing something positive for our future. As a mother, I can’t imagine a world where my daughter can’t enjoy the outdoors, or have access to clean air. I am challenged, invigorated, and inspired by RMI’s mission and vision.”

    Authored Works

    Don’t Miss RMI on 60 Minutes This Sunday!

    Learn more about RMI’s work in the Caribbean We have exciting news! On Sunday March 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, 6 p.m. CT/MT, you can watch Rocky Mountain Institute on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Justin Locke and Chris Burgess from the Islands …


    At a Critical Climate Juncture, RMI Takes on Climate Week NYC

    On Friday, September 20, and then again one week later, climate strikes are planned around the world in which hundreds of thousands of activated citizens are expected to step out of their schools, homes, and workplaces to gather to demand bold and immediate action on climate. The world is abuzz…


    COP24: Calling on the World to Act

    Three years after the landmark Paris agreement was signed, more than 190 countries are meeting at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, to design the “rulebook” for the global climate deal and figure out the details around how to translate these bold and binding goals into action and results. For Rocky Mountain…


    Social Equity, Affordable Housing, and the Net-Zero Energy Opportunity

    Think of a net-zero energy (NZE) home, and it’s likely that you imagine a single-family house in a well-to-do neighborhood, with a roof covered in solar panels and an electric car parked in the driveway. This is a pleasant picture, but it highlights two underlying assumptions many of us have:…


    Rebuilding America and the “New Normal” of Resilience

    This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas. In fact, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still…


    The Power of Innovation to Cut Carbon: WattTime at COP23

    Today at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP23), WattTime—a Rocky Mountain Institute subsidiary—and Microsoft launched a new way to give customers the power to understand and reduce their carbon emissions. WattTime is now supporting European data on carbon emissions,…


    The Race to the Top in Home Energy Performance Data: Why It Pays to Go First

    Download RMI’s latest report, An MPG for Homes: Driving Visible Value for Home Energy Performance in Real Estate. There is tremendous risk and reward to being a first mover. News that Tesla overtook Ford in market value is perhaps the most illustrative example of what’s possible when innovative technologies…


    Leveraging the Power of Data to Reduce the Home Energy Burden

    RMI’s Residential Energy+ team knows that one key to changing markets is by making the right information available to consumers. Energy costs are an important part of home ownership, yet most people have no easy way to estimate them. Nor do they have any idea what energy upgrades might be…