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Koben Calhoun



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Koben is a Manager in the buildings and electricity practices. Within buildings, Koben is leading the Portfolio Energy Optimization initiative focused on advancing an innovative, mass-customized approach to delivering energy efficiency to private commercial buildings. As part of this work, Koben is leading RMI’s analysis on designing optimized energy efficiency measures and identifying best-in-class building energy management technology. In addition, Koben partners closely with industry to explore new business models, engage stakeholders, and define new paths to market for commercial energy retrofits.


Koben has experience in energy policy and economics, statistical analysis, and collaborative engagement. He has managed a national collaboration to research and implement clean energy infrastructure in cities, worked as a technical advisor on green building and zero-energy projects, and consulted on developing new programs and policies to address the impacts of climate change on buildings and cities. While in graduate school at the University of Michigan, Koben focused on energy policy analysis and preparing cities for the impacts of climate change.


Boulder, CO




Master of Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
BA, Economics, University of Puget Sound


“I am consistently inspired by the commitment and passion of my colleagues and our partners to work on complex and challenging problems that they believe will make our world a better place.”

Authored Blog Posts

Demonstrating U.S. Climate Leadership

Since the White House announcement of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, American mayors, governors, CEOs, and other leaders have been reaffirming their support for continued action on climate change. As of last month, we have seen nine states, 227 cities and counties, 315 institutions of higher education,…

Bringing Energy Efficiency into the 21st Century

In April 2016, RMI hosted its third annual eLab Accelerator. Described as a boot camp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 13 teams from across North America—from North Carolina to Ottawa and California to New York—to work on new business models, energy innovation districts, and innovative…