The Biden administration has set an ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 to help avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption. As a result, 2021 may be the year the federal government finally acts to curb one of the largest sources of those emissions: the gas used for space and water heating and cooking in millions of buildings across the country.
Mark Kresowik manages federal and international policy for the Carbon-Free Buildings program at RMI. The Carbon-Free Buildings program is ending reliance on fossil fuels to power and construct our built environment. In that role, Mark centers the leadership of those who most struggle to afford energy and housing in our communities, and advocates for quality, family-supporting labor for workers.
Mark came to RMI after nearly 15 years at the Sierra Club. Mark was one of the first staff members of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, helping end the rush to build new coal plants, ramp up clean energy, support transition for workers and communities, and cut pollution and power generation from coal in half. Mark co-led Sierra Club’s national equitable building electrification and electric vehicle charging infrastructure campaigns, and managed staff and teams throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and Appalachian regions. He led Sierra Club’s engagement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, regional electric market operators, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
Mark has previously served as an interim executive director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light and on the boards of RENEW Northeast, the Sustainable FERC Project, and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.
B.A. with honors, Sustainable Systems, University of Iowa
At the University of Iowa, Mark designed an Interdepartmental Studies major in Sustainable Systems, was elected Student Government President, and helped start the 10,000 Hours Show.
He has trained with the Management Center, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Race Forward, and the Midwest Academy.