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Martha Campbell

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Martha Campbell is one of the premier national experts on industrialized zero-carbon retrofitting systems for multifamily buildings. As a principal in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings team, Martha launched and leads the REALIZE initiative, which aims to unlock US retrofit markets by driving market transformation across four strategic pillars: standardized retrofit technology development, demand generation, streamlined financing, and policy enablement. Martha also cofounded and leads the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Building Construction Collaborative to help the United States remain globally competitive in high-performance prefabricated and modular approaches for building retrofits and new construction.


Prior to RMI, Martha engaged in a range of professional experiences, including working for Rio Tinto’s Sustainable Development team, field organizing in northern New Mexico, and program trading in the Equities division of Goldman Sachs. She also studied green building techniques under renegade eco-architect Mike Reynolds. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and continues to feed her passion for buildings and design as the recently nominated and selected Public Director for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.


B.A., Stanford University
MBA and M.S., University of Michigan
Wyss Scholar
Stanford Lightweight Crew Team Captain


Oakland, CA



Why I Love Working at RMI

“I am continually inspired by the potential of new technologies and business models to create a clean, beautiful, and prosperous planet for all. This philosophy is innate to how RMI tackles the work we do. I am lucky to be surrounded by visionary colleagues who share the same passion and commitment to this approach.”

Authored Works

FHA Should Reconsider Its About-Face—About PACE

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on homes with property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. As to what motivated its decision—according to its letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—the FHA is “concerned with the lack of consumer…


How Energy Efficiency Enables Stable Capital Markets

A paradox currently exists in the U.S. home improvement market. While homeowners say they want energy improvements for their homes, the rate of home energy upgrades is decreasing. One study found that residential energy upgrades are the top unmet demand among U.S. households. So why aren’t more homeowners…


Reviewing the Sustainable Finance Landscape

IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE FINANCEDiversity of Strategies: There are many tools in the sustainable finance toolkit. Actors should select strategies appropriate to the aspect of the energy system they wish to transform and to their resource constraints. Interrelationship of Elements: Sustainable finance transactions generally involve all five elements, so it is…