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Rebecca Esau

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Rebecca Esau is a manager with Rocky Mountain Institute’s buildings practice where she leads projects within the Pathways to Zero initiative. Rebecca employs her experience as a licensed architect and deep knowledge of high performance buildings to drive critical research for RMI’s grid interactive buildings and low-embodied carbon work.


Prior to joining RMI in 2020, Rebecca was manager of projects at Building Energy Exchange, a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient buildings.

Rebecca is a registered architect and has worked on a variety of design and construction projects across North America for private, institutional, and corporate clients.


Masters of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Bachelors of Environmental Design, University of British Columbia


New York City, NY

Authored Works
Recycling concrete at a building demolition site.

The Secret Life of Materials

You are surrounded. Whether you’re reading this on your phone or computer, if you’re sitting in an office chair, on a park bench, or waiting for your coffee order, you’re likely surrounded by concrete, wood, and countless other familiar materials. We experience these materials every day, but we usually don’t…