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Russell Mendell

Russell Mendell

  • US Program

Russell Mendell is an Associate with the US Program at RMI, where he works on the America Is All In and Federal Policy teams.


Prior to joining RMI, Russell was the Campaign Director of the youth-led environmental nonprofit Earth Guardians. He contributed to two books, We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement That Restores the Planet and Imaginary Borders, both authored by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. His reporting from COP21 in Paris was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for excellence in environment enterprise reporting.

Education & Awards

B.A., Peace Studies, Naropa University

M.A., Energy Regulation and Law, Vermont Law School


Boulder, CO

Authored Works

Congress Cannot Ignore Residential Solar Tax Credit Inequities

Through the Justice40 Initiative, President Biden has made clear that bringing clean energy benefits to marginalized and low-income communities is a priority. Right now, low-income households experience up to three times higher energy burden (the percent of household income spent on energy costs) than high-income households. Rooftop solar…