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Sneha Ayyagari

  • Buildings

Sneha is an Associate within RMI’s Buildings Practice, utilizing a background in civil and environmental engineering to help advocate for policies and technologies that contribute to more just and sustainable built environments. She primarily supports the Residential Energy+ and Pathways to Zero initiatives.


Previously, Sneha worked in the Climate and Clean Energy team at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she conducted qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on federal and state level renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. She helped advocate for energy efficiency policies in New York State, working with a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. She has previously held fellowships at the Tomkat Center for Sustainable Energy in California and at Green Empowerment in Nicaragua. Her graduate studies focused on environmental design and construction, project management, and energy systems.


MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Design and Construction, Stanford University

BS, Environmental Systems Engineering, Stanford University

LEED Green Associate


Oakland, CA

Authored Works
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The Wonders of Weatherization: Improving Equity through Stimulus Funding

COVID-related health impacts and financial hardship have disproportionately affected people of color in the United States. At the same time, the protests over the killing of George Floyd have further emphasized the need to address this country’s systemic racial inequities. Rather than allowing racial inequality to worsen further, Congress can…

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New Resources for Cities to Unlock Housing Improvements

As we all spend significantly more time inside our homes during COVID-19 shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders, understanding how our homes perform (and the implications for affordability, comfort, and health) has arguably never been more important. And yet in most parts of the country, the status-quo is that residents…

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Getting to Zero in Buildings

As we embark on a new decade, we are reflecting on the many exciting advancements in the building industry. One highlight from last year was the Getting to Zero Forum held in October in Oakland California. This event brought together over 600 leading policymakers, building owners, architects, designers, system manufacturers,…


Getting to Zero in Buildings: Insights from zLab

In October, 2019, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) organized an inaugural zLab to bring together industry leaders to brainstorm solutions and develop action plans around three topics: building electrification for decarbonization, advanced decarbonization policies for existing buildings, and unlocking new value through grid-interactive buildings. RMI has…

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Surviving the Next Polar Vortex

One year ago this week, the Midwest was under siege from the “polar vortex” that caused subzero temperatures and power outages across Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and New Jersey. In light of the fact that climate change is projected to increase the frequency and severity of these events,…

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Equity and Climate: A Solution for Home Rentals

Lack of affordable housing and energy burdens plague many people and communities. Cities throughout the United States are looking for solutions to create greater equity. Many of these cities are part of the over 3,600 US cities, states, and businesses that have pledged support for the goals established in the…

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How Cities Can Improve Homes

The way we use energy makes a big difference in our lives in how safe, comfortable, and productive we are. In addition to impacting our individual lives, energy use in homes makes up a large part of energy use in the United States. The residential sector accounts for 20…