Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Zach joined RMI’s Urban Transformation team in July 2021, where he developed tools and resources to accelerate cities’ key priorities in sustainable urban planning. In spring 2023, Zach transitioned to the Carbon-Free Electricity team and currently helps electrify multiple sectors, including transportation, buildings, and industry.


At RMI, Zach has worked with heavy transportation and industry companies in the US Gulf Coast and Southern California to pursue electrification, green hydrogen, and low-carbon fuel alternatives. He quantified the energy and carbon emissions savings from urban nature in stormwater management, pedestrian mobility, and building energy efficiency in six cities around the world. Zach has also worked with city officials in LA and Paris to highlight their emissions hotspot locations for priority action.

Prior to RMI, Zach pursued his degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering to understand the infrastructure required to build more sustainable and equitable communities. He also achieved certification as an engineer-in-training and completed an internship with the Smart Surfaces Coalition, where he studied tree canopy and green stormwater infrastructure in Baltimore.


MS, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University


Washington, DC