Martha is part of the Residential Energy+ (RE+) team in RMI’s Buildings Practice and leads the REALIZE initiative. REALIZE is focused on transferring a model developed in the Netherlands, known as Energiesprong, to the U.S., to make net-zero home retrofits affordable, accessible, convenient, and attractive. Through Energiesprong, retrofits are financed through energy savings, include a performance guarantee, and are delivered using semi-industrial approaches that allow for scale and simultaneous mass customization, with installations taking under two weeks. Martha also developed and supports RE+’s Finance the Future initiative that is focused on increasing access to capital for home energy improvements in the U.S. market.
Prior to joining RMI, Martha attended the University of Michigan where she earned a dual master’s degree in environmental science and business administration. During her time in graduate school she focused on conservation finance and social entrepreneurship. Prior to graduate school, Martha worked for the Alliance for Climate Protection in Taos, New Mexico. Martha is originally from El Paso, Texas, with professional experiences as varied as learning green building techniques as a construction intern from renegade eco architect Mike Reynolds, working for Rio Tinto’s Sustainable Development team, field organizing in northern New Mexico, and program trading in the equities division of Goldman Sachs.