Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources. Co-founded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, its Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientist, RMI has grown into a diverse and broad-based institute with approximately 80 full-time staff, an annual budget of $12 million, and a global reach and reputation. RMI advances market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables.
RMI's strategic focus is transforming global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. Reinventing Fire, RMI's 2011 book, offers a vision, rigorous analysis, and solutions roadmap for achieving that focus in the United States, demonstrating a future and heavily transformed energy landscape that supports at 158%-bigger 2050 U.S. economy at a $5 trillion net present value savings over business-as-usual while getting the U.S. off oil, coal, and nuclear energy. In 2013, RMI embarked on a similar Reinventing Fire study for China in partnership with three other major organizations as input for China's next five-year plan. In addition, RMI has undertaken targeted applications of its proposed solutions at city, state, and regional levels.
RMI employs rigorous research, analysis, and whole-systems expertise to develop breakthrough insights. In partnership with collaborators, chiefly in the private sector, RMI tests and refines those ideas. Then RMI convenes and collaborates with diverse partners—business, government, academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, and military—to accelerate and scale solutions, creating teachable cases and competitive pressure for emulation. This “snowball” strategy bridges iconic projects—such as the energy efficiency retrofit of New York City’s Empire State Building—with accelerating deployment of solutions in the four energy-using sectors of our economy: transportation, buildings, industry, and electricity. In each of these sectors, RMI drives innovation in technology, policy, design, and business strategy.
RMI is a nonprofit institution with multiple revenue sources, principally funded through major gifts from philanthropists who are deeply aligned with the institute’s mission, vision, and programmatic areas of focus—their support provides roughly 75% of revenue. RMI also receives funding from U.S.-based and international foundations and funding organizations with missions and programs closely aligned with RMI. Between 20 and 30% of revenues come from mission-related collaboration services provided to corporations, state & federal governments and agencies, and other organizations. This “fee-for-service” revenue is essential to ensure our programs remain pragmatic and aligned with the needs of the institutions and organization with whom we collaborate to effect change in the world.
RMI has two Colorado locations—Boulder and Old Snowmass. For more information on Rocky Mountain Institute, please explore the rest of our site.
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RMI offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
- 403b Retirement Options (5% match after the first year)
- Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability
- Commuter and Wellness Benefits
- Casual Work Environment
- Appreciation of Work-Life Balance