Douglas is a Sr. Associate at RMI. He brings to RMI an interdisciplinary, international research and work background from across the environmental field. Douglas joined RMI in November 2013.
Inspired to dedicate his career to the environment after taking a high school course on the subject, Douglas’ research and work have been guided by two overarching questions: Why are we not taking advantage of the strategies available today that sustain the environmental goods and services crucial to the foundation of a prosperous society, and how can we better facilitate their widespread adoption? With these questions in mind, his academic work at Penn and Imperial College primarily focused on both the barriers and opportunities in business and policy for environmental solutions. Douglas also conducted experimental research to identify strategies to create an enabling choice context for pro-environmental behavior and investment decisions. Before joining RMI, Douglas gained a diverse range of work experience in the environmental field at Chatham House, Carbon Smart, Oxford University, Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), Wharton Risk Management & Decision Processes Center, Mayor of Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability, Green Acorn Eco-Consulting & Business Certification, Hunsucker Goodstein PC, and TerraLogos eco architecture.
At RMI, he applies his background in environmental and behavioral economics to engage commercial real estate stakeholders to capture the full business value of energy efficient buildings, accelerate investments in deep energy retrofits and other energy efficiency measures, and drive the adoption of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in communities.
- MSc, Environmental Technology, Environmental Economics & Policy Option, Imperial College London, Distinction, Scott Wilson Prize/URS Prize for Most Outstanding Overall Course Performance, 2013
- BA, Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) and Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, multiple departmental honors and awards, 2012
- Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Alumni Advisory Group; Phi Beta Kappa Society; Benjamin Franklin Society; Urban Land Institute
Select Publications & Presentations
- Rocky Mountain Institute Presents: Tapping Into Deep Retrofit Value, Denver 2030 District & Alliance Center, July 2014 (Denver, CO)
- How To Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value, West Coast Energy Management Congress, Association of Energy Engineers, June 2014 (Seattle, WA)
- Tapping Deep Retrofit Value, Rocky Mountain Institute, June 2014
- Next Generation Energy Management: A Roadmap to the Next Level of Performance, Rocky Mountain Institute & CoreNet Global, April 2014
- Miller, D., Hodek, M., Kim, H., Weitzer, A. (2013). Boosting Household Investments in Energy Efficient Technologies. Imperial College London. Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.
- Miller, D. (2012) Transforming the Relationship Between Humans and the Environment: The Role of Energy Efficiency, Behavioral Change, and Widely Dispersed, Renewable Energy Networks in Building Long-Term Prosperity. Imperial College London. Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.
- Miller, D. (2012). A Study on Sustainable Behavior Inducement: The Role of Information and Feedback. Student Perspectives on Institutions, Choices, & Ethics. 7, 6-44.
- Miller, D. (2011). Transparency in the Marketplace: Opportunities for Business. Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.
- The London Climate Forum, Opening Panel Discussion, November 2012 (London, UK)
- The Economist Magazine Carbon Economy Summit, Production and Transportation Facts Label, November 2009 (Washington, DC)