When President Trump walked away from the US target under the Paris Agreement, we knew states, cities, and businesses needed to pick up the mantle of climate leadership. But people wanted to know: what difference can these bottom-up initiatives make? Is America’s pledge still within reach despite the abdication of…
Koben is a Manager in the buildings and electricity practices. Koben is currently co-leading a new initiative at RMI to support and scale city efforts to procure and deploy clean and renewable energy. He is also co-leading RMI’s support of the America’s Pledge Initiative on Climate to analyze, catalyze, and showcase climate leadership by US governors, mayors, and CEOs. While at RMI, Koben has also led a DOE-funded solar cost reduction project, industry engagements to scale commercial energy efficiency, and the development of community-based strategies to achieve deep carbon reduction goals.
Koben has experience in energy policy and economics, statistical analysis, and energy modeling. He has managed a national collaboration to research and implement clean energy infrastructure in cities, worked as a technical advisor on green building and zero energy projects, and consulted on developing new programs and policies to address the impacts of climate change on buildings and cities. While in graduate school at the University of Michigan, Koben focused on energy policy and researching the impacts of climate change on buildings and cities.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Master of Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
BA, Economics, University of Puget Sound
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING AT RMI?
“I am consistently inspired by the commitment and passion of my colleagues and our partners to work on complex and challenging problems that they believe will make our world a better place.”