Todd Stern, Mary Powell and Elizabeth Sall to Join Rocky Mountain Institute’s Board of Trustees

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Today, Rocky Mountain Institute is pleased to welcome the newest members to its board of trustees.

Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced the newest members to join its board of trustees. RMI is pleased to welcome to the organization:

  •     Todd Stern, former U.S. special envoy on climate change
  •     Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power
  •     Elizabeth Sall, founder and president of Urban Labs LLC

Todd Stern was “a leading architect of the Obama administration’s international climate change strategy,” according to Politico. Stern was appointed to the position of U.S. special envoy on climate change on January 26, 2009, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the chief U.S. negotiator of the successful Paris Agreement. Stern previously served in the Clinton administration as assistant to the president, and as staff secretary in the White House from 1993 to 1998, during which time he also acted as the senior White House negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol and Buenos Aires negotiations.

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain Institute. Following the landmark Paris climate agreement last year, the central challenge for countries around the world will be to rapidly accelerate the transition to a clean energy, low-carbon global economy. RMI has been a clean energy leader for years, helping companies and governments take concrete steps to improve their energy profile and paving the way for national energy transition planning with work like Reinventing Fire: China,” Stern said.

Mary Powell has served as president and chief executive officer for Green Mountain Power (GMP) Corporation since 2008. Powell launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and reliable power to Vermonters. She is leading an energy transformation, providing customers the latest innovations and comprehensive energy makeovers to help people save money and use less energy. GMP is the first utility to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good. In 2014 Powell was recognized by Power-Gen as the Woman of the Year, and in 2016 Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

“This is an exciting time to lead an energy revolution and deliver the new energy future customers tell us they want. Joining the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain Institute is an honor, and their work will help us drive collaboration and innovation to make this change happen sooner. It is time to move away from the bulk, antiquated grid to an energy system that is generated and used closer to where it is needed,” Powell said.

Elizabeth Sall is the founder and president of UrbanLabs LLC, where she manages a portfolio of mission-driven projects spanning travel analysis research to policy. Prior to UrbanLabs, Sall served as the deputy director for data, technology and analysis, and as the interim deputy director for planning at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. She is an active volunteer for the Transportation Research Board, serving on the Transportation Research Record Advisory Board and as a member of several committees. She serves on the Sall Family Foundation board, where she leads investment in “Entrepreneurial Initiatives.” Sall has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.S. from University of Texas.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve and excited to be working with Rocky Mountain Institute to solve the most pressing and complex challenge of our time: climate change,” Sall commented.

RMI’s current board of trustees is chaired by Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica, and includes Thomas Dinwoodie, lead independent trustee, Maria Van Der Hoeven, former executive director of the International Energy Agency, Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite as well as other environmental ambassadors and clean energy executives. For a full list of trustees -

“We are very grateful to Todd, Mary and Elizabeth for joining us and donating their precious time to our mission of accelerating the energy transition. They truly bring their own unique and significant expertise to RMI and will help make our efforts more impactful,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO Rocky Mountain Institute.

About Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an independent nonprofit founded in 1982—transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. It engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. In 2014, RMI merged with Carbon War Room (CWR), whose business-led market interventions advance a low-carbon economy. The combined organization has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

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