Energy Savings for the 99%: How to meet net-zero goals by scaling energy efficiency to middle- to low-income households

The low-income and middle-income housing represent a substantial opportunity for energy conservation, with great potential to implement and promote energy efficiency measures. Yet, despite the research-backed benefits, there are clearly many barriers to entry—whether it be in policy, technology, marketing, or behavior—that seem to be preventing these sectors from realizing maximum energy efficiency. This panel focuses on the residential sector, exploring what it takes to drive greater energy efficiency market penetration in affordable, low, and middle-income households.

Moderator: Mark Zimring, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mark Zimring is a Program Manager in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work focuses on the financing and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He is a member of the Department of Energy’s Financial Technical Assistance Team, providing assistance to cities, states and utility regulatory commissions to support energy upgrades in the residential, commercial and public sectors. He has an MPP from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and an MS from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.


Kat Daniel, Green for All

Kat runs Green For All’s Communities of Practice, a network of innovators, practitioners, and policy makers pioneering the creation of America’s new clean and inclusive economy. Kat also leads Green For All’s energy efficiency content development and initiatives, and Green For All’s MPower initiative which seeks to develop and scale a fund model that offers a financing tool for energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing.

Matt Schwartz, President & CEO, California Housing Partnership Corporation

Matt has worked in the development, planning and financing of affordable housing for over 20 years in the private and public sectors. As President & CEO of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, Matt plays a leadership role in California in expanding the resources available to preserve and create affordable housing, focusing on sustainability. Matt was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission in 2008 and re-appointed in 2011.

Chris Lee, Financial Analyst, North American Development Bank

Chris Lee is a financial analyst at the North American Development Bank focusing on renewable energy. The North American Development Bank is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. Chris has worked on a number of renewable energy deals and is currently involved with approximately 700 MW of both wind and solar projects. He has a Master of Science in finance from Boston College.

Chris Greacen, Renewable Energy Consultant for World Bank

Chris Greacen lives with his wife and two children in a net-zero energy home in Common Ground, a super-insulated passive solar community land trust affordable housing project on Lopez Island built by residents and community members in the sun belt of northwest Washington State. He works on renewable policy and hands-on implementation of renewable energy projects, with a focus on South East Asia and East Africa. He has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.


Green For All | Weatherization in NY: This video showcases a weatherization program in New York, which saves energy and creates green jobs.

A number of local and national organizations offer resources regarding issues related to low and mid-income residential energy efficiency.  Below are listed a number of organizations that offer educational resources or interactive features that relate to the conversation coming this Friday.