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City Advisors


Through the City Energy Project, a new, joint initiative with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to improve buildings' efficiency in 10 U.S. cities, IMT has hired expert staff to assist cities with their energy efficiency initiatives. City Advisors work directly with city employees in local government offices. They provide essential support in developing and implementing each city's tailored efficiency plan. As part of the City Energy Project network, the advisors share best practices and learn from each other's experience. 

 Amy Jewel, City of Chicago

Amy supports ongoing work with the Chicago Office of the Mayor to increase energy efficiency through efforts such as the Chicago Benchmarking & Transparency Ordinance and ongoing energy code compliance improvements. Prior to joining IMT in 2014, Amy worked as a private sector consultant and helped develop energy policies and Climate Action Plans for over two dozen local governments. In other previous positions, she served as an environmental educator and also worked as a fundraiser for a small nonprofit organization.

 Wendy Lee, City of Salt Lake City

Wendy has years of experience working as a building energy efficiency engineer in the Salt Lake Valley and across Utah. During her time as an engineer she also worked with the State of Utah to quantify energy code savings and drafted energy plans for large university campuses. Additionally, she is passionate about sustainable development and has implemented projects in Peru, Ghana, and Belize through Engineers Without Borders and other NGO's.

   Katrina Managan, City and County of Denver

Katrina gained significant technical knowledge from the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, where she researched, wrote reports on, and presented extensively about energy efficiency in commercial real estate. Additionally, she spent five years as the senior legislative representative for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) on climate and energy policy.

   Rupal Prasad, City of Philadelphia

Rupal transitioned from her role Rupal transitioned from her role as Benchmarking Policy and Outreach Intern to City Advisor with the City of Philadelphia.  As a career-changer, she brings not experience working with the City of Philadelphia’s Sustainability team on activities related to the benchmarking program, building energy efficiency and greenhouse gas inventory, but also worked for a water non-profit, and many years of experience in neurobiological research in a university lab setting.