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Leading the Curve
Indiana's Energy Systems Network Launches Cleantech Initiative
RMI's Amory Lovins and Bright Automotive's John Waters among chief advisors. More>>
The 100 People Who Are Changing America
Rolling Stone Magazine names Amory Lovins in list of top 100 people changing the world. More>>
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Trucking Summit, April 14-16

RMI is convening a Transformational Trucking Summit on 14-16 April 2009. The summit aims to bridge the gap between current and doubled-efficiency trucks by developing actionable, implementable plans for whole-system logistics, policy, and technology improvements.
2009 NAA Green Conference

James Brew to keynote the 2009 NAA Green Conference and Exposition. 4/28-4/29.

The Latest from RMI's blog

Solar power about to go mainstream
By Sam Newman
How cutting costs throughout the solar industry will make panels affordable soon.

Jogging lighter with eco running shoes and recyclable gear
By Betsy Herzog
Using recyclable equipment can help reduce your carbon "footprint" as a runner.

Stimulus could increase government efficiency
By Erik Bonnett
Daylighting is a shovel-ready building retrofit that saves energy and money while increasing the productivity of government workers.

Frequently Asked Questions
Common questions on green building, energy and transportation
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RMI and Empire State Building Unveil Global Template for Energy Efficient Building Retrofits

The Empire State Building has released a breakthrough process to retrofit existing structures for environmental sustainability and announced plans to undergo a $13.2 million dollar project to reduce its energy consumption by 35 to 40 percent while saving $4.4 million annually in energy costs.

RMI's newly created website,, showcases the tools and processes that resulted from the project, and includes a video, interactive model, and information on best practices for future building retrofits.

Over the past 13 months, Rocky Mountain Institute together with consulting, design, and construction partners Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), used existing and newly created modeling, measurement, and projection tools to establish a full understanding of the building’s energy use and carbon output as well as its functional efficiencies and deficiencies.

Using this new, replicable template, the Empire State Building team identified eight economically viable projects, such as building-wide renovations, electrical and ventilation system upgrades, and tenant space overhauls, that will provide a significant return on investment, both environmentally and financially.

Rocky Mountain Institute acted as a design partner and peer reviewer, ensuring the building saved even more energy and money than originally was thought possible.

In the words of RMI's chairman and chief scientist, Amory Lovins, “In order to make cities cleaner and more energy efficient, there is a real need for a replicable model for retrofitting existing buildings. This global template will help to significantly reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy in buildings all over the world.”

See Media Coverage:
The UK Guardian: Empire State Building gets a green makeover to cut CO2 emissions
The Boston Globe: Team looks to turn Empire State Building green
The New York Times: Empire State Bldg. Plans a Growth Spurt, Environmentally                                                                
Forbes: Empire State Building Going Green

For continued updates, check out the media section on the new Empire State Building website. 

Bright Automotive Set to Turn RMI's Lightweight, Hyper-efficient Vehicle Concept Into Reality

Indiana's Bright Automotive is set to turn Rocky Mountain Institute's lightweight, hyper-efficient vehicle concept into reality.

On April 21st, the start-up vehicle company, which launched out of RMI last year, will unveil the IDEA--a 100 mpg equivalent plug-in hybrid concept vehicle. By 2012, Bright expects to begin producing 50,000 IDEAs a year, thereby creating over 5,000 jobs by 2013.

To achieve such groundbreaking fuel efficiency, Bright Automotive is maximizing platform efficiency--incorporating lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamics and low-rolling resistance tires to use less combined energy.

On a full charge, the IDEA will operate in all-electric mode for the first 30 miles before switching to hybrid mode for a full range of 400 miles. For a typical drive of 50 miles, the vehicle consumes ½ gallon of gasoline – equivalent to 100 mpg fuel efficiency.

Read more on AutoBlogGreen.

For more on RMI's Efficient, Lightweight Vehicle Concept See:
Project Get Ready
How to Design a Light, Big, and Safe Car
Plug-in Hybrids Address the Other Energy Security Issue: The Grid
Design and Manufacture of an Affordable Advanced-Composite Automotive Body Structure (PDF)

Helping Businesses/Organizations Make Money Doing What’s Right

Rocky Mountain Institute ® (RMI) is a nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources so that companies, governments and organizations are more efficient, make more money and do less harm to the environment. RMI is engaged in cutting-edge research on oil independence, renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, resource planning, green buildings and radically efficient transportation.

Our innovations have profoundly influenced the energy sector, helped corporations to change how they do business and informed governments about key enabling policy reforms. RMI areas of expertise include: energy use and supply, buildings & land development, transportation, manufacturing, climate protection and community economic development.

RMI is a think and do tank. About half our support comes from individual donors and foundation grants, whose tax-deductible donations fund our leading edge research projects and implementation. The other half comes from earned revenue — from consulting for corporations and governments to implement the research findings made possible by our generous donors. Learn more about how to support RMI's research.

Federal Energy Policy Goals

RMI has released its Top Federal Energy Policy Goals, which can reduce U.S. oil use and greenhouse gas emissions each by 50 percent in 10 years.

Download RMI's Top Federal Energy Policy Goals

Commemorating Greg Franta

With great sadness, we learned of Greg Franta's passing on March 10th. Greg was well-respected and loved both at RMI and in the broader sustainable architecture field. RMI has established the Greg Franta Leadership Fund to honor and continue Greg's work. MORE.
Oil Map Webtool
Solutions Journal

RMI's MOVE team has recently developed this dynamic, interactive map in partnership with Google. The map shows how much oil the U.S. has imported, from where, and how much we have spent every month since 1973.

Go to the Oil Map
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