2030 Climate Challenge

Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission Affordable Housing for All


RMI, in partnership with Emerald Cities Collaborative, NYCEEC, Association for Energy Affordability, and Enterprise Community Partners, will decarbonize the nation’s building sector through a two-pronged campaign focused on policy and retrofits of affordable multifamily housing in five states.

Project Factsheet
Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
2030 Climate Challenge
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • New York, United States
  • California, United States
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • Michigan, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

Buildings account for more than one-third of US energy-related carbon emissions. To meet 1.5°C climate targets and ensure equal access to healthy, affordable buildings, we must dramatically accelerate the pace of building retrofits. Scale Zero will establish a coordinated policy and retrofit implementation approach that will advance supportive policies and reduce the cost associated with zero-emission retrofits in five states. Our policy campaign will build coalitions of supporters to influence regulatory, legislative, and utility programs that drive market demand for zero-emission buildings. Our implementation efforts will focus on catalyzing thousands of affordable multifamily housing retrofits. By prioritizing historically marginalized communities, we ensure that they benefit first from the health and economic advantages of zero-emission buildings. Building on our existing work and deep expertise, we will push the market towards a “tipping point” that leads to catalytic national transformation.

Organization Details
Lead Organization


website: http://www.rmi.org
Organization Headquarters
Colorado, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$50.1 to 100 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
301 to 500

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