Energy expert Rory Christian joins the Faculty of Sustainable Management
In the spring of 2021, Rory Christian, a new faculty member in Science Masters in the Sustainability Management (SUMA) program, will begin teaching our analysis for energy efficiency. Energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Christian began his career in the energy industry at KeySpan Energy (2002-2007), where he served as senior accountant for government agencies in Long Island and New York City. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating activities between Keyspan and government agencies, negotiating contracts, preparing emergency plans, and facilitating work to meet the work needs of both organizations.
Based on that experience, Christian was transferred to the Excel Energy Public Sector Group as Senior Business Development Manager, which helped build Eculon’s business relationships at all levels in the government sector. While in this role, he developed new products for the public sector and helped create many partnerships and partnerships.
Christian was then hired as the energy director of the New York City Housing Authority. He has been accused of managing the Authority’s $ 500+ million energy portfolio in an effort to reduce annual energy costs by meeting city, state and federal greenhouse gas emissions requirements. His work laid the foundation for many of NYCHA’s current energy and sustainability efforts.
During his five years with the Environmental Fund (IDF), he provided strategic management, programming, business development, and stakeholder collaboration for the clean energy program in New York. A multidisciplinary team (economists, lawyers and engineers) oversees the design, implementation and management of legal and policy campaigns and solutions to reduce the environmental impact of electricity production.
Christian has successfully grown and expanded the EDF Climate Program in NYC, placing graduate students in a variety of roles in state and city government agencies, and supporting the implementation of renewable energy and competency goals in New York and New York; And has played a key role in promoting the use of smart meters throughout New York State, leading EDF policies related to the state’s energy vision initiative.
During the Spring 2021 semester, Christian will bring all this knowledge to SUMA analysis, which explores best practices in energy management. In the interview below, Christian gives some additional insights about his experience and the upcoming course.
If you see energy as the lifeblood of our society, then your strength and resilience are an indication of how effective we can be with energy use.
What is your background in the energy industry?
I have spent my entire career in a number of roles in the industry. First, as a civil engineer, by building and maintaining the infrastructure needed to support electrical and natural gas systems. Then, as a power marketer, it aims to reduce the impact of their environment, often by developing and selling electricity products and services to large energy consumers across the country. Before I developed an energy efficiency policy with the Environmental Fund, I left the venue to manage New York City housing officials’ $ 500 million utility portfolio. Today, I work as a consultant to provide guidance and support to public and private sector clients exploring options to reduce climate impact on targeted, cost-effective initiatives.
Why do you think it is important for sustainable professionals to learn about energy efficiency?
If you see energy as the lifeblood of our society, then your strength and resilience are an indication of how effective we can be with energy use. The more energy we need to maintain our quality of life, the less fuel and natural gas we need, the more power we have built, and fewer transmission lines built by our communities.
Energy efficiency is a very cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions for building residents, construction owners, surrounding communities, and the community at large. Understanding the effectiveness of energy efficiency in the past and the role it can play in the future prepares future sustainability professionals for a variety of roles.
Is there a specific project that you are involved in developing more energy efficient buildings?
I am working with the New York City Government to determine regulatory and policy strategies, as well as incentives and penalties, to expedite action from building owners. I also work with the Federal Agency as a benchmark for promoting energy-saving behavior between tenants and landlords’ investments. In addition to energy efficiency in buildings, as an active member of the Energy Management Advisory Group on Climate Management and Community Protection, I will help formulate a NY State policy to significantly reduce the use of natural gas. I work for the Local Justice Board and work closely with local groups throughout the state.
In what ways can buildings and practices change to reduce environmental impact by increasing environmental concerns at the forefront of public discussion?
For most commercial and residential buildings, the use of electricity for fossil fuels, such as natural gas and oil (eg, heating, hot water), is considered the best way forward. For most buildings in the United States, the emission of electricity from the grid is low, which reduces the emission of buildings. As the role of renewable energy in the grid increases, emissions decrease further, resulting in a further emission reduction for those exposed to electricity.
Are there any additional details you would like to add to your course that may interest students to enroll?
The course explores how buildings are used and lost energy, and usually adjusts the subject’s attention to the audience. By the end of the lesson, students will understand the factors that building owners should consider when building energy efficiency projects, develop energy efficiency policies that affect buildings, and consider the impact of energy efficiency in the energy value chain.
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