Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, 501(c)(3) nonprofit think-and-do tank™. We envisage a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever. To that end, our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. RMI is engaged in cutting-edge research on oil independence, renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, resource planning, green buildings and radically efficient transportation. RMI’s work incorporates a unique blend of whole-system thinking, integrative design, end-use/least-cost analysis, and an interdisciplinary knowledge of advanced technologies and techniques.

Solar panels may harness the sun’s energy in the same way that plants do, but while some rural residents view them as another revenue-enhancing crop, others see them more as weed-like nuisances that threaten their pastoral way of life.

The territory's new energy policy became law earlier this year — and regulators are deciding what mix of renewables it has.
They're a win-win for building owners, utilities and society at large. Plus, there are ways for everyone to get involved.
The opportunity to invest is massive, and new ownership models from subcontracting to cooperatives can help communities get in on the action.
The shift can promote energy equity, foster local ownership and avoid expensive and polluting investments in fossil fuels.
And three residential policies can promote economic development, improve health and reduce carbon emissions.
As misconceptions about the emerging tech abound, we can dispel common myths to encourage hydrogen's potential for decarbonization.
How long homes can maintain the last comfortable temperature during extreme weather can make the difference between life and death.
Production might be out of sight, out of mind, but CO2 is embedded in products through minerals and materials. How do we measure it?
The Chinese city's innovative policies provide incentives that stick for users. Here's what we can learn.