Columnists: Kimi Narita

Kimi Narita is director of strategic engagement, City Energy Project, Santa Monica, CA, for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She studied anthropology and biology in college to better understand human interaction with the environment. During her time at Stanford Law School, she had her first experience with NRDC as a litigation/India Initiative intern working on energy and water issues in the San Francisco office. She returned to NRDC as the MAP Energy Fellow in the Chicago office where she worked on defending renewable energy standards and promoting energy efficiency policy both at the state and city level. She now works on improving energy efficiency in large buildings through city-based initiatives.

Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan — Here’s How

With the final Clean Power Plan rule coming out any day now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there’s a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to — the voice of cities. Mayors, city councils, and city staff have critical roles to play   …Continue Reading

Salt Lake City Accelerates Energy Efficiency in City Facilities

Salt Lake City is on a roll. Back in mid-2014 EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy helped celebrate the launch of Salt Lake City’s Mayor Skyline Challenge, a multi-year competition that encourages building owners to save energy and therefore improve air quality. Then, in December 2014, the White House recognized the city as a Climate Action Champion for showing leadership   …Continue Reading