Manager, Building Energy Initiative—Chicago
Areas of expertise: Energy Management, Sustainability Management, Sustainable Built Environments, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Devesh manages the implementation of EDF Climate Corps' Chicago metropolitan area regional and buildings-focused effort that seeks to accelerate the adoption of energy management best practices amongst the building owner / operator industry. Our vision is 50 buildings participating in Climate Corps in 2014 that together will commit to 30 million kWh reduction in energy consumption. Beyond the quantitative targets, the focus and reach of this program within the network of collaborators and partners in the Chicago area and EDF’s larger Energy and Climate expertise should help to remove barriers to greater energy-efficiency and enable participation in innovative market-based opportunities to reduce consumption, save money and reduce GHG emissions. As such, the program provides year-round support to participating building owner / operators through 5 Deep Dive building projects and a Peer Learning Network.
Devesh has an environmental economics, policy and science background with specific experiences in managing sustainability, energy and green building programs in large local governments and North America’s largest residential property management company. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the US Green Building Council and has served on the Board of the Florida Green Building Coalition and the Steering Committee of the STAR Community Sustainability Index. He has actively participated in other relevant organizations like BOMA, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Devesh is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Operations and Maintenance accredited professional (LEED AP O+M)
- Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) / Masters of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)—graduated with honors
- BA Economics / BS Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
Co-author: Chapter 7 on Technology Transfer and Financial Resources of the United States’ 3rd National Communication to the UNFCCC on behalf of USAID’s Climate Change Office (2003)