TreeHugger Welcomes Guest Poster The Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources so that companies, governments and organizations are more efficient, make more money, and do less harm to the environment. RMI is engaged in cutting-edge research on oil independence, renewable energy technologies, distributed energy, resource planning, green buildings, and radically efficient transportation.

Our innovations have profoundly influenced the energy sector, helped corporations to change how they do business, and informed governments about key enabling policy reforms. RMI areas of expertise include: energy use and supply, buildings and land development, transportation, manufacturing, climate protection, and community economic development.

RMI is a think and do tank. About half of its support comes from individual donors and foundation grants, whose donations fund our leading edge research projects and implementation. The other half comes from earned revenue--from consulting for corporations and governments to implement the research findings made possible by generous donors.

Rebecca Cole, current guest writer, is the web content manager for Rocky Mountain Institute where she helps drive the direction, strategy and content for RMI's online presence. Prior to her position with RMI, Rebecca was the online editor for ColoradoBiz, a monthly business publication located in Denver.

She took some time off between the two positions to participate in a fellowship program in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Washington bureau of The Tribune Publishing Company, reporting on politics, energy, technology and the environment for their two flagship publications, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. Rebecca has a BA in communications from the University of Iowa and is working towards a master's degree in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.