Emily Nilson

Researcher, Global Energy Program, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities


Emily Nilson is a Researcher for WRI’s Global Energy Program. She conducts research on securing renewable energy purchase commitments and energy efficiency investments and on implementing building efficiency and sustainable infrastructure in cities, with a focus on innovative business and financial models, market information on building performance, and the evolving role of buildings in urban energy systems. In addition, Emily supports the Global Energy Program Director in strategic planning and administrative duties and supports the coordination of the Building Efficiency Accelerator global partnership.

Prior to joining WRI, Emily worked at Central European University, where she managed an environmental education project to train environmental decision-makers and international civil servants on the application of data-driven geospatial technologies and remote sensing in water management, disaster risk reduction, and urban sustainability. Prior to that, she worked in the financial services industry as an auditor.

Emily holds a joint European Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, for which she studied at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), Lund University (Lund, Sweden), and the University of the Aegean (Lesvos, Greece). She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. Emily grew up in Connecticut and currently lives in Washington, DC. 


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