skip to main content

→ Top Stories:
Clean Power plan
Safe Chemicals

Melissa Wright, Director, City Energy Project, New York

Melissa Wright

Melissa Wright is Director of the City Energy Project – a collaboration between NRDC and the Institute for Market Transformation. She works to establish successful, replicable, market-based policies in a critical mass of U.S. cities to dramatically improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the nation’s building stock.

Before joining NRDC in 2012, Melissa worked for New York City’s Division of Energy Management where she was responsible for implementation of the PlaNYC initiative to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017. She has also served as a Policy Advisor for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability and as a Development Associate at Greenbelt Alliance in San Francisco. Melissa holds a master’s degree of public administration in environmental policy and science from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Oberlin College.

Recent Posts

Our Cities, Our Climate

Posted October 21, 2015 by Melissa Wright

, , ,

'Will all the mayors in the room please stand up to be recognized?' It was indeed a time for cities to take a bow in no less a hallowed institution than the U.S. Department of State, for their important role...continued

The Latest Health Trend: Cutting Out Climate Change

Posted July 9, 2015 by Melissa Wright

, , , , ,

Comments (1)

One of the world's most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet, published a report a couple weeks ago about the impact climate change is having on our health. The central finding of the report is significant: "tackling climate change could be...continued

Boston Joins the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

Posted April 1, 2015 by Melissa Wright

, , , ,

Today, kudos go out to the city of Boston, a member of the City Energy Project, for joining a growing cadre of leading cities that are committing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 or before....continued

City Energy Project Cities' Buildings Make ENERGY STAR Top 10

Posted March 26, 2015 by Melissa Wright

, , , , ,

This week the federal ENERGY STAR program announced the list of the 25 cities that had the most ENERGY STAR-certified buildings in 2014, and we're proud to say that City Energy Project (CEP) cities were well represented among them. Not...continued

New York's Next Step in Cutting Carbon from Buildings

Posted March 9, 2015 by Melissa Wright

, , , ,

When New York City leads, the world follows. That's why the announcement a few weeks ago of the creation of a technical working group to help the city cut greenhouse gas emissions from its building sector by 30 percent by...continued

Leading Multifamily Buildings are Recognized by EPA ENERGY STAR Program

Posted November 20, 2014 by Melissa Wright

, , , , , ,

Last Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the first multifamily and condo buildings to earn an ENERGY STAR certification. These multifamily properties were the first in the nation to receive the certification which shows that...continued

At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency

Posted October 17, 2014 by Melissa Wright

, , , , , ,

Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...continued

Bloomberg Challenges Multifamily Buildings to Reduce Energy Waste; NYC Real Estate Industry Accepts

Posted December 31, 2013 by Melissa Wright

, , , ,

Comments (2)

Some good news out of the departing Bloomberg Administration in NYC this week – citywide climate change pollution is down 19% since 2005. This means that the city is already nearly two-thirds of the way toward reaching its PlaNYC goal...continued

NYC Releases 1st Year-to-Year Building Energy Performance Data; Becomes 1st in US to Share Details on Large Residential Properties

Posted September 25, 2013 by Melissa Wright

, , , , , ,

Comments (3)

A new study released by the Mayor’s office today shows that New York City is making great strides in identifying energy wasted from its largest source of climate change pollution: its buildings. The report released today provides information on energy...continued


Switchboard is the staff blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the nation’s most effective environmental group. For more about our work, including in-depth policy documents, action alerts and ways you can contribute, visit

Feeds: Melissa Wright’s blog

Feeds: Stay Plugged In