Engaging Stakeholders

March 23, 2023

Engaging Stakeholders In Building Decarbonization Planning: Introduction To Community, Affordable Housing, Health, Economic Inclusion, And Other Stakeholders

Building retrofits and decarbonization require collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders. In this webinar, our speakers delve into cross-sectoral collaboration and how it can be leveraged to achieve multiple-benefit retrofit initiatives, while keeping racial and economic equity principles at the center. We introduce community, affordable housing, health, economic inclusion, and other relevant stakeholders, highlight useful case studies of successful cross-sectoral collaborations, and discuss potential next steps in assembling your building decarbonization team. 

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Annika Brindel, Director, Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity, ACEEE

Annika leads ACEEE’s Residential Retrofits for Energy Equity (R2E2) initiative, which aims to scale up energy upgrades of both subsidized and unsubsidized affordable housing, leveraging training and technical assistance to drive policy and program innovation, especially in frontline communities. She joined ACEEE in 2022. Prior to joining ACEEE, Annika led the National Housing Trust’s energy efficiency policy work in the Midwest. This included convening partners, intervening in regulatory proceedings, and advising state and local governments on issues related to energy affordability and multifamily energy efficiency. Before that she led the Alliance to Save Energy’s engagement of municipally-owned electric utilities.

Annika holds a master in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts in American history and German from Wesleyan University.

Callahan Seltzer, Principal, HR&A

Callahan supports public and private clients’ development and policy goals. Callahan has over 14 years of real estate finance experience across private and public sector development projects. Callahan was previously the National Director of Housing for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she managed LISC’s affordable housing portfolio across 37 local offices and drove affordable housing finance design, preservation strategies and collaborations with investors, banks, philanthropies, and municipal partners. Prior to her work at LISC, Callahan had an independent consulting practice focused on assisting public and nonprofit clients with residential and commercial real estate challenges. She worked closely with local governments on economic redevelopment and small businesses, as well as a variety of district energy and sustainable infrastructure projects.

Callahan holds a master’s in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Diana Morales, Research Analyst, ACEEE

Diana conducts research related to energy efficiency and clean energy policy led by local governments in cities and metropolitan regions in the US. She also contributes to the City Scorecard. Diana joined ACEEE in 2021. Before joining ACEEE, Diana worked at the US Green Building Council. Diana holds a master of sustainability with a focus on urban and energy systems from Chatham University and a bachelor of arts in psychology and anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Diana has conducted extensive research on the intersections between the built environment, renewable energy, and inclusive sustainable urban development.

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