Company Overview

Who We Are

RMI is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. Since our founding in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus, we have grown to 300 staff working on four continents with a global reach and reputation.

Our Mission: Transforming the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all.

Our Vision is a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever.

What We Do

RMI decarbonizes energy systems through rapid, market-based change in the world’s most critical geographies to align with a 1.5°C future and address the climate crisis. We work with businesses, policymakers, communities and other organizations to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2030.

For nearly 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to both publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.

How We Do It
We stand at an unprecedented time in human history. We have until 2030 to avoid the worst effects of the climate crisis, and we must do so while growing global economies and bringing modern services to those who still lack them. And while we have technologies that can replace fossil fuels and bring clean power to all, they aren’t being deployed as fast as this crisis demands.

To meet the challenge of confronting the climate crisis while improving lives, business-as-usual approaches aren’t enough. RMI’s approach is to THINK bigger, DO boldly, and SCALE globally. We apply rigorous research and analysis to unlock market-based solutions that can be replicated and implemented now. We then work with partners to activate the market catalysts—new technologies and business model innovations, finance and capital flows, big data and capacity building, all sped by effective policy—that can drive rapid, systemic change and economy-wide transformation.

Learn more about our five year vision.

Our Values

  • Lasting Impact We are accountable to have impact and deliver it through teamwork and external collaboration. Our work and reputation rest on three legs: quality, integrity, and independence.
  • Bold Innovation We encourage and support entrepreneurship and business building. We foster creativity and innovation.
  • Unrivaled Team We attract, motivate, develop, and retain the best group of diverse people. We combine humility in our behavior with boldness in our strategic thinking.
  • Effective Frugality We use our resources thoughtfully and transparently. We promote a healthy balance between work and personal life.



Diversity of our workforce is one of our core values at RMI and we strive to achieve a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities that we serve. Achieving this diversity—whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability—is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we:

  • Have the diversity of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges
  • Have a culture of inclusion and respect that enables us to attract and keep diverse talent
  • Are able to secure the talent that we need with access to the full talent pool
  • Are able to relate to decision makers within diverse communities

Increasing diversity within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.


At RMI, we believe finding the balance between working to live and living to work is a mutually beneficial relationship between employee and employer. We are committed to supporting our staff in their individual pursuits of happiness.

Whom We Seek
Rocky Mountain Institute hires unusual people, because what we do is both vital and very hard. We transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. To create that world, our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. But that’s not easy, or it’d have been done already.

A 185+-person think-and-do tank with such an ambitious goal needs gifted people with focus, courage, and vision. Vaulting the barriers to turning our vision into reality is a great and worthy challenge. Its success will help determine the human prospect. If you want not just a job but a calling of honor, where you not only earn a living but make a difference that sustains life, consider RMI. If your reach exceeds your grasp and you relish achieving the almost impossible, try us. If you want to tell your grandchildren how you helped lead the journey beyond fossil fuels to make a world free of waste, want, and war, join us to help make it so.

Company Summary
Rocky Mountain Institute
Number of Employees
(303) 245-1003
2490 Junction Place
Boulder, CO