Expanding Multifamily Energy Efficiency Nationwide
Elevate Energy’s vision is to provide a blueprint to accelerate the growth of leading-edge energy efficiency programs for multifamily housing that results in unprecedented nationwide energy savings. We’re working with an array of partners in six locations to make our vision a reality.
Energy efficiency in multifamily buildings has huge potential: reducing energy costs 15 to 30 percent and $3.4 billion annually, while helping to keep rent affordable and tenants comfortable.
Our program is based on the success of Elevate Energy’s full-service multifamily program in Chicago, which has retrofit more than 20,000 units, saving building owners $42 million and creating more than 500 local jobs.
What We Offer
Elevate Energy, in collaboration with New Ecology, Inc., is developing full-service multifamily programs in key markets, modeled after our Chicago program. We connect local organizations with start-up capital and help design and develop energy efficiency programs for the hard-to-reach affordable multifamily housing sector. We provide:
- Proven systems and business models that can be adapted by market
- Established QA/QC processes
- Access to start-up capital and financing
- Collaboration with fellow industry experts to share best practices
In the process of developing our network, we talked with organizations across the country who were attempting to create their own multifamily energy efficiency programs. The feedback on what was needed was consistent: provide financial support, reduce the learning curve and increase the chances of success.
- Operations support. “We’re growing so fast that we’re trying to build these systems ourselves. I wish we didn’t all have to come up with our own systems.”
- Financing assistance. “If we had reliable funding that we knew we could count on, we could certainly serve a lot more people.”
- Communications training. “The biggest issue is ‘energy illiteracy.’ There is a lack of understanding of what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.”
- Policy advising. “Pushing energy efficiency in the multifamily sector requires cooperation from local utilities.”
Chicago: Our original program that started it all. Since 2007, Elevate Energy has retrofit more than 20,000 units of affordable multifamily housing in the Chicago region. In collaboration with our lending partner, Community Investment Corporation, Elevate Energy is able to provide Chicago-area building owners with a full suite of energy efficiency services including site assessment, contractor selection, construction management, project financing, and post-retrofit monitoring.
Michigan: Elevate Energy is helping Michigan Energy Options (MEO) launch a full-service energy efficiency initiative focused on serving the affordable multifamily sector. Elevate Energy provided MEO with program management infrastructure using a customized Salesforce interface; templates and tools including audit reports and an energy savings calculator; and communications and outreach support. With start-up funds from Consumer Energy and support from Elevate Energy, Michigan Energy Options is serving the low-income sector with energy efficiency services.
Pennsylvania: Elevate Energy is providing Action Housing, located in Pittsburgh, with technical expertise, tools, and templates to help establish “The One Stop,” an energy efficiency services initiative serving affordable housing partners in western Pennsylvania.
Virginia: Elevate Energy is supporting Richmond Region Energy Alliance to complete energy baselines of up to 100 Richmond area affordable multifamily properties to build regional interest and support for an energy efficiency program.
Louisiana: In collaboration with New Ecology, Inc. and Green Coast Enterprise, Elevate Energy is supporting the start-up of an energy services company that provides Southeastern U.S. building owners access to energy efficiency expertise as well as building energy management services.
Central and Southern Illinois: Elevate Energy is expanding its Chicago-based program to central and southern Illinois in collaboration with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Housing Development Agency, and Enterprise Community Partners. We are helping owners to complete energy baselines of affordable multifamily properties – click here if you’re interested in applying.
Our Key Staff
Abigail Corso is currently the Director of New Market Initiatives at Elevate Energy, and is leading the effort to expand affordable multifamily energy efficiency programs into new markets outside of the Chicago region. Abby brings a variety of skills to new markets development including business planning, energy efficiency program design, operations and systems customization, quality assurance planning and implementation, and communications and outreach.
Angelina Benson-Glanz is currently the Manager of New Market Initiatives at Elevate Energy, and is leading the effort to expand affordable multifamily energy efficiency programs in Michigan and western Pennsylvania. She brings a wide range of experience from her work at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office including the Retrofit Chicago residential and commercial energy efficiency initiatives as well as her experience in business strategy consulting. Angelina is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Andrew Kinaci is the Senior Project Lead on the New Market Initiatives team. Andrew previously worked as a Senior Energy Analyst with Elevate Energy’s Multifamily program, and brings valuable field experience to the team. Andrew is currently working on prototyping new technologies and services as well as conducting market research for new program sites.
Louise Sharrow is the New Market Initiatives Associate and works on research and market analysis as well as assisting with partner support and program implementation. She completed her Masters of Public Affairs, focused on Policy Analysis, at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She brings experience with community-based programs from working with Minneapolis energy nonprofits, and volunteer experience from working with government programs in Bloomington and Cincinnati.
Tim Skrotzki is the Market Development Lead of New Market Initiatives. He supports Elevate Energy’s partnership with Michigan Energy Options by providing a local presence to expand the implementation of multifamily energy efficiency services across the state of Michigan. Tim brings experience as a consultant, project manager, and LEED AP, and has an advanced business degree with a focus in sustainable development and EcoDistrict programs.
If you’d like to learn more about our program, please call Abigail Corso at 773.321.2663 or email
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