Sarah Sausan is a PhD student conducting research on geothermal technology in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy. With a MS in Energy Engineering and experience as a product manager in the energy-tech space, her passion for renewables and energy transition led her to explore Project Rhino. Sarah was also selected to join the Summer Ecopreneurial Immersion (Eco-SEI) cohort in 2023.
SIF-Eco Focus – Project Rhino
Project Rhino explores the intersection between clean energy, software, and AI. The project aims to cut the time and effort needed for energy prospect evaluation by 80%. Thus, new players can participate in the clean energy boom with much less upfront cost.
SIF-Eco Focus – Vrinda
Blake is a distinguished scholar focused on enabling market transformation to combat the climate crisis and create well-paying green jobs. In 2023, he graduated from Stanford’s School of Engineering with an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon. His leadership experience spans roles in entrepreneurship, federal and state policy, and workforce programming. Within the Biden Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, he supported the R&D commercialization strategy focused on accelerating the adoption of cost-effective technologies that enable high-performing, energy-efficient and demand-flexible buildings. His prior experience includes energy technology research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, staffing at the Oregon State Legislature, and leading the student government at Portland Community College.
SIF-Eco Focus – SOURCE Climate Solutions
Rapid scaling of deep retrofits is needed to meet U.S. and global climate goals. Existing buildings need to be retrofitted at 3x the annual rate of today to reach the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet today, adopting cost-effective building energy retrofits, from identification to implementation is burdensome and too often unattainable. With a lack of standardization, a fragmented customer experience, and sparse access to financing, millions of building owners and operators are sitting on untapped and profitable energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Our multi-modal technology platform empowers building owners and energy retrofit firms to streamline project design, implement integrative design, and expand access to financing. SOURCE Climate Solutions is focused on creating simplicity and trust in project development to expand access to cost-effective climate solutions projects.