Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
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Director of Residential Programs
Lauren Brois is the Director of the Homeowner Program at Energize NY, a community based non-profit located in Westchester County, NY. Energize NY guides homeowners through the process of making home energy efficiency improvements while taking advantage of NY State and utility incentives. Through her work, more than 1,300 Westchester homes have become more energy efficient, saving homeowners a total of $2.5 million annually and reducing greenhouse gases by 2,600 tonnes. Lauren also works with local officials, community organizations and volunteers to best deliver Energize NY’s resources to homeowners, including creating educational content and social media messaging. This spring, Lauren was a featured speaker at the Better Buildings Summit in Washington, DC and profiled the creative marketing and community-based messaging she has pioneered during her nearly five years at Energize NY.
Lauren is a highly committed Environmental Educator with a strong record of influencing community behavior and government policies through innovative education programs, creative marketing strategies and strong community relationships. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and dedicated to creating a more sustainable community by reducing waste.
Outside of work, Lauren is a familiar presence at numerous sustainability initiatives across Westchester County. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Bedford 2020, her town’s sustainability organization founded to reduce Bedford’s carbon footprint 20% by 2020. Lauren’s recent projects include launching a Community Compost program, starting Single Stream Recycling and supporting the Greenlight Awards, a sustainability competition for local high school students which allows them to showcase their solutions to environmental challenges. Lauren also volunteers with Green Ossining, hosting the largest Earth Day Celebration in Westchester County, NY and helps organize the monthly Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series
Lauren got her start in the environmental movement as an undergraduate at SUNY New Paltz, where she was the campus Recycling Coordinator. She spearheaded new environmental initiatives such as consumption demonstrations, recycling-themed gameshow competitions and a dorm move-out program. A certified NY State teacher and sustainability specialist with over 9 years of experience in reducing waste in community settings, Lauren is proud to be engaging with communities, building relationships, and using the power of education to create behavioral and environmental change.