Catherine Luthin

MBA, Energy Managers Hall of Fame

Luthin Strategy | Principal


Track H: Decarbonization and Electrification

Session H1: Empowering Staff and Building a Decarbonization Culture

September 25, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session H1 Chairperson

Most corporations and Institutions are recognizing their climate leadership role and have committed to deep decarbonization goals. Many have achieved significant energy efficiency reductions and have ongoing commitments to reduce their carbon footprints further. The pivotal factors influencing the long-term success of such initiatives is establishing a culture to achieve an organization decarbonization and sustainability goals and the proficiency of the building operations personnel. The need for well-trained staff is becoming ever more critical, as decarbonization leads to increasing system complexity This presentation delves into the critical role played by onsite staff in maintaining and enhancing energy savings achieved during typical projects.
This panel will examine the different ways training has been achieved, while recognizing different stages of progress an institution may face. Panel members will discuss the decarbonization paths their facilities have achieved, creating a culture to achieve ongoing initiatives and goals and how training is the key to obtaining and maintaining deep carbonization efforts at their facilities. Elements of a successful staff training program will be discussed focusing on the importance of equipping building operations personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustain energy-efficient practices. A collaborative training approach will be stressed to ensure active involvement in achieving and maintaining energy conservation goals.

Speaker Bio

Catherine Luthin is a pioneer in energy management and sustainability, with over 30 years of industry experience within corporate, nonprofit and regulatory environments. She was the Founder and President of Luthin Associates, a leading energy management consulting firm that helps public and private sector clients develop and implement proactive energy strategies, better source energy, operate more efficiently, integrate renewable energies and achieve significant cost savings. With extensive experience in the education, healthcare and real estate sectors, Luthin Associates has helped drive more than $750 million in savings for its clients. Luthin also serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Consumer Power Advocates (CPA), which helps large, institutional nonprofits in the education and health sectors decrease energy costs through regulatory affairs and programs that shape energy policies in New York State. At present she is the founder of Luthin Strategy, an energy policy lobbying firm.

A nationally recognized leader in the energy industry, Luthin has served on a working group for the City of New York on the implementation of Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97), has served on a Strategic Advisory Group as part of the New York State Public Service Commission’s Energy Efficiency & Building Electrification Performance Management and Improvement Process Plan which established current energy decarbonization programs for the state. She formerly served as the Energy Policy Chairperson for AEE’s Council on Women and Environmental Leadership.

Luthin has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. She can be found with AEE’s Energy Mangers Hall of Fame and has earned “Energy Service Professional of the Year” for the State of New York and International “Energy Service Professional of the Year” by AEE, in addition to being selected as one of 10 winners of Green Building & Design’s annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards.

Luthin received her MBA and bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.