Empire State Building Glows Green for Rocky Mountain Institute's 30th Anniversary

Institute celebrates three decades of impact at the iconic building.

The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.
The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.
  • The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.
    The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.
    The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.
    The Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission by ESBC.

Snowmass, CO--The Empire State Building will be lit green tomorrow, May 10, to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Rocky Mountain Institute’s founding, and to celebrate three decades of impact driving the efficient and restorative use of resources. This lighting coincides with an RMI-hosted 30th anniversary event at the iconic office building themed “Celebrating Solutions.”

There, guests will enjoy 360-degree views from the 61st floor while hearing firsthand from RMI’s co-founder and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins, Anthony Malkin, president of Malkin Holdings, LLC, and Emmy award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about RMI’s work to create and implement solutions that advance energy and resource efficiency and renewables, including its role in the Empire State Building’s successful energy-efficiency retrofit.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this institutional milestone at the world’s most famous office building, where RMI and partners were proud to achieve a breakthrough energy efficiency retrofit program," said RMI Executive Director Marty Pickett.

RMI, in partnership with consulting, design, and production partners Clinton Climate Initiative, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Johnson Controls, helped develop the award-winning energy efficiency retrofit of the New York landmark. Announced in April 2009, the deep retrofit was projected to save 38 percent of the building’s energy and $4.4 million annually. Since the retrofit’s completion, the building has become a worldwide model for how owners of multi-tenant commercial spaces can save money, attract and retain tenants, and create jobs by slashing their energy use.

“We knew that by retrofitting the Empire State Building, we would catch the world’s attention,” Malkin said during an August 2011 Aspen Business Luncheon. “Through this project, we set out to prove or disprove energy efficiency retrofits’ economic viability. The program is designed to be open source, free, and widely available.”

Co-founded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, who remains an active thought leader as chairman and chief scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute now has approximately 75 full-time staff, an annual budget of nearly $12 million, and a global reputation.

“For thirty years RMI’s collaboration with business, government, and civil society has shown that a new energy era, based on efficiency and renewables can improve security, economy, environment, and health,” RMI’s CEO Michael Potts said. “RMI looks forward to engaging with creative and powerful partners to overcome barriers that stand in the way of a clean energy era for the next 30 years.”

RMI supporters from the Dutch and United Postcode Lotteries will launch this year's Green Challenge at the RMI30 celebration. The Green Challenge calls on entrepreneurs from around the world to submit business plans for innovative and products or services that directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, score highly on convenience, quality, and design, and can be commercialized in two years. RMI Executive Director Marty Pickett will serve for a third year as a member of the international jury that selects the winners.