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Eliza Hotchkiss

Project Manager IV-Research | 303-384-7309

Eliza Hotchkiss is a Technical Project Lead with the Markets & Policy Impact Analysis Group at NREL leading disaster recovery, resilience, and sustainable development efforts. Her focus is on analysis and outreach to increase deployment of sustainable, clean energy technologies and best practices at all levels of government for sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. As part of a team of experts deployed across the nation to support FEMA with disaster recovery, Eliza has seen the impacts of natural disasters on communities first-hand, and contributed to numerous recovery and preparedness plans. Those lessons have been applied in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Africa, and across the United States to identify ways to increase the resiliency of communities and nations. Eliza led the Colorado project for resiliency for the White House Council on Environmental Quality under the Obama administration, the results of which have been developed into a Resiliency Roadmap for broader replicability to enhance resilient communities across the U.S. Prior to joining NREL, Eliza lived and worked in England supporting development and implementation of building performance standards for the European Union, greenhouse gas inventorying and reduction programs, appliance labeling, and carbon footprint labels for products and industries.

Areas of Expertise

Resilience and recovery strategies
Energy efficiency in buildings
Low emission development strategies
Greenhouse gas accounting and mitigation analysis

Research Interests

Policies and technical solutions to increase resilience
Disaster recovery policies and technical support for communities, states and nations
International and domestic sustainable and holistic low emission development strategies, along with mitigation and adaption


M.S. Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings, Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford, England, 2004
B.A. Geography and Geology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 2001

Prior Work Experience

Technical Project Lead and Section Supervisor, NREL, Golden, Colorado (2009–present)

Specialist Consultant, AEA, Harwell, England (2007–2009) Energy Advisor, Carbon Trust, Eynsham, England (2006–2007)

Associate, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt, Colorado (2005–2006)

Featured Publications

Sadie Cox, Pieter Gagnon, Sherry Stout, Owen Zinaman, Andrea Watson, Eliza Hotchkiss. 2016. Distributed Generation to Support Development-Focused Climate Action. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-66597, 30 pp.

R. Chang, S. Hayter, E. Hotchkiss, S. Pless, J. Sielcken, C. Smith-Larney. 2014. Aspinall Courthouse: GSA's Historic Preservation and Net-Zero Renovation Case Study. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. DOE/GO-102014-4462.

A. Carpenter, E. Hotchkiss, A. Kandt. 2013. Interagency Pilot of Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tools: Lessons Learned. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-56602.

Eliza Hotchkiss, Ian Metzger, James Salasovich, Paul Schwabe. 2013. Alternative Energy Generation Opportunities in Critical Infrastructure: New Jersey. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-60631.

A. Kandt, E. Hotchkiss, A. Walker.J. Buddenborg, J. Lindberg. 2011. Implementing Solar Photovoltaic Projects on Historic Buildings and in Historic Districts. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A40-51297.

A. Kandt, E. Hotchkiss, M. Fiebig. 2010. Beyond the Inventory: An Interagency Collaboration to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-7A20-49291.

Heather Haydock Jo-Anne Arbon, Mihaela Dupleac, Eliza Hotchkiss, Emma Veryan, Nigel Pratten, Helene Brayer, Diana Goult. Study on Energy Performance of Buildings. European Parliament. IP/A/ITRE/FWC/2006-087/lot 4/C1/SC4.

Full list of Eliza Hotchkiss publications (NREL)